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April 3, 2003

April 14 Faculty Recital Will Feature Saxophone

Kenneth Tse, saxophone professor at the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free recital with other UI faculty and guest artists, performing a wide spectrum of 20th-century works for saxophone at 8 p.m. Monday, April 14 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Appearing with Tse will be faculty artists Amy Appold, violin; Rose Chancler, piano; Benjamin Coelho, bassoon; Katherine Eberle, mezzo-soprano; and Hannah Holman, cello. Guest artists will be Michael Duke, saxophone; and Melanie Tse, clarinet.

The program will present the saxophone in a variety of different contexts, from a duet for saxophone and clarinet, written expressly for Tse and his wife, to songs for voice with saxophone and piano, and larger chamber combinations that include the saxophone.

"I chose this program for the variety of colors it presents," Tse said. "I hope the audience will enjoy the different combinations of instruments and the diversity of contemporary musical styles that I am introducing."

The complete program will be:
--"Saxsounds III (Diminishing Returns)" for two alto saxophones and electronic delay by Steven Galante;
--"Le Chant du Veilleur" by Joaquin Nin, arranged for voice, saxophone and piano by Jean-Marie Londeix
--Partita, op. 100, for alto saxophone, violin, cello and piano, by Juan Orrego-Salas;
--"Le Petit Duo" (Little duet) for alto saxophone and clarinet by David DeBoor Canfield; and
--"Louder than Words" for alto saxophone, bassoon and piano by Don Freund.

Canfields' "Petit Duo" was written expressly for Tse and his wife, Melanie. The composer explained in his program note, "The impetus . . . came from Kenneth Tse, who pointed out the dearth of duets for clarinet and alto saxophone. The Duo is petite only in length, comprising three brief movements, and not in facility, making demands on two very talented musicians.

"Each of the three movements makes some kind of word play on the name Tse, pronounced 'Cheh.' The first movement, 'The Chase,' seeks to imitate a chase. The second movement, 'The Chaise Lounge,' suggests a lounge atmosphere with its undulating rhythms and laid-back style. The third movement, 'Tse-Tse Fly,' adopts the only word in English that utilizes the Tses' name. Depicting such an insect buzzing around, the movement also musically characterizes in several places attempts to swat the fly. Whether the fly escapes to buzz another day will best be decided by the listener."

Tse joined the UI faculty in the fall of 2002. As a Yamaha performing artist and Vandoren endorsed artist, he 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 him, including saxophone sonatas, concertos, solo and chamber works by David DeBoor Canfield, John Cheetham and Leonard Mark Lewis.

Tse studied at Indiana University with the internationally acclaimed American artist and teacher Eugene Rousseau, who is a UI graduate. He has appeared as a soloist with orchestras and wind ensembles in the United States and Asia. He has recorded several solo compact discs. More information about Tse is available at

A native of Australia, Duke is a graduate of Melbourne University's Victorian College of the Arts. He has studied with Rousseau at Indiana University, where he received a master's degree and is currently completing a doctorate. In addition to teaching an extensive private studio, Duke is an active clinician and tutor. He was invited to participate at the Australian National Band and Orchestra Clinic in Perth. He is currently teaching at Simpson College in Indianola.

Melanie Tse is a graduate of Indiana University School of Music. She was a member of the Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra and played in various wind ensembles in Illinois and Missouri. As a conductor, she has led several children's choirs and an adult choir. Currently, she teaches private lessons on clarinet and piano.

Appold is a founding member and first violinist of the Maia String Quartet. Her extensive performing experience also includes positions with the Youngstown and Canton symphonies and the Isabella Gardner Museum Chamber Orchestra in Boston and solo performances with the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony and the Bach Ensemble of Baltimore.

Chancler has performed throughout the United States as both a soloist and a collaborative artist. She has played concertos and recitals in Alaska, New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, California, Oklahoma and Massachusetts. She has been an invited guest artist and teacher at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and at Magisterra!, the first UI International Chamber Music Festival and Academy in May, 2000.

Coelho has worked extensively as performer and teacher of bassoon, in both the United States and his native Brazil. He was a founding member of the Manhattan Wind Quintet, with whom he played a sold-out concert in Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. As a soloist, Coelho has played recitals and concertos in Brazil, the United States, Canada and Portugal. In Brazil he played principal bassoon with the Orquestra Sinfonica do Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro and the Grupo de Musica Contemporanea of Minas Gerais.

In the past 10 years Eberle has performed in more than 45 professional engagements with orchestras, choral organizations and chamber music groups. Concert credits include solo performances with symphonies in Detroit, Lansing and Saginaw, Mich.; and Atlanta, Macon, Rome, and Valdosta, Ga. She has given more than 50 solo recitals as a guest artist in 18 states and in Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Korea, Peru, St. John and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Trinidad, and Tobago.

Holman, who served as principal cello with the Cedar Rapids Symphony in 2001-02, joined the Maia Quartet at the UI in the summer of 2002. She is also assistant principal cello of the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra and the American Sinfonietta, Always an active chamber musician, she was a founding member of the Beaumont Piano Trio, performing recitals in several states, as well as on tour in England, and was a founding member of Quadrivium, a music ensemble in residence at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. As soloist she played with orchestras in Michigan, Virginia, and Georgia.

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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BROADCASTERS: Tse is pronounced "cheh." Chancler is pronounced "CHANCE-ler." Coelho is pronounced "QUAIL-yo."