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UNH Alum To Perform

February 21, 2007

The department of music presents alumnus Tom Bergeron, saxophonist, in a concert of his music on Tuesday, March 6, at 8:00 p.m. in the Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center. Joining Bergeron are Bob Charest, piano and Wim Auer, bass, old friends from the local 70’s band, Antares.

Bergeron, who has a doctorate in saxophone, has performed throughout the United States, and in Europe and Central America and has appeared with internationally-renowned artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Hal Blaine, Anthony Braxton, Robert Cray, Natalie Cole, Myron Florin, Vinnie Golia, Dick Hyman, Oliver Lake, Glen Moore, Bernadette Peters, Bobby Shew, The Fifth Dimension, The Temptations, Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadiens, and Marin Alsop’s String Fever.

He has premiered dozens of new concert works for the saxophone, and is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on multiphonics, the esoteric technique of producing several notes at once on the saxophone.

He began his musical journey as a multi-instrumentalist in his native New England, studying piano and music theory with Roland Belisle, who learned stride piano from Fats Waller. In the late 60s, Bergeron met the legendary concert saxophonist and teacher Donald Sinta, with whom he studied while in high school and graduate school. Upon moving to Oregon in 1981, Bergeron studied with J. Robert Moore, who was among the last generation of students of Marcel Mule, the French godfather of the saxophone.

As a composer, Bergeron draws inspiration from Western European art music and the jazz heritage, as well as from music traditions from around the world. In the 1980s, he studied African marimba with the late Zimbabwean master-percussionist Dumisani Maraire; more recent explorations have taken him to Brazil, Costa Rica and Poland.

Bergeron performs and records with Labirynt, Whirled Jazz, Cathexis Orchestra, Western Rebellion, Clovis Cabal, Hagberg/Bergeron Quartet, and the Mason Williams band. Over the years, he has played saxophone with the Portland Chamber Orchestra, Portland Center Stage, Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Pittsburg New Music Ensemble, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Oregon Bach Festival, Oregon Festival of American Music, Oregon Coast Music Festival, Cascade Festival of Music, Kansas City Symphony, Sacramento Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Newport Symphony, and Grande Ronde Symphony. His first orchestral experience was as second bassoonist with the NH Philharmonic in the late 1960s.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the UNH Music Department at 2-2404.

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