September 1st,

The “Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet” will perform on Tuesday, September 1st, at 8.30pm at the outdoor space of “Technopolis 20”. Come and enjoy a music night with a wide repertoire of jazz and contemporary classical music.

The quartet consists of Russell Peterson (soprano saxophone, Professor at Concordia College, USA), Marco Albonetti (alto saxophone, Professor at Trento Conservatory, Italy), Carrie Koffman (tenor saxophone, Professor at University of Hartford, USA) and Yiannis Miralis (baritone saxophone, Professor at European University of Cyprus).

Entrance: 10 euro
Please reserve your tickets in advance. Information and Reservations: 70002420

Private and group workshops will take place during the day by the members of the quartet.
Cost of participation: 15 euro (group), 30 euro (private)
For participations please contact us at 70002420 or at [email protected]

A few words about the quartet
Winners of the national competition MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) National Collegiate Chamber Music Competition as well as the famous Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet (TSQ) is widely known in the area of classical saxophone in the USA. With hundreds of appearances throughout Europe and the USA, TSQ appeared in famous festivals such as the Ravenna Music Festival, Italy, the ΧΙ and ΧΙΙ Saxophone World Conferences in Valencia Spain and Montreal Canada respectively, as well as at various American universities.

The quartet offers novel and original sound possibilities with works which combine elements from jazz, rock, traditional and ethnic music. Dedicated to promoting and developing the saxophone repertoire, the TSQ collaborates closely with Greek and other composers, by ordering and world-widely performing new works by Greek, Cypriot, Italian and American composers.

The quartet was established in 1996 at Bowling Green State University, Ohio under the supervision of Dr. John Sampen. Since then, its members have played an important role in the field of classical saxophone either as winners in international music competitions, composers of works for saxophone, or saxophone instructors at Universities and conservatories in Europe and the USA.

The TSQ has released a CD entitled “Mountain Roads” (TROY412, 2001) with Albany Records (, New York, and is making plans for recording its second CD. Further information on the TSQ is available at the following website:

A few words about the artists
An accomplished classical/jazz saxophonist, bassoonist and composer, RUSSELL PETERSON holds degrees from Youngstown State University (Ohio), Le Conservatoire de Bordeaux (France), and Bowling Green State University (Ohio), where he studied with Dr. James Umble, Donald Byo, Jean-Marie Londeix, Dr. Jeffery Lyman and Dr. John Sampen. Winner of numerous prizes, including the top prize at the International Geneva Saxophone Concours, (Switzerland), and first place winner of the MTNA National Music Competition, Mr. Peterson has soloed with orchestras in the United States as well as Europe, including the Dana Chamber Orchestra, (USA), Concordia Orchestra, (USA), Bowling Green Philharmonic, (USA), L'Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, (Switzerland), Collegium Musicum, Basel (Switzerland), The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, The Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra (USA), The Orchestra Conservatorio Superior De MÂœsica (Spain), The Western New York Chamber Orchestra (USA), and The St. Petersburg Philharmonic, (Russia).

Mr. Peterson is an active chamber musician, performing extensively throughout Europe and The United States with The Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet, and is currently also performing with the Hard-Bop Jazz Saxophone Quartet in Fargo-Moorhead. The Hard-Bop Quartet's first CD release "DON'T STEP ON YOUR NECK", is available on Sea-Breeze records and the TSQ's debut CD "MOUNTAIN ROADS" is available on Albany Records. Russell's first solo CD "AMERICAN BREATH" is on Barking Dog Records and features the music of David Maslanka, Larry Bell and Peterson. Russell released "Russ Peterson and Friends, Jazz/Rock Saxophone" in Jan of 2010. As an Orchestral player, Russell has served as bassoonist with several symphony orchestras, and is currently principal bassoonist with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, as well as bassoonist with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Wind Quintet.

Mr. Peterson has performed with some of the most notable artist in the business: Phil Woods, Manhattan Transfer, Dave Weckle, Peter Erskin, Henry Mancini, Gregg Bissonette, Ray Charles, Wayne Newton, Bill Watrous, Gregg Field, Frankie Valie and the 4 Seasons, Maureen McGovern, Samuel Sanders, The Eroica Trio, Will Kennedy, Frankie Avalon, Tommy Igoe, Nick Brignola, Zoro, Ignacio Berroa, Terri Lyne Carrington, the Four Tops.

As a composer, Russell has premiered his "Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra" with Joel Revzen and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra in 2000, as well as his "Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Percussion Orchestra" at Concordia College with the Tri-College Percussion Ensemble, which GRAMOPHONE Magazine, (Feb., 2003) noted: 'Peterson's own 16-minute Concerto, featuring Spanish rhythms and a lovely second-movement duet with vibraphone, is an effective vehicle for his striking command of color and dynamics. The highly-charged sound is riveting...'
He has been commissioned by the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony to compose a "Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra" which was premiered to rave reviews in April of 2002, including GRAMOPHONE Magazine, (May 2003), 'Peterson playing with great abandon and dazzling virtuosity, the music has a seductive allure and visceral excitement that is more than the sum of its purely musical parts.' A CD of The music of Russell Peterson featuring the Saxophone and Timpani Concerto is now available from the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony. The Fergus Falls High School Band premiered hi band work "The Tornado of 1919" in 2001, and his new chamber works for sax were premiered in 2003: "Sonata for Alto sax and piano" and "Quintet for Alto sax and strings". He premiered his new "Sonata for alto saxophone and Marimbas" with the Concordia Marimba Choir in 2006 at the Concordia Day of Percussion. Russell was commissioned by the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony to compose an opener for the 2005-06 season. "Between 2 Cultures" was premiered on the opening concert in Sept. 2005. His "Trio for Alto Saxophone, Violin and Piano" was premiered at the region 3 NASA convention, April of 2007. Russell's "Trio for flute, saxophone and piano" was premiered in Moorhead, MN in Oct. of 2009 and was performed in Calf. at the Summer 2010 National Flute Association convention, and the National North American Saxophone Alliance Convention in Athens, GA in March of 2010. His "Trio for Viola, Saxophone and Piano" was premiered in 2010 and is now also "Trio #2 for Flute, Saxophone and Piano." His newest piece, "Sonata for alto saxophone and guitar" will be premiered this summer at the 2012 World Saxophone Congress.

Mr. Peterson has served on the faculty at Youngstown State University (Ohio), The University of Toledo (Ohio), Minnesota State University Moorhead, The Interlochen Summer Arts Camp (Michigan), The International Music Camp, and is currently instructor of Saxophone, Bassoon and Jazz ensemble at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

One of Italy’s leading concert saxophonist, Dr MARCO ALBONETTI is engaged in performing and teaching around the world. He has appeared at numerous international venues such as the Wiener Saal of Salzburg, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Gewandhaus of Leipzig, the Wits Great Hall of Johannesburg, the Palau de la Musica Catalana of Barcelona, the Teatro Espanol of Madrid, the Palau de la Musica of Valencia. His concert tours have taken place in Italy, France, Finland, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Cyprus, South Africa, Canada, China and the United States.

He regularly performs as soloist with Italian and international orchestras and takes part in many important international music festivals. He has been awarded first prize at several international music competitions and has recorded for RAI, SABC, PIK1, CBS, LTV Lumier, Cypriot Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio.

Marco holds diplomas from the Rossini Conservatory (Pesaro, Italy) and the Sommerakademie Mozarteum in Saltzburg, Austria, as well as a Master of Music degree (summa cum laude) from Bowling Green State University as student of Dr. John Sampen, and Doctor of Musical Arts (summa cum laude, Dean’s Award of Excellence) at Michigan State University, where he studied classical saxophone performance under James Forger and Joseph Lulloff and jazz saxophone performance with Andrew Speight and Brandford Marsalis.

He is the Artistic Director of the Faenza International Saxophone Festival, Italy, holds a tenured position as Professor of Saxophone at the Conservatory of Music “N. Piccinni” in Bari, Italy and was named external examiner for Doctoral Studies at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

CARRIE KOFFMAN teaches on the faculty of The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. Prior to this, she held positions as Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Penn State University, Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of New Mexico, and taught at Boston University.

Performances have included the World Saxophone Congresses in St Andrews, Scotland, Bangkok, Thailand, and Minnesota; the SaxArt International Saxophone Festivals in Faenza, Italy; a tour throughout New Zealand; the Xi'an International Clarinet and Saxophone Festival in China; the Pine Mountain Music Festival in Michigan; the Virginia Arts Festival; the International Viola Congress; several North American Saxophone Alliance National Conventions; and the International Double Reed Convention in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Koffman has been a featured soloist with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Centre Chamber Orchestra, the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hartt Symphony Orchestra, the Hartt Wind Ensemble, the PSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the UNM Wind Symphony, and the Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble while touring Europe. Among her ensemble performing credits are appearances with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Sequitur and Le Train Bleu in New York City, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra, and the Santa Fe Symphony. She performs in a contemporary chamber music duo, The Irrelevants, with violist Tim Deighton. Their “excellent playing” of several new works in a recent New York recital was noted in The Strad. Additionally, she appears frequently as a soloist, chamber musician, and clinician.

Committed to new music, commissions and premieres include over 45 compositions including works by Tanya Anisimova, Lera Auerbach, Susan Botti, Chen Yi, Michael Colgrass, Halim El-Dabh, John Duffy, Mark Kuss, Stephen Michael Gryc, Juliana Hall, Jennifer Higdon, Libby Larsen, David Macbride, Michael Mauldin, Hilary Tann, Joseph Turrin, Gunther Schuller, Christopher Schultis, James Sellars, Ken Steen, Augusta Read Thomas, and William Wood.
Recent recording projects include the CD's Carillon Sky, Dialogues and Dragon Rhyme. One review in Fanfare Magazine calls her playing “suave, subtly nuanced, and technically secure in its every gesture,” while another refers to her “melting tone and touching sensitivity.” She also has an ongoing recording and performing series entitled "Pink Ink" that is dedicated to promoting the music of living women composers.

Koffman's saxophone students have placed in over 75 different performance competitions. She is a founding faculty member of the American Saxophone Academy, an annual educational program designed for advanced college students and above. She also formerly taught saxophone for the All-State Program at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and was the Director of Bands at Belleville South Middle School in Belleville, Michigan. Koffman is a graduate with high honors from the University of Michigan where she studied with Donald Sinta, and the University of North Texas where she studied with James Riggs and Eric Nestler.

Koffman is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher and teaches Yoga for Performers at The Hartt School. She is also a Conn-Selmer artist/clinician, and performs exclusively on Selmer Paris saxophones.

Dr. YIANNIS MIRALIS is Associate Professor of Music Education and Saxophone and Vice Dean of the School of Arts and Education Sciences at European University Cyprus. As the first Cypriot classical saxophonist Miralis has given numerous solo and chamber performances in Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Switzerland, Spain, Serbia, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada and the USA. He was the first saxophone soloist with the Cyprus State Chamber Orchestra. He also appeared as soloist with the Macedonian Saxophone Quartet, the Ensemble Philharmonia and the Cyprus State Orchestra. He has been a member of the Macedonian Saxophone Quartet with which they performed at the Cultural Olympiad of Athens 2004 and at a five-concert tour of Switzerland with the Orchestre de Chambre de Neuchâtel. Apart from TSQ he is also a founding member of the Mediterranean Trio, a chamber music group with saxophone, violin and piano, with which he performed at such venues in Europe.

Miralis has a genuine interest in expanding the saxophone repertoire and has commissioned numerous saxophone works by such composers as J. Harbison, B. Rands, D. Maslanka, L. Bell, R. Borel, Ph. Dymiotis, G. Karvellos, C. Stylianou, H. Sofocleous, D. Constantinides, T. Stylianou and C. Papageorgiou. He has given world premieres of a number of these works in Chicago, Appleton and Nicosia.

Yiannis has taught at the University of Cyprus, ARTE Music Academy, University of Windsor, Flint Institute of Music and Michigan State University Community Music School. From 2001-2004 he served as Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Music Education at the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho. He is founding member of the Hellenic Saxophone Association and president of the Cypriot Saxophone Association Saxophonia. He is also a board member of the European Chamber Music Teachers Association (ECMTA). He holds music education degrees from Michigan State University (PhD), Bowling Green State University (MM) and Lawrence University (BM), where he was a Fulbright scholar.

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21st of August,
8:30 pm.

A performance show that offers a collage of song, dance, theatre and musical pieces portraying moments that are familiar to most of us with a twist of humour and a touch of class. The show is a tailor made sequence of short pieces of dance, song, theatre, pantomime and interactive performance that takes the audience on a journey from the last century classics to contemporary times. The objective of the show is to facilitate an experience that not only entertains but also adds to the audience’ s experience and facilitates the creation of memories.

M.A.D. is a newly found ensemble of professional dance & music artists based in Paphos. The ensemble consists of a core team of professional artists bringing together a selection of skills and talents from dance performances to teaching, producing , choreographing, coaching and volunteering for the broader community.

The Team for this show:
Veronika-Rosa Junkova, Eleni Petrou, Marina Kleanthous, Mikaela Michael, Nandia Georgiade, Georgios Pillas, Sylvia-Ann Clark, Erica Charalambous

Tickets: 10 euros
Information and Reservations: 70002420

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