Baroque... with a Twist

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Amanda Heim, saxophonist

Amanda Heim is a saxophonist, educator, and arranger, writing for saxophone quartet, wind ensemble, and jazz ensembles. Her 2015 arrangement of Avner Dorman's Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! for percussion duo and wind ensemble received its premiere in Luxembourg, and has since been performed in both Asia and the United States. She has a deep interest in pedagogy, and has published materials investigating the use of post-tonal analysis to improve saxophone quartet intonation and performance.  Amanda earned a degree in music education from Messiah College before attending UNC-Greensboro, where she earned an M.M. and D.M.A. in saxophone performance, along with a post-master’s certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy, studying saxophone with Chad Eby and Steven Stusek. She is an active adjudicator and clinician for marching bands, wind ensembles, and jazz ensembles.

Amanda’s recent concert appearances include performances as a soloist at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., with the Grand Rapids Symphony, at the National University of Singapore, Shaanxi Normal University in Xi'an, Beijing Wuzi University, and Shanghai Maritime University. She has also appeared as a featured soloist with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Symphonic Band, and has performed with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and the Roanoke Pops. Amanda has played on stage with musicians including Natalie Cole, Bernadette Peters, Tim Warfield, Eugene Rousseau, Glen Campbell, The Four Tops, Boz Scaggs, John Ellis, Peter Bernstein, and Lee Konitz.

Amanda is currently the baritone saxophonist for the Junction Saxophone Quartet, a professional ensemble that performs regularly in the mid-Atlantic region and the Midwest.  Junction Quartet premiered Amanda's arrangement of Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto for Bassoon, R.V. 499, for saxophone quartet at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Convention in 2016.  Amanda currently serves as Lecturer of Music at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College, where she instructs private saxophone, saxophone quartet, and courses in music theory and aural skills.

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Ilana Blumberg-Thomas, violinist

Ilana has performed numerous solo and chamber music engagements throughout the United States and Europe. She is assistant concertmaster of the Modesto Symphony. Highlights include solo appearances with the San Francisco Symphony and the Albany, New York Symphony, as well as appearances at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Ms. Thomas served as the associate concertmaster of the Albany Symphony Orchestra for 7 seasons, including one as acting concertmaster. She has performed as a member of the NYC based chamber orchestra Philharmonia Virtuosi, the Springfield MA Symphony, the Modesto Symphony, and the California Symphony. Ms. Thomas’ diverse appearances have included Broadway productions in NYC, including Aida and the Producers. Among her recording credits are the Broadway Cares benefit album “Home for the Holidays” and with Broadway vocalist Lauren Kennedy in “Songs of Jason Robert Brown”. She has recorded with punk and rock bands with featured performances on electric 5-string violin and toured with Eric Clapton. Her classical recording experience has involved projects for numerous labels, including Deutsche Grammophon, Argo, and Albany Records, for film, and for the Nickelodeon cartoon, “The Backyardigans”.

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David Lockingtonconductor

Over the past thirty years, David Lockington has developed an impressive conducting career in the United States. A native of Great Britain, he served as the Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony from January 1999 to May 2015, and is currently the orchestra’s Conductor Laureate. He has held the position of Music Director with the Modesto Symphony since May 2007 and in March 2013, Mr. Lockington was appointed Music Director of the Pasadena Symphony. He has a close relationship with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias in Spain, where he was the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor from 2012 through 2016, and in the 15/16 season was named one of three Artistic Partners with the Northwest Sinfonietta in Tacoma, Washington.

In addition to his current posts, since his arrival to the United States in 1978 Mr. Lockington has held positions with several other American orchestras, including serving as Assistant Conductor of the Denver Symphony Orchestra and Opera Colorado, and Assistant and Associate Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In May 1993 he accepted the position of Music Director of the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, assumed the title of Music Director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in September 1995 and was Music Director of the Long Island Philharmonic for the 96/97 through 99/2000 seasons.

Mr. Lockington's guest conducting engagements include appearances with the Saint Louis, Houston, Detroit, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, Oregon and Phoenix symphonies; the Rochester and Louisiana Philharmonics; and the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Carnegie Hall. Internationally, he has conducted the Northern Sinfonia in Great Britain, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the China Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra in Beijing and Taiwan,and led the English Chamber Orchestra on a tour in Asia.

Recent and upcoming guest conducting engagements include appearances with the New Jersey, Indianapolis, Vancouver, Utah, Pacific, Colorado, Nashville, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Edmonton, Alabama, Tucson and Kansas City symphonies, the Florida and Louisville Orchestras, the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and the Buffalo, Calgary and Oklahoma Philharmonics. Mr. Lockington's summer festival activities include appearances at the Grand Teton, Colorado Music, Interlochen, Chautauqua and Eastern Music festivals.

David Lockington began his career as a cellist and was the Principal with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for two years. After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar, Mr. Lockington came to the United States on a scholarship to Yale University where he received his Master's degree in cello performance and studied conducting with Otto Werner Mueller. He was a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and served as assistant principal cellist with the Denver Symphony Orchestra for three years before turning to conducting.