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A Trumpet and Sax Reunion

School of American Music’s April Free Family Concert reunites LaPorte High School musical friends in the SAM annual Faculty Recital

The annual School of American Music’s Faculty Recital will be presented as the fourth offering in SAM’s Free Family Concert series on Sunday, April 11, 2021, at 3 pm (EST) at Converge Community Church, 601 Buffalo Street, New Buffalo, Mich. Saxophonist Elin Boklund and trumpeter Madison Kutch will be the featured soloists.

Tickets to the live event are free but space will be limited and Covid-19 safety protocols will be observed. Patrons can reserve seats online, donations are welcome. The Faculty Recital will also be livestreamed on SAM’s Facebook page.

“We always love to see our faculty perform and this year is particularly special,” said Donna Mitchell, Executive Director of the School of American Music. “It is a privilege to have two such highly skilled and talented musicians on staff. Their commitment to using the very best pedagogical practices with our students while still pursuing lives as performing musicians is an example from which we want all our students to benefit.”

In addition to saxophone, Elin Boklund teaches all band instruments at SAM. Currently pursuing a graduate degree in Music Education, she has been a member of Down by the Dock Jazz Band since 2013, and recently was appointed its director. A student of the late Jim Barkow, Boklund is Principal Saxophone in LaPorte City Band and performs with LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra.

For the Faculty Recital, Boklund will play “Allegro” from Concerto in F Minor by George Frederic Handel, “Sonata for Eb Alto Saxophone and Piano, Movement II” by Bernhard Heiden, “Dix Figures a Danser pour Saxophone Alto et Piano,” by Pierre Max Dubois,  and “I Got Rhythm,”  by George Gershwin.

Madison Kutch also teaches multiple band instruments at SAM, though her specialty is trumpet. A longtime student of Charles Steck, she is a member of LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra, Windiana Concert Band, the Michigan City Municipal Band and the La Porte City Band. Kutch teaches Elementary Music for schools in Michigan City, Ind, and has given private lessons for eight years.

Kutch’s repertoire for the Faculty Recital will be “Andante et Allegro, for Trumpet in C,” by J Guy-Ropartz, “La fille aux cheveux de lin” (Girl with the Flaxen Hair) for Cornet, by Claude Debussy, and “Prelude et Ballade, for Trumpet in B-flat” by Guillaume Balay.

The SAM Family Concert Series is made possible by a grant from the Pokagon Fund, donations to the School of American Music, and the support of Converge Church and its tech team.

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