BrownBag Concert Series Resumes with World Premiere

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Todd Wilson, Trinity’s Director of Music and Worship, is available for interviews.

Saxophone Duo with Trinity Chamber Orchestra kick off Spring Season on Feb. 5

CLEVELAND—Music and Art at Trinity Cathedral’s BrownBag Concert Series resumes Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 12:10 p.m. when Jake Swanson and Sarah Marchitelli join the Trinity Chamber Orchestra in a thrilling program including a world premiere of Erwin Dressel’s Duo Concerto for Soprano and Alto Saxophone and Small Orchestra! The concert will also feature works by G.F. Händel and Astor Piazzolla. Freewill offering. Lunch will be available for $5 or guests are welcome to bring their own.

Erwin Dressel (1909-1972) was born in Berlin, Germany where he lived his entire life. As an accomplished concert pianist, composer, and arranger; Dressel worked for the radio in Berlin and the Deutsche Staatsoper. His first music for saxophone was written in 1933 for the virtuoso, Sigurd Raschèr. In 1965 he wrote Duo-Konzert (a double concerto for soprano and alto saxophones with chamber orchestra) for the father/daughter Raschèr Duo comprised of Sigurd and Karin Raschèr. Sigurd Raschèr and Erwin Dressel worked together throughout their careers on several projects including several collaborative performances. Sadly, despite their efforts, no premiere was ever scheduled for the Duo-Konzert.

After many years, Ries&Erler published Dressel’s Duo-Konzert in 2013 with the combined efforts of Carina Raschèr and Jacob Swanson. Having studied with Carina Raschèr, saxophonists Sarah Marchitelli and Jacob Swanson (saxophone duo, Jake&Sarah) premiered Erwin Dressel’s Duo-Konzert as an orchestral reduction (with piano accompaniment) in April 2012. The Trinity Chamber Orchestra performance of Erwin Dressel’s Duo-Konzert für Sopran- und Altsaxophon und kleines Orchester will mark the world premiere performance.

The classical saxophone duo Jake & Sarah has been seen on concert series and heard on the radio throughout the United States and in Europe. The two began performing together during their formal studies at the State University of New York at Fredonia where they performed in mixed chamber ensembles and saxophone quartets. In 2011 they began the more serious duo collaboration, Jake & Sarah, with a recital in New York City. In addition to their duet programs the duo has collaborated with pianists, poets, composers, and orchestras. Jake & Sarah have presented at the United State Navy International Saxophone Symposium and the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference.

Jake & Sarah’s repertoire includes established works for saxophone duo, transcriptions, and new pieces written specifically for them. Since their establishment, Jake & Sarah have collaborated with composers Kate Parker, Michael McGough, Tim Bausch, Michael Lanci, Scott Miller, Nathan Hall, David Marc Alterman, Dan Knorr and Frank Zabel to create new works for two saxophones – some with electronic medium.

Marchitelli serves as Associate Director and Woodwind Instructor at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts in Jamestown, New York. She is also an adjunct professor at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Swanson is an Instrumental Music Director at the Gowanda Central School District. In addition he maintains a studio at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts and directs the saxophone ensemble for the New Horizons program at S.U.N.Y. at Fredonia.

The BrownBag concert series runs weekly from Feb. 5 to May 21. The entire schedule is available at:

Concerts range from jazz to classical chamber music, big band, pipe organ with brass and much more. All programs take place in the beautiful Gothic nave of Trinity Cathedral. There is no admission fee – a freewill offering is taken at each concert. The Trinity Commons parking lot entrance is on Prospect Avenue at East 22nd Street. Overflow parking is available in the Cleveland State University Prospect garage. Parking is free.


About Music and Art at Trinity Cathedral:
Music and Art at Trinity Cathedral is a multi-faceted community arts organization that produces a free Brownbag Concert Series, collaborative arts programs, the annual Medieval Feast, and a variety of other arts-oriented programs, sometimes in conjunction with other organizations.  Each season, Music and Art at Trinity Cathedral produces or presents more than 40 events in the areas of music, dance, literature, theatre and the visual arts. Music and Art at Trinity Cathedral is led by Todd Wilson, Director of Music and Worship. Learn more at