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April 16, 2004

Sax Ensemble Plays Arrangements From Bach Chorale To Circus March April 27

The University of Iowa Saxophone Ensemble and visiting artist Michael Duke from Simpson College in Indianola will present a free concert of music from J.S. Bach to Iowa's Karl King at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 27 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The UI Saxophone Ensemble is directed by Kenneth Tse, professor of saxophone in the School of Music. Comprising 14 students in the UI School of Music, the group covers the full range from sopranino saxophone to bass saxophone, and plays original works for saxophone as well as arrangements, giving the students an opportunity to perform a wide variety of styles and periods of music.

The eclectic program for the April 27 concert will be:
-- Fanfare from "La Peri" by Paul Dukas, arranged for saxophones by Ronald L. Caravan;
-- Giovanni Gabrieli's "Canzona XV," arranged by Jean-Marie Londeix;
-- "Midnight Passacaglia" for saxophone ensemble by Jay Vosk;
-- Jacques Ibert's "Concertino da camera" (Little chamber concerto) for solo saxophone and orchestra, arranged by Londeix and performed with Duke as soloist;
-- "Jupiter" from "The Planets" by Gustav Holst, arranged by Richard E. Jensen;
-- "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" by J.S. Bach, arranged by John Worley;
-- "Ballet" from "Petite Suite" for piano by Claude Debussy, arranged by Worley;
-- "Pagliacci Swings," based on Ruggiero Leoncavallo's opera "I Pagliacci" (The clowns,), as arranged by Lennie Niehaus; and
-- "Barnum and Bailey's Favorite," a popular circus march by Iowa native Karl King, arranged by the director of the Hawkeye Marching band, Kevin Kastens.

Tse is excited about presenting the concert with Duke, who is a friend from college, and about the opportunity for his students to perform in Clapp Recital Hall. "Normally, small ensemble concerts are presented in Harper Hall," he explained. "I'm delighted we were allowed to hold this concert in Clapp Recital Hall after the great success of our last concert, which filled Harper.

"It is wonderful that my friend Michael Duke is able to join us for this concert; I met him when we were both studying at Indiana University. He will be performing a wonderful arrangement of the Ibert Concertino. I also appreciate my colleague Kevin Kastens' wonderful gift of the Karl King march arrangement. It is a stunning realization for the saxophone ensemble.

"I believe the audience will love the diversity in the program. I invite everyone to pack Clapp Recital Hall! And just to give a teaser for the concert, the saxophonists will be surrounding you from the beginning!"

Born in Melbourne Australia, Duke completed his bachelor's degree with honors at Melbourne University's Victorian College of the Arts, and a master's degree from Indiana University, where he studied with UI alumnus and with Distinguished Professor of Saxophone Eugene Rousseau. Duke is currently completing a doctorate at Indiana with minors in music theory and jazz studies.

Throughout the United States and abroad Duke has an extensive performance career. In addition to performing with various chamber ensembles and bands he has performed in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony, the Victorian State Opera, the Australian Philharmonic and Pops Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. In the United States he has performed with the Owensboro (Kentucky) Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus (Indiana) Philharmonic, the Indiana University Concert Orchestra and the Indiana University Chamber Orchestra. In the spring of 2002 he was chosen as the winner of the Indiana University Woodwind Concerto Competition, performing Ibert's "Concertino da camera."

Duke performed at the 12th World Saxophone Congress in Montreal, Canada, in June 2000 and at the 2002 North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference in Denton, Tex. As well as teaching an extensive private studio, Duke is an active clinician and tutor. He was invited to participate at the 2002 Australian National Band and Orchestra Clinic in Perth, Australia.

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.

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

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