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March 20, 2019
 

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Saxophone and guitar duo performs Thursday

Duo Montagnard, consisting of Joseph Murphy on saxophone and Matthew Slotkin on guitar, will present a concert featuring original repertoire for those two instruments at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, in Presser Hall at Ohio Northern University. The performance is free and open to the public.

The duo formed in 2002 and has performed more than 300 concerts in all 50 states and 20 countries.

Murphy has been the saxophone professor at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania since 1987, where he has also served as department chair and director of bands. Murphy has been involved in commissioning and premiering more than 50 new works for the saxophone, including pieces by Libby Larsen, Michael Colgrass, John Harbison, Bernard Rands and Gunther Schuller.

Slotkin directs the guitar program at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. A commitment to contemporary music has resulted in premieres of works by composers Linda Buckley, John Anthony Lennon, Scott Lindroth and John Orfe. Festival performances include Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Walled City Music Festival, Monadnock Music Festival, Chautauqua Institution, the Guitar Foundation of America, and World Saxophone Congresses in Scotland, Thailand and Slovenia.