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April 2, 2004

Saxophonist Kenneth Tse Presents Recital April 15 At UI

Kenneth Tse, the extremely active saxophonist on the faculty of the University of Iowa School of Music, will be joined by a number of his faculty colleagues for a concert showcasing the saxophone in chamber ensembles at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 15 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Now in his second year on the UI faculty, Tse has been an extraordinarily active performer. He has given solo recitals and performed on chamber concerts with other faculty, and in the past year he has been featured as soloist with the University Symphony, the Center for New Music and the UI Concert Band.

On April 4 he will assist on a concert by the Iowa Woodwind Quintet, a faculty ensemble, and on April 12 he will be soloist with the Symphony Band and conductor Myron Welch, performing the world premiere of a new concerto commissioned specifically for Tse through a UI Arts and Humanities Initiative grant.

To open the April 15 concert, Tse and the Iowa Woodwind Quintet will play "Printemps" (Spring) for wind sextet by Henri Tomasi.

With violist Christine Rutledge and pianist Rene Lecuona, Tse will play Walter Hartley's "Lyric Suite" for viola, tenor saxophone, and piano.

Organist Delbert Disselhorst will assist Tse in a performance of the "Rapsodie" for alto saxophone and organ, op. 108a, by Paul Creston.

"As hectic as it is during the spring semester, I always try to give a chamber music recital," Tse said. "I am very privileged to have all these wonderful faculty performing with me. Obviously, it is a challenge trying to schedule rehearsals but all the colleagues involved have been extremely flexible and kind, which makes collaboration a joy. I would like to thank them for their hard work, and I hope the audience will enjoy the variety of instrumentations and styles.

To close the concert, four of Tse's students -- Tim Owen, alto saxophone; Gina Cole, alto saxophone; Scott Sandberg, tenor saxophone; and Jeff Emerich, baritone saxophone -- will join their teacher for "Prelude and Passacaglia" for saxophone quintet by Harry Gee and "Tsunagari" for solo soprano saxophone and saxophone quartet by David Kechley.

"Four of my graduate students will be leaving this spring, and I thought it would be a pleasure to perform with them in Clapp Recital Hall," Tse said. "Most students do not have the opportunity to perform there often. One of the graduating students, Jason Diefenbaugh, is unable to join us, but doctoral student Jeff Emerich will assist us instead.

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 was recently a featured performer at the XIII World Saxophone Congress. He has solo compact disc recordings on Crystal Records, RIAX Records, and Enharmonic Records.

More information about Tse is available on his Web site, at http://

The Iowa Woodwind Quintet has been in existence at the UI School of Music since about 1932. Its current members -- Tamara Thweatt, flute; Mark Weiger, oboe; Maurita Murphy Mead, clarinet; Kristin Thelander, horn; and Benjamin Coelho, bassoon -- are all members of the UI School of Music faculty.

Thweatt came to the UI in 2003. She was a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 2000-2002 and has also performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and many regional ensembles. She has studied the Baroque flute and has performed the solo flute part in Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with the Michigan Chamber Players. She also enjoys chamber music of all styles and periods, and has performed George Crumb's "Vox Balaenae" (The voice of the whale) at Interlochen, Mich.

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. He has recorded for the CRS, Crystal, Chandos and Centaur CD labels.

Mead has performed by invitation at International Clarinet Association conferences, the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, the Southeastern Clarinet Workshop and the conference of the College Band Directors National Association. She has been principal clarinet of several midwestern orchestras, including the Cedar Rapids Symphony. As a chamber musician she has appeared with the Cleveland Quartet and other ensembles. She had made several recordings, including two CDs of Brazilian choros with pianist Rafael Dos Santos, a UI alumnus.

Thelander joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in 1989 and was elected director of the School of Music in 2000. Active as soloist and chamber musician, she has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, South Korea and the People's Republic of China. As a guest artist she performed a solo with the Chinese National Opera Orchestra for the opening concert of the International Horn Symposium held in Beijing in July, 2000. During the summer she performs with the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Ore.

Benjamin 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. He has played with the Orquestra Sinfonica do Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro and the Grupo de Musica Contemporanea of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He taught bassoon at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte in Brazil, where he served as the elected vice-dean of the School of Music.

Rutledge joined the UI faculty in 1998. She had previously been a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame, where she also played with the Notre Dame String Trio. She is a graduate of the UI School of Music, where she studied with William Preucil. She has appeared as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player throughout the United States and abroad. Her solo performances have included those before her professional peers at the 23rd International Viola Congress in Bloomington, Ind., the 24th Congress in Germany, the 28th Congress in Sweden and the 31st Congress in Germany. She is the former assistant principal viola of the Louisville Orchestra and violist of the Ceruti Chamber Players and the Kentucky Center Chamber Players.

Disselhorst has been a member of the UI School of Music faculty since 1970. He holds both bachelors and masters degrees in music from the University of Illinois, where he graduated as a Bronze Tablet Scholar. As a recipient of a Fulbright grant in organ, he also studied at the Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik in Frankfurt, Germany. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan. As a concert artist, Disselhorst has performed in the United States, Canada and Europe. He has appeared as a recitalist for several regional conventions and for the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Houston, Texas, in 1989. He has recorded the Organ Books of Ned Rorem and "Prophesies" by Daniel Pinkham on the Arkay Label.

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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