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BW Jazz Professor Selected for European Concert Tour in 2012

Greg Banaszak, director of Jazz Studies at Baldwin Wallace, has been selected by the European Unionís Ministry of Culture and Advisory Board to present a three-month concert tour from June through August 2012, that will premiere a new American composer's saxophone concerto.

As part of this prestigious honor, he will perform in each capital city within the European Union, beginning in Brussels, Belgium, in June 2012. This collaboration will expose European audiences to the rich, cultural diversity represented in the United States. Performances will be held in Germany, Austria, Slovenia, France, Spain, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Hungary and Belgium. 

The selection, which was led by Monseiur Cesariusz Gadzina, was a result of Banaszak performing American repertoire of David Morgan while touring as a concerto soloist with the Berliner Opera Symphoniker in November of 2010. 

U.S. composers submitting scores for committee selection include David Morgan, past  BW Focus Festival Composer in Residence John Corgliano, and BW's own alumnus composer, pianist, and conductor Brian Taylor, who recently completed a three movement concerto for Banaszak.

Banaszak, who resides in Westlake, is one of today's leading saxophonists.  He has performed with orchestras and at concert halls throughout the world. 

Considered ďA Saxophone Tour de ForceĒ by The New York Times, he has appeared as concerto soloist and recitalist throughout the United States, also the countries of France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, Egypt, South Korea, The Dominican Republic and Japan. 

Banaszak is also on the faculty of Cleveland Institute of Music/Case Western Reserve University, and Kent State University.  He is was recently appointed to the National Academy of Arts and Sciences as a voting member for the annual Grammy Awards ceremony. 

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