NATCHITOCHES – The Three Reeds Duo will have a release concert for their second CD, “Metamorphosis” at Northwestern State University on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
The Three Reeds Duo is made up of NSU faculty members Paul Forsyth on saxophone and Leah Forsyth on oboe. They will be joined at the concert by Chialing Hsieh on piano.
Copies of the CD will be available for sale at the concert. The concert will feature music from this new album, music from the duo’s previous album (signals cross), and a new arrangement by NSU faculty member, Dr. Adam Hudlow.
The duo will also perform at Florida State University on Sept. 25, as part of the Schulkonzert Series in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sept. 26, at Georgia State University on Sept. 27 and at the University of Alabama-Huntsville on Sept. 28.
Three Reeds was formed in 2005 for a performance at the 2006 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference at the University of Iowa. Three Reeds has built a repertoire consisting of baroque and classical transcriptions, original composition for the instrumentation (sometimes incorporating piano) and most recently many new compositions, written for and commissioned by, the Three Reeds Duo. This ensemble has performed in a variety of venues throughout the country, from weddings to International Double Reed Society conferences and World Saxophone Congresses.
Equally adept at both the classical and jazz repertoire, Paul Forsyth has performed recitals and taught masterclasses at numerous concert halls, universities and conferences around the world. He has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician at North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences, World Saxophone Congresses, John Donald Robb Composer Symposiums and International Saxophone Symposiums. He has been instrumental in commissioning numerous new works for solo saxophone, saxophone quartet and saxophone/oboe duo. As a top-call saxophonist in northern Louisiana, he has performed with such performers as Regis Philbin, Lew Soloff, the Temptations and Bobby Vinton. In 2017, Paul Forsyth was named the NASA Competition Committee Chairman. He joined the faculty of Northwestern State in the fall of 2007 and currently serves as professor of saxophone.
Bringing with her a strong background in both orchestral and military band performance, Forsyth joined the faculty at Northwestern State in 2011 where she is an assistant professor of oboe. Prior to her time in Louisiana, she served as oboist with the United States Army Field Band in Washington, D.C. from 2007-2011, where she also performed regularly throughout the United States with the Woodwind Ambassadors Quintet. She was solo English Horn with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra from 2005-2007. A native of central Ohio, Leah Forsyth holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree from The Florida State University. She has performed with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Tallahassee Symphony, Charleston (South Carolina) Symphony, Ohio Light Opera, Brevard Music Center Orchestra and the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra.
Leah Forsyth, left, with Paul Forsyth.