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Sept. 12, 2003

Saxophonist Steven Stusek Will Present UI Guest Recital Sept. 26

Steven Stusek, an assistant professor teaching saxophone at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will present a University of Iowa guest recital with pianist Elizabeth Loparits at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

Their performance will be free and open to the public.

Stusek has won a number awards in the United States and Europe during the past 20 years, including include the saxophone concerto competition at Indiana University in 1981, the Medaille d'Or (gold medal) in saxophone performance at the Conservatoire de la Region de Paris in 1984, the Vermont Council on the Arts prize for artistic excellence in 1993, selection as semi-finalist in the Concert Artists Guild Competition in 1995 and selection as finalist in the Nederlands Impressariaat Concours for ensembles in 1998.

A native of Wisconsin, Stusek holds degrees from Indiana University, Arizona State University and the Conservatoire de la Region de Paris, France. While in Paris, he was in the saxophone class of Daniel Deffayet at the Paris Conservatory. Stusek and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music will host the North American Saxophone Alliance biennial conference April 28 through May1, 2004.

For their UI guest recital, Stusek and Lopartis will play music spanning most of the history of the saxophone as a concert instrument, from the mid-19th century up to 2000. The complete program will be:
--"Fantasy on an Original Theme," composed in 1860 by Jules Demersseman;
--the Rhapsody of Claude Debussy from 1903;
--"Tantrum" by Stacy Garrop, the newest work on the program, written in 2000;
--"Balafon" from Nine Etudes, composed in 1992 by Christian Lauba;
--"Klonos from 1993 by Piet Swerts; and
--"Pequena Czardas," composed in 1982 by Pedro Itturalde.

Loparits is currently a doctoral piano student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received a master's degree in piano performance from Illinois State University and a diploma from the Teacher's Training Institute of the Franz Liszt Academy in Hungary. She won Second Prize in the 1995 National Bartok Competition in Hungary and in 2000 appeared as soloist with the North Carolina Symphony.

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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