Saxophone, piano performances Thursday in Bliss

Jeffrey Loeffert will perform piano and saxophone concerts at Youngstown State University's Bliss Hall, home of the College of Fine and Performing Arts.

Jeffrey Loeffert

Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music presents a recital by guest artists, saxophonist Jeffrey Loeffert and pianist Jun Okada, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in Bliss Recital Hall on campus.

Selections will include pieces by, among others, contemporary composers Pierre-Philippe Bauzin, Benjamin Fuhrman and Henri Tomasi.

Loeffert is assistant professor of saxophone at Oklahoma State University and an active chamber musician. As a founding member of the h2 quartet, Loeffert has won numerous chamber music prizes including, among others, first place at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, first place at the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, and first place at the Union Française des Artistes Musiciens Chamber Music Competition (France). Loeffert is featured on six commercially available discs and a DVD, as well as on a PBS television episode of Backstage Pass.  During the summer months, Loeffert teaches applied saxophone and music theory at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

Okada performs more than 100 times annually as a soloist, in duo ensembles, and as a chamber music specialist. She has received critical acclaim for her expertise in the performance of string, low brass and woodwind literature. She has performed with numerous internationally recognized artists throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Thailand, Belgium and Slovenia.  As a member of Rhythmicity, a saxophone and piano duo with saxophonist Joseph Lulloff, she has performed at Carnegie-Weill Recital Hall, in Thailand International Saxophone Conference, as well as many other international and national venues.

The recital is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee. For more information, call 330-941-3636.