Chris will perform at the Capitol 4th PBS TV Concert with the National Symphony Orchestra on July 4th. Broadcasted live on PBS from the US Capitol West Lawn in Washington, DC, this 28th annual broadcast of America’s biggest and best-loved 4th of July concert will feature unrivaled musical performances from some of the country’s best known and award-winning artists, as well as a spectacular fireworks display on the National Mall over the Washington Monument.
He will also perform with the same orchestra at the NSO Pops Concert Series at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on September 25-27th. This program will be called “Tribute to a Legend” and will highlight Linda Eder as she sings Judy Garland classics, with Marvin Hamlisch conducting.
In December, Chris will perform with the Kennedy Center Orchestra at the Kennedy Center Honors TV Special at the Opera House in Washington on the 23rd. The Honors gala is the Kennedy Center’s most important annual fundraising event, supporting its performing arts, education, and outreach programs.
Chris has been a Selmer artist clinician since 1981 and performs exclusively on Selmer Paris Saxophones. He also provides jazz and saxophone clinics to students around the country. “Conn-Selmer recognizes the dedication of our endorsing artists”, says Rich Breske, director of communications. “Chris is a valuable asset to our efforts in advancing the role of music in every segment of our society.”
A native of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Chris Vadala graduated from the Eastman School of Music, earning the honor of the Performer’s Certificate in saxophone as well as a B.M. in Music Education, received an M.A. in clarinet from Connecticut College, and pursued postgraduate study in woodwinds at Eastman. He is also the Director of Jazz Studies and Saxophone Professor at the University of Maryland.