Concert Series

Date: 7:30pm EDT March 29, 2018

John Thomas (saxophone) and Teodora Adzharova (piano)

As part of its 2017-2018 Premier Artists lineup, The Concert Series presents John Thomas (saxophone) and Teodora Adzharova (piano), performing a mixture of classical chamber works and jazz standards. Advance tickets are available through Eventbrite.

Individual tickets are $20 (adults) and $15 (non-WC College Students / Seniors over age 65 / WC faculty & staff). WC students and youth 18 and under are free. Individual tickets can be purchased online with a credit card via EventBrite, or with cash or check at the door. Season tickets can be purchased on the Concert Series website. Inquires and ticket holds can be sent to  or 410-778-7839 (Debbie Reed).

 

John Thomas spans the chasm between the concert and jazz saxophone worlds.  Equally adept at the arts of improvisation and interpretation, he insistently explores the bounds of genre and idiom. From his beginnings as a jazz saxophonist, to appearing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and composing his own electro-acoustic music, he has refined and expanded his horizons as a performer and educator- a model of the 21st Century musician.

As a classical performer, he has premiered new solo and chamber works both in the US and abroad. He actively performs the standard repertoire of the saxophone, as well new works by young composers and electro-acoustic compositions.

As a jazz musician, Mr. Thomas has appeared with such artists as Bob Mintzer, Kevin Mahogany, Slide Hampton, and Michael Formanek. Pop music engagements include appearances with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Glen Miller Orchestra, Ben Vereen, and Little Anthony and the Imperials.

In the Baltimore area, Mr. Thomas is a busy freelance performer and has performed at venues including Meryerhoff Symphony Hall, Wolf Trap, the Strathmore, and Bethesda Blues and Jazz.

Mr. Thomas has performed at North American Saxophone Alliance national and regional conferences, the U.S. Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, and the World Saxophone Congress at Mahidol University in Thailand.  He is currently a Lecturer in Music at Washington College, teaching Applied Clarinet and Saxophone as well as leading the Woodwind and Jazz ensembles at the college.

 

Teodora Adzharova was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and began piano study at age 7.  By the time she graduated from High School, she had won both national and international competitions in Bulgaria, France, Germany, Macedonia and the Czech Republic.  After several years at the Conservatory in Bulgaria, she came to the United States to study with Neil Rutman on full scholarship at the University of Central Arkansas.  An Assistantship in keyboard studies enabled her to attend the Peabody Conservatory.  After completing a Master’s Degree at Peabody, she joined the Peabody faculty to teach Keyboard Studies.  The following year she entered the DMA  program.  She is currently the Accompanying Coordinator.  

 

PROGRAM INFO

Classical Chamber Music 

Lessons of the Sky by Rodney Rogers
San Antonio by John Harbison
Picnic on the Marne by Ned Rorem
Selections from Orphan Sketches by Darryl Brenzel

 

Standards

Don’t Explain by Billie Holliday/Arthur Herzog Jr.
Smile by Charlie Chaplin
Mother Nature’s Son by John Lennon/Paul McCartney
Get Happy by Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler