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Nov. 7, 2003

Tse Presents Saxophone Recital Nov. 20

Kenneth Tse will present a University of Iowa faculty recital of concert music for the alto saxophone, performing solo and with pianist Shari Rhoads, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The program, consisting entirely of music written in the 20th century, reflects the history of the saxophone and its development as a concert instrument.

Invented around 1840 by the Belgian instrument-maker Adolphe Sax, the saxophone was first developed as a reed instrument that was suitable for military bands. It gradually won a place in orchestral and concert music, however, and as the instrument's potential emerged, a great deal of music for the saxophone as a solo instrument has been written over the course of the past century.

Today, of course, the saxophone is equally at home in jazz, Broadway, the professional studio and the concert hall.

Tse's complete program comprises six pieces:
-- Sarabande and Gigue for alto saxophone and piano, written in 1974 by American composer Fisher Tull;
-- Sonata in c-sharp for alto saxophone and piano, written in 1942 by Fernande Decruck;
-- "Prelude, Cadence et Finale" for alto saxophone and piano, written in 1956 by Alfred Descenclos;
-- Sonata for alto saxophone solo by Sigfrid Karg-Elert, composed in the early years of the 20th century;
-- Sonata for alto saxophone and piano, written in 1970 by Robert Muczynski; and
-- Sonata "San Antonio" for alto saxophone and piano, written in 1994 by American composer John Harbison.

"This recital includes music of several categories," Tse explained. "There are pieces that are considered standard repertoire: Descenclos and Muczynski; pieces that deserve to be performed more often: Tull and Karg-Elert; pieces that are long forgotten: Decruck and Karg-Elert; and music that is relatively recent but fun for everyone to listen to: Harbison."

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 him, including saxophone sonatas, saxophone concertos, solo and chamber works by David DeBoor Canfield, John Cheetham and Leonard Mark Lewis.

Upon his 1996 Carnegie Hall debut, the New York Times heralded Tse as "a young virtuoso" and the Herald Times described his playing as "virtuosic brilliance" with a "beauteous, ever-so-smooth voice." Saxophone Journal wrote, "Every aspect of saxophone performance has been refined to the 'nth' degree: His ability to bring out the lyricism of any line no matter how active or convoluted is breath taking."

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 the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia, Indiana University Wind Ensemble, Baylor University Wind Ensemble, Emory University Wind Ensemble, Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony and Des Moines Symphony, among others. He has solo compact disc recordings on Crystal Records, RIAX Records and Enharmonic Records. He is currently the membership director for the North American Saxophone Alliance.

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

Rhoads joined the UI School of Music faculty as opera coach and diction teacher in the fall of 2000. Before arriving at the UI she taught music history at the Music conservatory in Lucerne and the Conservatory of Lausanne in Switzerland. Rhoads has also been Kapellmeister at the Lucerne Theater, where she conducted the world premiere of Jacques Demierre's "Lachen der Schafe" and numerous repertory operas. She was conductor and coach at the opera theater in Darmstadt, Germany, and the Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona, Spain.

Her accompanying credentials include recitals with Jose Carreras, Luis Lima and Montserrat Caballe, with whom she worked exclusively as coach/accompanist and orchestrator. She has accompanied master classes with a number of renowned artists including singer Gerard Souzay, cellist Lynn Harrell and violist William Primrose, and served as staff accompanist for the Francesco Vinas (Barcelona, Spain) and Munich International competitions. She earned her degree in accompanying and has completed post-graduate studies in opera coaching/conducting at the University of Southern California.

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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NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Tse is pronounced "cheh."