Forsyth recital set for Thursday

NSU– Saxophonist Paul Forsyth will present a recital on Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

The concert will also feature Chialing Hsieh on piano, Oliver Molina on percussion, Leah Forsyth on oboe, the Three Reeds Duo and NOVA, which includes Julio Galvan on soprano saxophone, Daniel Larin on alto saxophone, Eric Pannell on tenor saxophone and Nick Swank of baritone saxophone,

Works by Benjamin Britten, Ida Gotkovsky, Peter Lieuwen, Marc Mellits and Heitor Villa-Lobos will be performed.

Equally adept at both the classical and jazz repertoire, saxophonist Paul Forsyth has performed recitals and taught masterclasses at numerous concert halls, universities, and conferences around the world. He has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician at North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences, World Saxophone Congresses, John Donald Robb Composer Symposiums, and International Saxophone Symposiums. He has been instrumental in commissioning numerous new works for solo saxophone, saxophone quartet, and saxophone/oboe duo. As a top-call saxophonist in northern Louisiana, he has performed with such performers as Regis Philbin, Lew Soloff, the Temptations, and Bobby Vinton. In 2017, Paul Forsyth was named the NASA Competition Committee Chairman.

Leah Forsyth is an instructor of oboe at NSU. Prior to joining the NSU faculty in 2011, she served as oboist with the United States Army Field Band in Washington D.C. from 2007 to 2011. In that role, she performed regularly with the Woodwind Ambassadors Quintet. She held the position of solo English horn with the West Virginia Symphony from 2005 to 2007.

An avid performer of contemporary music, Hsieh is devoted to promoting new piano solo and chamber works. Hsieh has been a featured pianist on seven CDs for the Centaur, Innova, Enharmonic and Ballpark labels. She joined NSU’s faculty in 2016 as an assistant professor of collaborative piano. In the summer, she is the piano instructor at the Lutheran Summer Music Festival and Academy and the Sounds of Summer Institute.

Molina is assistant professor of music and assistant director of bands at NSU. He teaches the marching band percussion section, applied percussion lessons, an introduction to music education, conducts a concert band and co-directs the percussion ensemble. Molina is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa.

With co-founders Leah and Paul Forsyth, the Three Reeds Duo is a unique chamber ensemble that has performed for audiences on three continents. This oboe/saxophone duo, formed in 2005, has built a repertoire ranging from baroque and classical transcriptions to contemporary concert literature. Three Reeds has performed in a variety of venues, ranging from NASA Conferences and World Saxophone Congresses to high schools, universities and traditional wedding ceremonies. They will release their second album this fall.