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Release: Nov. 24, 1999
Sintchak to present saxophone recital in variety of
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Matt Sintchak will play "Primarily
Premieres," a University of Iowa faculty recital featuring the saxophone --
which he teaches at the UI School of Music -- in a variety of instrumental
contexts at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
The program will include three world premieres among
works that showcase the saxophone as a solo instrument, with piano, with electronic
accompaniment, and as part of an instrumental ensemble. Assisting Sintchak
will be UI faculty members Dan Moore, percussion, and Mark Weiger, oboe; and
guest artists Brook Cuden, piano, and Angela Wyatt, alto saxophone.
The recital will be free and open to the public.
The complete program of Sintchak's recital will comprise
-- the world premiere of "Energy Drink I" for solo
alto saxophone by Mark Engebretsen.
-- "Distances Within Me" for alto saxophone and piano
by John Anthony Lennon.
-- the world premiere of "Orthogonality" for alto
saxophone and tape by UI faculty member Lawrence Fritts.
-- a share of a world-wide premiere of the Sonata
for alto saxophone and piano by Gunther Schuller.
-- "Cross Currents" for alto saxophone, oboe and marimba,
by Charles Rochester Young.
-- "Invocation and Dance" for soprano and alto saxophones
by Warren Benson.
"Energy Drink I" was written for Sintchak, specifically
for the Dec. 9 performance. It is the first in a planned series of high-speed,
virtuoso solo works for a variety of instruments by Engebretson, who teaches
music theory at the State University of New York, Fredonia.
Another completely new work, "Orthogonality" was written
for Sintchak during the fall by Fritts, who is the director of the UI Electronic
Music Studios. Fritts created a tape, generated from digitally processed saxophone
pitches and key clicks, which were transformed into the sound of a percussion
ensemble. The tape is played as an accompaniment to a live saxophone performance.
Schuller's Sonata for alto saxophone and piano was
commissioned by a consortium of saxophonists from around the world through
the World-Wide Concurrent Commissioning Fund. The fund was organized by Kenneth
Radnofsky, who was Sintchak's saxophone teacher at the New England Conservatory
of Music. During a single week, Schuller's Sonata will be premiered by at
least 50 saxophonists around the world.
In a written introduction to his score, Schuller stresses
that the Sonata should not be approached as saxophone solo with secondary
piano accompaniment. Rather it should be a "truly integrated, symbiotic duo,
with both parts equivalent in all aspects, especially harmonically."
A prolific self-taught composer as well as a French
horn player, conductor, broadcaster, editor, jazz historian, writer, teacher
and administrator, Schuller is best known for his concept of "third-stream"
music, a term he coined in 1957 to describe the synthesis of jazz and art
A visiting professor at the UI, Sintchak has previously
taught at the University of Hartford; Nazareth College and Roberts Wesleyan
College in Rochester, N.Y.; and at Eastman., where he won a 1996-97 Teaching
Prize. An avid performer of contemporary music, Sintchak has also given traditional
solo recitals across the United States and performed with the Hartford and
Portland symphonies and the Rochester Philharmonic, and with the Eastman Wind
Ensemble on two tours to Japan.
Sintchak has studied at Boston University, the New
England Conservatory of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and the Paris
Conservatory in France. He recently completed his doctorate in saxophone performance
with a Performer's Certificate from Eastman.
A member of the piano faculty at Luther College in
Decorah, Cuden is also a doctoral student and graduate assistant in piano
in the UI School of Music. She has won the Music Teachers National Association
State Collegiate Piano Competition and the Iowa Federation of Music Clubs
State Piano Competition. During the past summer she received a scholarship
for study at the Aspen Music Festival.
Wyatt teaches in the Eagan, Minn., public schools
and at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. A founding member of the Ancia Saxophone
Quartet, she holds a masters degree in saxophone performance from Northwestern.
Since coming to Iowa in 1988 Weiger has performed
as a soloist throughout the United States, Canada, England, Mexico, Austria,
France and Italy, presented two recitals in Carnegie Hall in New York, been
a finalist in nine international competitions, and won First Prize in the
Queens Philharmonic Concerto Competition (NY). The first oboist to serve as
an Artistic Ambassador through the U.S. Information Agency, Weiger performed
recitals in Nepal, Pakistan, Israel, Jordan and Sri Lanka.
An internationally known percussionist, composer and
teacher, Moore has experience from concert to marching percussion, and from
jazz to classical styles. Performing all aspects of percussion, including
keyboard percussion, drum set, ethnic and multi-percussion, he is considered
a "total percussionist." As a soloist, he has developed a unique new style
of marimba performance, using a MIDI set-up that allows him to create layers
of electronically triggered and natural acoustic sounds. For the past 12 years
he has toured as a member of the Britain/Moore Duo.
For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr
on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.