PEORIA — Keith M. Zimmerman, alto and soprano saxophonist will present a faculty recital as part of the Music Scholarship Concert Series on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 3 p.m. in the Dingeldine Music Center. He is a life-long Washington resident. Joining him will be pianist Andrea Molina. The scholarship concert series helps sponsor music scholarships for Bradley students. Students are admitted free but there is a $10 charge for adults with tickets available at the Dingeldine desk the day of the concert.
Zimmerman is in his 18th year as affiliate saxophone professor at Bradley having been a long-time saxophone teacher at Illinois Wesleyan University from the 1970”s until 2013. At Bradley he teaches saxophone majors and minors and has charge of the saxophone quartets and quintet. He holds two degrees from Illinois Wesleyan University in music education and saxophone performance and did extensive graduate study with Canadian saxophonist Paul Brodie and American concert saxophone pioneer Cecil Leeson before studying in France with Daniel Deffayet, Paris National Conservatory, earning two certificates, the highest level a foreign student over 22 could then earn while also on scholarship from the French Ministry of Culture.
Now in his 64th year of saxophone playing, having begun study at age 8, he has performed in many U. S. states, Canada, France, Germany, and England and continues to lead the Illinois Saxophone Quintet which he co-founded in 1972. In 2002 and 2012 he was accorded the honor of being only one of three saxophonists in the world to be twice featured on the cover and in in-depth interviews in the international “Saxophone Journal” magazine. He now teaches select private students in his Washington studio in addition to his work at Bradley and for many years was “first call” lead alto saxophonist for Ringling Brothers Circus. In August he finished his 23rd season as lead saxophonist with the Pekin Park Concert Band, a professional group that plays about a dozen concerts each year in June, July, and August. In 2017 he released two CDs on the Jeanne’ label, a solo album, “Expressions,” and a quintet album “The Illinois Saxophone Quintet.” For order details, contact email@example.com.
Andrea Molina has been Zimmerman’s accompanist and collaborator for several years and appears in that capacity on his solo album. She spent several years on the Bradley faculty and now is a church musician, piano teacher, plays with both the Heartland Festival Orchestra and the Peoria Symphony, and is much sought after as a pianist for collaborative work in central Illinois. She has also directed a number of opera productions.
For the September 10th recital, Zimmerman has chosen to perform his “Reflection,” a composition for unaccompanied soprano saxophone he wrote some years ago but which is scheduled to be published this fall and is also included on the “Expressions” recording. For alto saxophone with piano, he has selected Burnet Tuthill’s “Sonata, op. 20,” Pierre Lantier’s “Euskaldunak Sonata,” Lawson Lunde’s “Sonata 1 for Alto Saxophone and Piano,” and Alexander Glazounov’s “Concerto for Alto Saxophone,” with Ms Molina playing the composer’s own piano reduction of the string orchestra score. The Lunde and Glazounov compositions are considered cornerstones of the saxophone concert literature. Finishing the program, Zimmerman has chosen 1920’s phenomenon saxophonist Rudy Wiedoeft’s “Saxema,” one of Wiedoeft’s three signature pieces.