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Prometheus Duo - October 24, 2019

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 10:00am
Musical Exploration
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT
David Schonfeld

The Prometheus Duo consists of Joseph Abad, saxophone and Marko Stuparevic (a former E. B. Storrs piano scholar), piano. The Duo, recently returned from a concert tour of Serbia, will perform pieces written by Serbian composers, as well as classical music with Balkan influences. The Duo's trip to Serbia involved a cross-exchange with American composers, and several of the latters' pieces will also be played. The Duo's fascinating selections will showcase the finesse and lasting power of this unique medium. Both of these young musicians are virtuosi and their programming is innovative, so we should be in for a treat.

Marko Stuparevic has appeared in numerous concerts and festivals in the USA, Israel, France, Serbia, Iceland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, and Slovakia as a solo performer and chamber musician. He has won top prizes in the Dimitar Nenov, Petar Konjovic, American Protégé, Nikolai Rubinstein competitions and many other international piano contests. As a result, Mr. Stuparevic is a regularly performing concerto soloist, performing with the Razgrad Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestra of the Army House of Serbia, the National Symphony of Bulgaria, the Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Foot in the Door Ensemble. He has also performed as a member of the 20/20 Chamber Music Honors Program, the Vagus Trio, HICO, the Foot In The Door Ensemble, the Elements Ensemble, with the Dahlia Duo, Celesti Sondato, and 016. Most recently, he has performed on the Women’s New Music Festival (Hartford), the Tel Hai Festival, and the LaMama Moves Festival in New York City alongside the principal Martha Graham dancer, Miki Orihara. Mr. Stuparevic is currently pursuing his Doctoral degree (DMA) at The Hartt School of Music.

Joseph Abad is a contemporary, classical saxophonist and educator based in the Hartford (Connecticut) area. As a concerto soloist, Mr. Abad has enjoyed collaborating with the Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra, the Hamden Symphony Orchestra, the Hudson Valley Chamber Winds, The Hartt School Wind Ensemble, The Hartt Symphony Orchestra, the University of California (Davis) Symphony Orchestra, and the University of California (Davis) Wind Ensemble. As a chamber musician, Mr. Abad has had the pleasure performing in 16 states, alongside performances and recitals in Japan, Italy, and Iceland. From 2012-2016, he was the soprano saxophonist of the Hartford-based Asylum Quartet. Mr. Abad holds music degrees from the University of California at Davis (BM) and Arizona State University (MM). In 2013, he received an Artist Diploma in Saxophone Performance from The Hartt School of Music. He is currently an Endorsed Artist of Forestone Reeds.