Hartwick to Host Gallodoro Memorial Concert

March 15, 2010

Hartwick College will host a Concert in Memory of Al Gallodoro at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 19 in the Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre on the College campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

Alfred J. Gallodoro H'05, legendary master of saxophone and clarinet, was a long-time resident of Oneonta. On September 1, 2005, he was celebrated with an Honorary Doctorate from Hartwick College in recognition of a lifetime of extraordinary achievement in music performance and teaching.

Entertainment will be provided by musicians who have performed with Gallodoro, some two or three times and others well over 300 times. These musicians are: JoAnn Chmielowski - piano, Rob Hunt - piano, Kim Paterson - piano, Tom Slavinsky - clarinet, Leslie Walters - alto saxophone and clarinet, Susan Fancher - saxophone, Bill Pomares - saxophone, Greg Langdon - tenor sax, Dennis Turechek - guitar, John Davey - bass, Tom Wetmore - bass, Lou Smaldone - bass, Joe Tokarowski - drums, Sam Zucchini - percussion, Johana Arnold - vocalist, DJ Potter - vocalist, Jason Curley - conductor, and the Hartwick College Orchestra.

Two very special events will be highlighted during the concert. First, the world premiere of the work "Esquisses for Saxophone and Orchestra (in memoriam- Alfred Gallodoro)" by composer Dana Paul Perna (2009) featuring Saxophonist Susan Fancher and the Hartwick College Orchestra. Second, two special performances by saxophone/clarinetist Leslie Walters Simmons from transcriptions directly and painstakingly made from Gallodoro's recordings of "Harlem Nocturne" and "Fantasie Impromptu."

Beginning his professional career at the age of 13, Gallodoro performed in Vaudeville houses, New Orleans speakeasies of the prohibition era, coffeehouses and jazz clubs all over the U.S., and at Carnegie Hall six times. His longest association (nearly four decades) was with the "King of Jazz" Paul Whiteman. Gallodoro played the lead first alto sax, as well as the clarinet and bass clarinet for the band. He was a regularly featured "front stage" soloist on live broadcasts from the 1930s until his death in October 2008. He performed more on-air solos than any other performer in history, averaging three to four times a week during a span of more than 30 years. Gallodoro also was a classical performer in his own right, having worked for many years under symphonic conductors Arturo Toscanini and Leopold Stokowski.

Donations may be made to benefit the Al Gallodoro Music Memorial Fund, Ltd, a New York State 501(c)(3) non-profit entity. Donations may be tax deductible. The mission of the fund is to educate musicians about Gallodoro's musical life and philosophy, and to provide awards and scholarships to musicians who demonstrate excellence in their musical studies and/or performances.

For more information, call 607-431-4800 or e-mail

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,480 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three Year Bachelor’s Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Christopher Lott
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