For Immediate Release
Date: March 4, 2020
Contact: Tom McGuire, Director of Communications
Written by: Gabe Miller, Student Intern
Duo Sureño to perform at Bloomsburg University
BLOOMSBURG — Duo Sureño will give a concert, “Music of the 21st Century,” at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Carver Hall, Gross Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.
Duo Sureño is comprised of soprano Nancy King and guitarist Rob Nathanson. The concert will also include special guest Laurent Estoppey, saxophone and will feature music by William Bolcom, Agustín Catilla-Ávila, Stephen Anderson, Philippe Leroux, Chiel Meijering, and Estoppey.
The performers will also give masterclasses for students on March 18, at noon in Hass Center for the Arts, rooms 164, 166, and 227. The masterclasses are also open to the public.
King is associate professor and coordinator of vocal studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, artistic director of Opera Wilmington, and an active performer and guest lecturer. King has appeared as soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Toronto Classical Singers, Oregon and Canteloube’s Chants D’Auvergne and Poulenc’s Gloria with the Wilmington Symphony. Operatic roles include Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide, Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. King was also a member of the Grammy Award-winning Oregon Bach Festival Choir from 1998–2004, under the direction of Helmuth Rilling.
Nathanson, a classical and baroque guitarist, is an active recitalist and orchestral soloist, now focusing on chamber music, with concerts throughout the United States, as well as performances in Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Austria, Slovenia, and Canada. He has performed as part of the Ryoanji Duo (guitar and saxophone) and the North Carolina Guitar Quartet since 1992 and as part of Duo Sureño since 1999.
A champion of new music, Nathanson has commissioned, premiered, and recorded numerous new works. In March 2016, his most recent CD, Sea of Stones: New Guitar and Saxophone Music by David Kechley, was released by Innova Records, where he serves as both performer and producer. Nathanson has also released Images, a CD of new music for guitar and saxophone, and At the Edge of the Body’s Night, a CD of new music for soprano, saxophone, and guitar. Nathanson has also recorded two solo CDs, New York Sally and Exposure, on the Liscio Recording label.
Swiss saxophonist Laurent Estoppey has primarily devoted himself to contemporary music but also performs and teaches classic saxophone repertoire and transcriptions of baroque music. Numerous collaborations with composers have led him to create at least one hundred works. Dividing his performances between written music and improvisation, and he performs throughout Europe, as well as Canada, the US, Argentina, Guatemala, and South Africa. Estoppey’s discography includes sixteen recordings and he is a reference artist for Italian saxophone makers Rampone-Cazzani. As a composer, Estoppey writes music sound installations and video art as well as for concerts.
The event is funded by a Curricular Enhancement Award from BU’s College of Liberal Arts.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,200 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in five distinct colleges: College of Education, Zeigler College of Business, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Technology, and new Honors College.