Saxophone soloist joins the Butte Symphony for Oct. 21 concert


The Butte Symphony will be joined by virtuoso saxophonist Johan Eriksson for a concert on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mother Lode Theatre, 316 W. Park St. Uptown Butte.

The 68th season opening concert features Johan Eriksson playing music by Gershwin, Bozza, Itturalde, and Milhaud. Also included in the program will be music by the French composer Bizet and Grofe’s Mississippi Suite.

Eriksson is Associate Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at the University of Montana. He is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist. Originally from Onsala, on the west coast of Sweden, he lives in Missoula. He is a versatile performer and is in demand both nationally and internationally for his expertise on how to effectively teach combined jazz and classical styles.

 Johan recently toured Sweden with jazz guitarist Steve Kovalcheck, performing and teaching all over southern and western Sweden.

He is a member of genre cross-over ensemble Hemispheres Saxophone Quartet. The group toured China where they performed and taught at the Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing Contemporary Music Academy, China Saxophone Association, Tianjin Conservatory, Tianjin May Festival, Wuhan Conservatory and the Wuhan Concert Hall. The group was featured on Beijing English Radio.

While Johan is an in demand jazz saxophonist, he also works extensively with classical groups. He has performed with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Missoula Symphony Orchestra, Helena Symphony Orchestra, Roosevelt Wind Ensemble, as saxophone solist with the Chicago Chamber Singers, and with composer John Corigliano. His duties at the University of Montana include teaching jazz and classical saxophone lessons, saxophone quartets, saxophone repertoire class, jazz combos and woodwind methods.

 Johan holds a doctorate in saxophone from the University of Northern Colorado.

Single and Season Tickets are available at the Mother Lode Theatre Box Office at 723-3602. Tickets are also available on-line at buttesymphony.org. Ticket prices are $40 for the main floor down to $30 for the balcony. Student tickets are only $15 for any available seat in the house.

For more information on Montana’s original symphony and questions on accessibility contact Mark at the Butte Symphony, 723-5590

 Published: October 13, 2017 2:10 pm