Five Odd Preludes * [saxophone alto et piano / alto saxophone and piano] Prix (1998) [saxophone ténor, cor et piano / tenor saxophone, horn and piano] Concerto for alto saxophone and wind orchestra (1949, rev. 1953) [saxophone alto et orchestre d'harmonie / alto saxophone and wind orchestra]
Five Odd Preludes *
[saxophone alto et piano / alto saxophone and piano]
[saxophone ténor, cor et piano / tenor saxophone, horn and piano]
Concerto for alto saxophone and wind orchestra (1949, rev. 1953)
[saxophone alto et orchestre d'harmonie / alto saxophone and wind orchestra]
Grace Kang, cor / horn
Kevin Sharpe, piano
Michel Simard, chef d'orchestre / conductor
* Création / World premiere
|Jonathan Helton has been heard in performance throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Canada, and the Far East, appearing with orchestras, in recital, and in numerous chamber concerts.
His performance credits include solo appearances with the Winston-Salem (NC) Symphony, the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the North Carolina School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, the Harper Symphony Orchestra, the United States Air Force Tactical Air Command Band, and the New Philharmonia of Riverside in New York City. He has performed many solo and chamber recitals in several Eastern and Midwestern states, and has appeared on established concert series in France and Belgium, including solo recitals at Eglise Saint Christophe and the Conservatoire de Huy in Belgium, and at Eglise Saint Merry and the Fondation des Etats-Unis in Paris. Helton recently performed a nine-concert tour of Taiwan as a member of the Chicago Saxophone Quartet.
Dr. Helton has performed at the New Music Chicago Spring Festival and has been a resident artist at the Music for the Inner City festival in Washington, D.C. He has appeared in concerts sponsored by the Chicago Composers' Consortium, the Contemporary Chamber Players of Chicago, the North American Saxophone Alliance, the Wisconsin Alliance of Composers, the Illinois Music Teachers' Association, and the College Music Society. In addition, his performances have been heard on North Carolina Public Radio and on WFMT both in Chicago and in nationwide syndication.
His orchestral experience includes performances with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Forest Symphony, the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, the Winston-Salem Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
Helton is active in several professional associations. He is currently Membership Director and Listserv Manager for the North American Saxophone Alliance. He has also held positons in the Illinois State Music Teachers' Association, and the Music Teachers' National Association.
Dr. Helton received his Bachelor of Music degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts under the tutelage of the renowned tenor saxophonist James Houlik. As a two-time recipient of the prestigious Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship, he spent two years in France where he studied with Daniel Deffayet, professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, and with Jean-Marie Londeix, professor at the Conservatoire National de Région de Bordeaux. After returning to this country, Helton earned his Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees from Northwestern University where he studied with distinguished performer and pedagogue Frederick Hemke.
Helton completed a two-year residency with the North Carolina Arts Council's Visiting Artist Program where he developed and presented over 300 performances, demonstrations, master classes and lectures to diverse audiences. From 1992 to 1999 he served on the faculty at Northwestern University where he taught saxophone and chamber music, and served as the Coordinator of the Wind and Percussion Program. He is currently Assistant Professor of Saxophone in the School of Music of the University of Florida in Gainesville.
|The award-winning New York composer Jonathan Elliott's first work for saxophone, Epiphany, was written for Jonathan Helton in 1986. It is an extremely difficult work requiring a very strong work and agile technique in th altissimo. This piece received an award ("Best New Chamer Work") from Broacast Music International (BMI) in 1987. The proposed new work, also for alto saxophone and piano, promises to be just as exciting.
Prix is a wonderful new Canadian work for tenor saxophone, horn and piano which was written for Jonathan Helton and Grace Kang. A pseudo-minimalistic tonal setting which is both joyous and hauntingly beautiful. The composer fully exploits the timbral interactions inherent in this instrumentation. This work was presented in an incomplete form at the 1998 Biennial Conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance at Northwestern University.