Nevada City resident to present sax solo at Lincoln event
Paul Trethewey, principal saxophonist and Nevada City resident, will get toes tapping with his lively ragtime solo in “Saxophobia” by Rudy Wiedoeft on Saturday, according to a release.
The award-winning Sierra Nevada Winds, conducted by Dr. Robert Halseth, presents its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lincoln High School Theater, 790 J Street in Lincoln. This concert is programmed to please everyone with familiar tunes to more contemporary works.
In 1958 at age 10, Trethewey picked up his first saxophone and played the Dixieland tune “Ja-Da.” He learned jazz by playing along with records, then arranged pep band music in junior high and high school. During the Vietnam era, Trethewey enlisted and performed in Air Force field bands.
Trethewey has performed locally with the rhythm ‘n’ blues group Power of 12, the Papa Oom-Pah-Pah Band and, since 1991, with the Sierra Nevada Winds as saxophone section leader and occasional soloist.
For the show, John Clifford Heed’s rousing circus march “In Storm and Sunshine” (1885) is followed by Amilcare Ponchielli’s “Milano, Opus 174” (1872). A very special performance of the gentle and reflective “On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss” (1989) by David R. Holsinger, based on the hymn “It is Well with My Soul,” will pay loving tribute to the memory of Eric Hammer.
Hammer was the talented and respected conductor at the University of the Pacific. The first half of the concert concludes with the “Suite of Old American Dances” (1949) by Robert Russell Bennett.
The program also includes the familiar “March from The Love for Three Oranges” by Sergei Prokofiev and Freddie Mercury/Queen’s popular “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975/2011), as arranged by Philip Spark. “The Seal Lullaby” (2018) by Eric Whitacre is original music based on a poem by Rudyard Kipling. With this powerful, emotion-filled piece, the Winds will honor all mothers on this evening before Mother’s Day.
The Winds, formed in 1990, is composed of 48 accomplished musicians. They have performed in concert halls, parks and other venues throughout the Sierra and Sacramento Valley; and in Oregon, Seattle, and Victoria, BC. During summer 2016, they performed in London, England, and at the Golowan Festival in Cornwall, England.
Tickets, available at the door, are $12 for general admission and $9 for seniors and students. For additional information check http://www.sierranevadawinds.org or call (530) 923-0151.
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