Saxophone/Piano Duo to Give Free Recital

09/27/2004

Contributed by Erik Kibelsbeck

The Ambassador Duo -- composed of saxophonist Clifford Leaman and pianist Derek Parsons -- will give a free guest recital at Ithaca College on Sunday, October 3.

The performance will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Ford Hall. With the exception of one piece by Debussy, all the works on the program were composed in the last 10 years, including a work enticingly entitled Tantrum.

Leaman and Parsons both hold master's degrees in music and doctorates in performance from the University of Michigan, where they met as graduate students in the mid-1980s. Parsons currently serves on the faculty of Furman University while Leaman teaches at the University of South Carolina.

Since its debut at the 1990 Southwest Contemporary Music Festival and Conference, the Ambassador Duo has been active throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Their repertoire covers a wide range of musical styles, from baroque transcriptions to the most recent avant-garde works for saxophone and piano.

Contributed by Erik Kibelsbeck

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