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Oct. 28, 2004

Tse Plays Recent Compositions On Saxophone Recital At UI Nov. 12

Kenneth Tse, a faculty member at the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free recital of concert music for alto and soprano saxophone together with pianist Alan Huckleberry at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Because the saxophone emerged as a solo instrument in the 20th century, most of its concert repertoire is relatively recent. For this program, Tse will play several very recent works, and one that is just over 60 years old:

--"Fault Lines" composed in 1999 by Perry Goldstein.

--The Sonata for alto saxophone and piano from 1989-90, one of the final works of Czech composer Jindrich Feld.

--The senior work on the program, "Troiseme Chant Lyrique" for alto saxophone and piano from 1942 by Fernande Decruck.

--"Flying High" for alto saxophone solo, composed in 2003 by David Froom.

--"Sax de Voyage" for soprano saxophone and piano from 1995 by Jerome Naulais.

Tse commented on the newest pieces on his recital: "I recently met these two very talented composers from the East coast: David Froom and Perry Goldstein. Both have contributed quality compositions to the saxophone repertoire and I am happy that I could program both of their music in this recital. And both of them are currently writing trio music for saxophone, bassoon and piano for me, Benjamin Coelho, and Uriel Taschor (from the UI music faculty) for our recording project next spring."

On the other works on the recital, Tse noted: "I recorded the premiere recording of Feld's alto saxophone sonata almost nine years ago when I was in college. Since then I have not performed it too often, but it is my desire to bring it out again for the concert audience. Feld is one of the most important composers from the Czech Republic in our time.

"Pieces by Decruck are always delightful to listen to but unfortunately, most, if not all, of her music has been out of print for decades. I was able to obtain her music through inter-library loan.

"Prof. Huckleberry and I recently finished recording a CD of all soprano saxophone music. One of the pieces in it is Naulais' 'Sax de voyage,' which is a collection of different styles of music including java, tango, sicilienne, paso doble and others."

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, Ketty Nez 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." Fanfare magazine wrote, "Hong Kong-born Kenneth Tse is of the caliber of instrumentalists whose very sound is captivating," and American Record Guide added "supremely elegant tone (and) sheer virtuosity."

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. Tse has released four commercial solo recordings and is working on a soprano saxophone recording and a trio CD with bassoon and piano. He is currently the membership director for the North American Saxophone Alliance.

Tse studied at Indiana University with the internationally acclaimed American artist and UI graduate Eugene Rousseau, who called Tse "a brilliant saxophonist," and "worthy of any stage in the world." French saxophone master Jean-Marie Londeix praised his playing, saying "I appreciate particularly the quality of the tone, the perfect tuning and the musical intelligence."

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

Huckleberry is an active solo pianist and chamber musician. He has performed both in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in Germany, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Spain, France and the United States. He is also a prizewinner of numerous national and international piano competitions, including the first prizes in the German National Competition and the University of Michigan concerto competition.

As a chamber musician Huckleberry was the featured pianist at flutist Amy Porter's 2003 summer workshop at the University of Michigan. For the past three summers he has been the faculty chamber music coordinator and faculty pianist for the University of Michigan's All-State program at Interlochen. Prior to his appointment this fall at the UI, Huckleberry taught at the Cologne Conservatory in Germany, the University of Michigan, and at Albion College in Michigan.

A proponent of contemporary music, Huckleberry has worked extensively with composers Bright Sheng, Michael Torke, Carter Pann, Evan Chambers, John Berners, and Tom Schnauber. A collaboration with the German radio station WDR in Cologne, led to a compact disc recording of American "crossover" music, which includes works of William Bolcom, William Albright, Pann, Berners, and Schnauber. Most recently Huckleberry was invited to perform at "Criss Cross: Conversations about America's Music."

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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