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Krannert Center Debut Artist: Jonathan Dufresne, saxophone

Described as having a “deliciously smooth sound” (The News-Gazette), Jonathan Dufresne has been invited to perform internationally in Austria, Netherlands, Canada, and several venues across the United States, including Carnegie Hall. He also performed as a soloist with the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Wind Symphony, Hindsley Symphonic Band, Danville Symphony Orchestra, LMEA Symphony Orchestra, St. James Episcopal Choir, and the LSU Jazz Ensemble to name a few.

Recent accomplishments include first prize in the 2024 Krannert Debut Artist Competition, second prize in the 2023 MTNA Chamber Music Competition, first prize in the 2022 UISO Concerto Competition, first prize in the 21st Century Talents International Solo Competition, finalist in the 2021 Coltman Chamber Music Competition, and semi-finalist in the 2021 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition


Fazil Say: Suite for Alto Saxophone and Piano, Op. 55
Alfred Desenclos: Prélude, Cadence, et Finale

20-minute intermission

Baljinder Singh Sekhon II: Gradient
Alexander Glazunov: Chant du Ménestrel, Op. 71(Trans. Jonathan Dufresne)
Takashi Yoshimatsu: Fuzzy Bird Sonata

The Krannert Center Debut Artist concert beautifully embodies the nature of Krannert Center as a collaborative laboratory, classroom, and public square. Together, Krannert Center and the School of Music choose by audition an outstanding student. This performer then receives a professional contract for their Debut Artist performance, working with members of Krannert Center’s staff and School of Music faculty to plan, present, promote, and document their recital. Audience members receive a special opportunity to hear a rising University of Illinois performer and to experience history in the making.

Salon-style performances offer a close connection between artists and guests as audience members sit in six rows of seats on stage with the performer. Light refreshments are served before the performance. Balcony tickets (without refreshments) are also available.

If you can, show your love for the arts by purchasing an "Advocate" ticket; the additional ticket cost directly benefits Krannert Center.

Endowed Sponsors

  • Terry & Barbara England
  • Anna Merritt

Endowed Co-sponsors

  • Joanne & Charles McIntyre
  • Mildred Maddox Rose
  • June & Grover Seitzinger

Patron Sponsors

  • Anonymous
  • Jon Liebman

Patron Co-sponsors

  • Susan & Michael Haney
  • Leonard (Len) Lewicki

With deep gratitude, Krannert Center thanks all Patron Sponsors and Corporate and Community Sponsors.

If you believe in the life-affirming experiences that Krannert Center and the performing arts at Illinois make possible, please make a gift: advancement@krannertcenter.illinois.edu, KrannertCenter.com/Give, or faa.illinois.edu/giving.

Event Details

Foellinger Great Hall
Su Apr 07, 2024 - 3:00pm CT
Advocate 90 / Standard 56 / SC 51 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10 Balcony: 10 / UI & YTH 5* *Balcony tickets do not include food and beverage.

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