Conte – Fantasy for Orchestra
Bay Area composer
Milhaud - Scaramouche
David Henderson, saxophone
Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition
This event's post concert reception sponsored by
Barefoot Wine & Bubbly
About David Henderson, saxophone
David Henderson grew up in Hartford City, Indiana, and has degrees from the University of Michigan and the Juilliard School. In 1980 he gave his Carnegie Recital Hall solo debut as a winner of the East and West Artists competition - the New York Times stating, "An exceptionally accomplished instrumentalist with something to say, his work is poised, cultivated and expressive." In 1981 he received a first prize in saxophone from the Conservatoire de Bordeaux as a recipient of a Fulbright-ITT grant to study in France.
Since moving to San Francisco in 1988, he has played regularly with the San Francisco Symphony, including tours, recordings and television broadcasts under maestro Michael Tilson Thomas. He has also toured with the BBC Symphony under Andrew Davis and performed with the New World Symphony, the San Francisco Opera and Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra, and the St. Petersburg (Russia) Philharmonic. He has appeared as soloist with the Oakland/East Bay Symphony.
In 1989 he joined the San Francisco Saxophone Quartet as tenor saxophonist and keyboard player. Starting out as street musicians in downtown San Francisco, the group was discovered on the street by the president of Angel/EMI records in 1990, and has since recorded many CD's and toured most of the 50 states as well as Japan. In 2006 Mr. Henderson joined the Premiere Saxophone Quartet, artists-in-residence at San Jose State University.
He has worked as a musician at Disney World and Great America theme parks, and played both on and off-Broadway while living in New York, including the original productions of Nunsense and March of the Falsettos.
Mr. Henderson currently teaches saxophone at the University of the Pacific and Stanford University. Summertime activities include the Sun Valley (Idaho) Summer Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival (Santa Cruz), Woodminster Summer Theater (Oakland) and the Mountain Play (Marin County). He and his partner Mike live in Pittsburg, CA.