The third concert of St. John’s “Revelations” Series will be on Saturday evening, April 17th at 7:30pm. This concert will feature the organ and saxophone duo of Jonathan Hall and Bill Powers. They will perform works by Halley, Bach, Handel, Moussorgsky, and Pinkham. The program will also feature a medley of Irish tunes.
The Powers and Hall Duo is in its tenth year of existence. Since its establishment at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University, the Duo has performed on the unusual combination of classical saxophone and organ in the United States and abroad. They have been heard in such venues as Oxford University, the University of Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City University, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity Wall Street and other venues of note. In 2006, the Duo commissioned David Hurd (the 2010 Composer of the Year of the American Guild of Organists) to compose a Sonata for alto saxophone and organ. The work, premiered at the 2006 World Saxophone Congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and is available from the French publisher Musik Fabrik. Boston composer Leonardo Ciampa composed his Suite, opus 208, for the duo in 2008, which was given its first performances on historic organs in northern Italy.
Jonathan Hall, a native of New York City, earned a doctorate in music at Indiana, where his principal teacher was Marilyn Keiser. He has also studied under David Schrader and coached with Paul Manz and Martin Jean. He is a Fellow and Choirmaster of the American Guild of Organists; a Fellow of Trinity College, London; and a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and the Saint Wilfrid Club in the City of New York. His first book, Calvin Hampton: A Musician Without Borders, is available from Wayne Leupold Editions.
Bill Powers is a native of Overbrook, Kansas, and also studied at Indiana, under the renowned classical saxophonist Eugene Rousseau. He has also studied with Otis Murphy and Thomas Walsh. He is a member of the Ridgewood, NJ, Concert Band and the North American Saxophone Alliance.