The Concert Band's Guest Artist Series, presented by The United States Air Force Band, provides a wonderful opportunity for the public to experience the Air Force's high level of professionalism through concerts featuring wonderful classical guest artists.
Tickets are available here for these FREE concerts: http://usafband.eventbrite.com
2019 Guest Artist Series:
Thursday, Jan. 24 - Allen Vizutti
Thursday, Feb. 21 - David Childs
Thursday, Apr. 18 - Joe Lulloff
All concerts begin at 8 p.m.
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center
4915 E Campus Dr, Alexandria, VA 22311
Concerts are FREE and open to the public ~ tickets required. Any unclaimed seats will be released to non-ticketed patrons 15 minutes prior to each performance.
At home with a multitude of musical styles, Allen Vizzutti has visited 40 countries and every state in the union performing with a host of artists and ensembles. Often performing classical and jazz in the same evening, he has appeared as guest soloist with symphonies in Asia, Europe and North America. Music lovers in Germany, Poland, England, Sweden, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Australia and the United States have heard his brilliant sound over the airwaves of national television. Allen's status as an artist has led to solo performances at the best known jazz festivals in the United States and Canada.
From his home in Seattle, Washington, Allen’s current activities include recitals, concerts, recording and composing. His commitment to music education results in an extensive schedule of guest appearances at universities throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Australia.
Allen has taught at the Eastman School of Music, the Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas State University, Ohio State University, West Texas State University, the Skidmore Jazz Institute, and the Trompeten Akademie of Bremen, Germany. He is currently Artist in Residence at the University of South Carolina.
His extensive treatises, “The Allen Vizzutti Trumpet Method” and “New Concepts for Trumpet,” have become standard works for trumpet study. His compositions include solo pieces for flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, tuba, and harp, chamber groups, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, and symphony orchestra. Allen’s love of expression through composition has led to premiere performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Budapest Radio Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the Nuremberg Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, London Symphony, the renowned Summit Brass and others. His “Emerald Concerto” premiered by the Syracuse Symphony, was reviewed as “a vivacious treatment which speaks well for both his dramatic instinct and technical prowess as a composer.”
Growing up in Montana, Allen was taught by his father until he left home to attend the Eastman School of Music, earning both a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree, a Performer’s Certificate, a chair in the Eastman Brass Quintet faculty ensemble, and the only Artist’s Diploma ever awarded a wind player.
While living in Los Angeles, Allen performed on over 100 motion picture sound tracks as well as countless TV shows, commercials and recordings with such artists as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Chick Corea, the Commodores and Prince. His soaring sounds can be heard on recent projects including the movies “Furry Vengeance,” “40 Days and 40 Nights,” “Unfaithfully Yours,” “Gridiron Gang,” “Scary Movie Four,” and video games “Medal of Honor,” “Gears of War 3” and “Halo.”
David Childs is regarded as one of the finest brass musicians of his generation. He has appeared as soloist with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, DCINY Symphony and BBC Philharmonic; made solo appearances at the Singapore International Festival, Welsh Proms, Harrogate International Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Melbourne International Festival, BBC Proms and New York Festival; performed solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Bridgewater Hall; given Concerto performances at the Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Symphony Hall, New York’s Lincoln Center and London’s Royal Albert Hall; and regularly records as a solo artist for radio, television and commercial disc.
David tours extensively performing in Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong, Europe and the U.S.A. He is a keen advocate of new music and has premièred ten concerti for euphonium including a Royal Albert Hall BBC Proms broadcast of Alun Hoddinott's, 'Sunne Rising - The King Will Ride’, a Carnegie Hall US première of Karl Jenkins’ Concerto for Euphonium & Orchestra, a televised première of Philip Wilby’s Concerto for Euphonium & Orchestra, and a UK première of Christian Lindberg’s Concerto for Euphonium & Orchestra directed by the composer.
David is an Associate of the Royal College of Music London; a Professor at both the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and the Birmingham Conservatoire; an Artist for the Buffet Group Besson, Alliance and Reunion Blues; and is Director of Prima Vista Musikk publishing house. He is also a founder member of the highly successful brass quartet Eminence Brass and Artistic Director of Wales’ premiere wind orchestra Cardiff Symphonic Winds.
David is undoubtedly leading the way for euphonium players worldwide. Through his own performances he continues to showcase the euphonium as a serious solo vehicle within the world of classical music. For further information visit: www.davechilds.com
Acclaimed internationally for his innovative style and musical virtuosity, Yamaha Saxophone Performing Artist Joseph Lulloff has been described by Branford Marsalis as "a marvelous musician" whose "knowledge of music, along with his ability to embrace music normally considered outside the sphere, makes him a joy to listen to." Mr. Lulloff performs regularly with symphony orchestras throughout the United States and as soloist in many of prestigious concert halls and venues in the Americas, Europe, Russia, Southeast Asia and Japan. He has also conducted teaching residences at the Paris Conservatory and conservatories throughout Russia, and has performed concerts in Paris, Moscow (Moscow Composers Forum an the Moscow Autumn Festival), and at the Faenza (Italy) Summer Saxophone Institute. When needed, he has also toured throughout Europe and the United States extensively with the Cleveland, Minnesota and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras as their principal saxophonist.
Joseph Lulloff is currently Distinguished Professor of Saxophone at Michigan State University. He has also been a member of the summer artist faculty at the Brevard Music Center since 1999.Mr. Lulloff's performance honors include receiving the Concerto Artists Guild Award, the Pro Musicis International Music Award, the Teacher/Scholar Award and the Distinguished Faculty Award from Michigan State University. New York Times critic Alan Hughes commented on his Weill Recital Hall debut, writing: "Mr. Lulloff’s artistry showed fine instincts for phrasing in both brilliant and pensive music." Recently, Lulloff was invited to perform in Russia at the Moscow Autumn Festival for Contemporary Music. He has also presented teaching and performance residencies at the Paris Conservatory, Music Conservatories in Russia, Italy, Columbia, South America, Japan, Thailand and at colleges throughout the United States. As alto saxophonist with the Capitol Quartet (www.capitolquartet.com, Mr. Lulloff performs concerts and educational residence with this critically acclaimed saxophone quartet throughout the United States. For more information about the Capitol Quartet, please visit www.capitolquartet.com.
Joseph Lulloff has appeared as guest soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, and numerous other orchestras around the United States, Commenting on his performance with the Cleveland Orchestra of the Ingolf Dahl Saxophone Concerto, music critic Dan Rosenberg wrote, "Lulloff was amazing. He traversed the instrument with seamless agility, filled out phrases for all their expressive worth and achieved dynamics from inaudible purrs to penetrating howls." The Akron Beacon Journal wrote "Joseph Lulloff played with all the finesse of a top-‐notch concert violinist." And the New York Times commented on this performance that, “…Mr. Lulloff demonstrated considerable virtuosity as a soloist.”
At Michigan State University, students of his find success in a variety of performance and pedagogical fields, from performing with the nations top military bands to teaching at notable music schools at universities throughout the country. Professor Lulloff’s students and quartets have won several notable music competitions, including the Gold Medal Prize in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the Coleman Competition, the Carmel Chamber Music Competition, the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, MTNA National Solo and Chamber Competition, and the North American Saxophone Alliance Solo and Chamber Music Performance Competitions. He also holds a strong interest in collaborations with composers to enhance the contemporary saxophone repertoire, commissioning and premiering works from more than 30 composers.
Equally adept with both classical and jazz repertoire, Joseph Lulloff is featured both as a soloist and ensemble member in numerous recordings on the Albany, Arabesque, AUR, Blue Griffin, Channel Classics, RCA, Veriatza, and White Pine labels.
Joseph Lulloff is a Yamaha Performing Artist and resides in Okemos, Michigan, with his wife Janet and son Jordan.