Come ‘celebrate’ at Trinity United Methodist
BELLEFONTE — Trinity United Methodist Church, in conjuction with the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and Project Stream, will present “Celebrate!” a concert featuring exciting, high-energy saxophone performances by members of the Pennsylvania School of Music Saxophone Studio and their director Dr. David Stambler.
The concert will be held on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 2:30 p.m. in the second floor sanctuary of Trinity United Methodist Church, 128 W. Howard St., Bellefonte.
Studio members performing include Taiylor Baumgardner, Justin Delvecchio, Maria Flowers, Marshall Henry, Andrew Ison, Geoff Schneider and graduate assistant saxophonist Eric Villalta.
Composers whose works are being played include Camille Saint Saens, David Diamond, Amy Quate, Robert Muczynski, Phil Woods, Pero Iturralde and Roger Boutry.
Originally from the Washington D.C. area, Dr. David Stambler is an established dynamic and active performer throughout the United States, performing both jazz and classical music.
A veteran of thousands of professional performances, his concert activities include appearances as a symphonic soloist, “on-call” engagements as saxophonist with the Annapolis Symphony, Bay Atlantic Symphony, Richmond Symphony, the National Gallery Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.
He has performed in Italy, Spain, Scotland, Austria, Japan, China, Russia, Canada and Croatia. As a member and the manager of the renowned saxophone ensemble The Capitol Quartet, he has performed with dozens of orchestras throughout the United States and the National Arts Symphony of Canada.
Stambler is an advocate for new compositions for saxophone, commissioning and premiering numerous new works. He has also composed a number of original works for saxophone, including Pranayama (2013), Resiliant (2015), Hidden in Stone (2015) and Phaedrus Waking, which was premiered in July 2018 at the World Saxophone Congress in Croatia.
Stambler received a Bachelors Degrees in Saxophone from the University of Michigan, a Masters from Peabody Institute in Baltimore and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland.
He served previously as professor of jazz studies and saxophone at Towson University and since 2003 has been professor of saxophone at the Penn State University School of Music. He was the recipient of the PSU College of Arts and Architecture’s 2018 Award for Excellence in Teaching.
The church is handicap accessible from the main entrance on North Spring Street, has three reserved parkings spots and an inside elevator to the sanctuary. There is no charge for Sunday parking, which is available on Spring and Howard streets and also in the municipal parking lot immediately behind the church.