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Release: Oct. 4, 2002



Kenneth Tse, the new saxophone professor at the University of Iowa School of Music, will be the featured soloist when the visiting Zagreb Saxophone Quartet from Croatia presents a free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, in Harper Hall in the UI Voxman Music Building.

Tse will be the soloist in a performance of “Tsunagari” by American composer David Kechley.

Other works on the program will be “Im Garten deiner Liebe” (In the garden of your love) by Berislav Cipuc, the Quartet for Saxophone by Elliot del Borgo, Six Croquis by Boris Papandopulo, and the Quartet No. 1 by Milko Lazar.

The members of the Zagreb Saxophone Quartet -- Dragan Sremec, soprano and alto saxophone; Goran Mercep, alto saxophone; Sasha Nestorovic, tenor saxophone; and Matjaz Drevenshek, baritone saxophone -- are graduates of the Zagreb Academny of Music. Since their debut in 1989, the quartet has reached a growing audience in Eastern Europe and around the world. Playing a repertoire that ranges from Baroque transcriptions to premieres of new works by Croatian composers, they have played and received critical acclaim in Austria, France, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Turkey, Slovenia, Spain and the United States.

They have performed with numerous European orchestra, including the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Croatian Radio Television Symphony Orchestra, the Slovenian Philharmonic, the Slovenian Army Orchestra and the Croatian Navy Orchestra. They have performed widely on the summer festival circuit, with appearances as the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Split Summer Festival, 10th, 11th and 12th World Saxophone Congress, Ljubljana Summer Festival, Open Europe 2000 in Berlin, and Europamusicale 2000 in Munich. Leading saxophonists have performed with the Zagreb Quartet, including UI graduate Eugene Rousseau and former UI faculty member Matthew Sintchack.

In Erlangen, Germany, the local critic wrote: “The Zagreb Saxophone Quartet offered a memorable and daring concert . . . the interpreters have deserved great recognition for their effort and willingness to take risks,” and a critic in Ljubljana, Slovenia, reported, “The sound palette of the Zagreb Saxophone Quartet is extremely rich, marked by pure and beautiful shades.”

Learn more about the Zagreb Saxophone Quartet at their web page, at <>

Tse joined the UI faculty in the fall of 2002. As a Yamaha performing artist and Vandoren endorsed artist, Tse is an active international performer and clinician. He has given performances and master classes in many parts of Asia, Europe and the United States. Many composers have written pieces for Tse, including saxophone sonatas, saxophone concerto, solo and chamber works by David DeBoor Canfield, John Cheetham, and Leonard Mark Lewis.

More information about Tse is available on his web page, at http://

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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