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March 17: Broadway Artist David Yazbek

Tony Award-nominated artist will perform in Halling Recital Hall.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 2-16-2018

MANKATO – The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music is proud to present an evening with the multi Tony Award-nominated artist David Yazbek (pictured), known for writing the music and lyrics for Broadway hits “The Full Monty,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.”

The concert event is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17 in Elias J. Halling Recital Hall, housed in Minnesota State Mankato’s Earley Center for Performing Arts.

Yazbek is also in residence in the Department of Music from Wednesday, March 14 through Saturday, March 17 conducting master classes for University music students. He will be joined by four accomplished Broadway musicians for the residency events.

An accomplished musician, Yazbek has released five rock albums to date which highlight his unique perspective and wry sense of humor. He has also written many songs and background music for children's television shows, especially those produced for Disney’s cable television channel. He also co-wrote the theme song to the Emmy award winning PBS-TV series “Where in The World Is Carmen Sandiego?” with songwriter Sean Altman.

In addition to his work with Broadway shows, Yazbek has produced tracks for the band XTC. The band’s lead singer, Andy Partridge, has collaborated on Yazbek's solo albums. Yazbek also has written for or produced recordings by Tito Puente, The Persuasions and Queen.

Afro-Cuban percussionist Javier Diaz, drummer Dean Sharenow, electric bassist Alexandra Eckhardt, and saxophonist Sam Sadigursky will join Yazbek.

Diaz is a percussionist with the American Symphony Orchestra and a member of several Latin music groups in the New York Area. He has also performed extensively on various Broadway productions. Other credits include stints with the Miami Sound Machine, Diana Ross, and Gladys Knight. His studio/film soundtrack credits include collaborations with jazz greats David Sanborn and Marcus Miller, ECM's Tituli by Stephen Hartke with the Hilliard Ensemble, several HBO films and many TV and radio commercials.

Sharenow works in New York City as a musician, music coordinator, and record producer/engineer. His Broadway credits include Sting’s "The Last Ship" and Yazbek’s "The Band’s Visit" and "Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown," as well as "Twelfth Night," "The Total Bent," "Fortress Of Solitude," and "A Midsummer Night’s Dream."

Sharenow’s recording engineer and producer credits include "The Great Comet," "Old Hats," "Preludes," "Fortress of Solitude," "Women on the Verge"…, and "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," as well as solo albums for Shaina Taub, David Sanborn, Stephen Lynch, Yazbek, Joan Baez, and Jonatha Brooke. He is a Grammy Award nominee for best album engineering.

Electric bassist Alexandra Eckhardt has performed in a number of Broadway musical pit orchestras including Hamilton, Wicked, Fun Home, Matilda, Kinky Boots, School of Rock, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. In addition, Eckhardt performs with the indie rock band, Here We Go Magic. Eckhardt was featured playing with Questlove on the PBS documentary, "Hamilton's America" about the making of the hit Broadway show.

Recently, Eckhardt played in a New York Times reviewed concert with Tony nominated actor, Rob McClure, and a sold-out show with recording artist, Jay Stolar, at The Gramercy Theater. Eckhardt can be heard on the debut album entitled, "Clown Parade" by country artist, Adam Ray. She is also a mainstay at Rockwood Music Hall's monthly event, The After Party.

Sam Sadigursky has toured and recorded as a saxophonist and clarinetist with artists as diverse as Brad Mehldau, Tom Jones, Linda Oh, and The Mingus Orchestra. He has been nominated for three Grammy awards for his work with Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society.

As a composer, he has written for film and modern dance and has also published three books of original etudes for clarinet and saxophone. He is the recipient of numerous grants from organizations such as Chamber Music America, ASCAP and the Jerome Foundation.

Sadigursky has performed at major venues and festivals including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Lincoln Center, Newport Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, Radio France (Paris), Moers Festival (Germany), BMW Jazz Festival (Brazil), Jazz al Parque (Bogota, Colombia), and the Wangaratta Jazz Festival (Australia). Sadigursky has also performed for numerous Broadway shows (most recently Fiddler on the Roof and Matilda). He appears on over 30 albums as a sideman and is currently the onstage clarinetist for The Band’s Visit on Broadway.

Concert admission is $15 and $13 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to

For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

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