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Local saxophonist featured

Accomplished saxophonist Ted Brankston will be the featured performer at the next Oshawa Symphony concert, the second of it's current series, on Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. at Eastdale Collegiate auditorium.

Dr. Brankston, a local physician, began playing clarinet and saxophone with Frank Uhren in Grade 9 in Toronto. He performed with various stage bands during his high school years and even formed his own dance orchestra, The Lamplighters, which made two television appearances in 1966 on CFTO-TV.

Upon entering medical school in 1971, Dr. Brankston left music entirely for 12 years until 1983 when he began to study with Paul Brodie.

Since then he has made great strides in his study of the saxophone, achieving Grade 10 Royal Conservatory in one year.

Recently Dr. Brankston presented a two-hour concert in Oshawa with the accompanist George Brough and in June attended a five-day master class at Indiana University under the direction of Dr. Eugene Rosseau.

It was Brodie and Rosseau who together founded the first World Saxophone Congress in Chicago in 1969, and both have studied at the Paris Conservatory.

Dr. Brankston is planning to attend a master class with Jean-Marie Loudeix in France in the summer and hopes to attend the next World Saxophone Congress in 1988 to be held in Japan.

The Nov. 9 Oshawa Symphony concert, sponsored by Clinic Pharmacy, will also feature the Oshawa Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Winston Webber.

Tickets for the performance are available at Saywell's Book Store, and Alto II Music in Oshawa, Middleton's Stationery in Whitby or by calling 579-6711. Subscriptions for the five remaining concerts are still available and may be reserved by calling 579-6711.

To purchase Ted's debut CD
"I Want To Live" click HERE

"...one of the best classical saxophone recordings I've ever heard!"
David Gibson, Editor
Saxophone Journal 2004

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