|James Skretta||Soprano Saxophone|
|Calvin Wong||Alto Saxophone |
|John Hallberg||Tenor Saxophone|
Trio UNIDO (John Hallberg, James Skretta and Calvin Wong) is an enthusiastic and versatile ensemble. Hailing from different corners of the world, its members formed the group while studying at the University of Iowa (USA) in 2011. UNIDO seeks to promote works by new, upcoming composers, while also presenting lesser known works by established composers. The trio's members have received numerous awards and significant recognition in recent years, including top prizes in local concerto competitions and MTNA (USA) solo and chamber ensemble events. Its members have recently been featured in master classes and recitals, notably the Hong Kong International Saxophone Symposium (HKISS), the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic (Chicago, USA), the US Navy Band Saxophone Symposium (Washington, D.C.), and the Eugene Rousseau International Master Class (Minneapolis, USA). Additionally, Trio UNIDO's members are regular performers at North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) regional and national events. Hallberg (California, USA), Skretta (Iowa, USA) and Wong (Hong Kong) are students of Dr. Kenneth Tse.
Souvenirs, Op. 28 - Samuel Barber, arr. Shono Hirohisa
In 1952 I was writing some duets for one piano to play with a friend, and Lincoln Kirstein suggested I orchestrate them for a ballet. Commissioned by the Ballet Society, the suite consists of a waltz, schottische, pas de deux, two step, hesitation tango, and gallop. One might imagine a divertissement in a setting of the Palm Court of the Hotel Plaza in New York, the year about 1914, epoch of the first tangos. Souvenirs, remembered with affection, not in irony or with tongue in cheek, but in amused tenderness. - Samuel Barber.