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Jan. 20, 2005

John Vana Plays Guest Saxophone Recital At UI Feb. 3

Saxophonist John Vana, a faculty member at Western Illinois University, will present a recital as a guest of the University of Iowa School of Music at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

Vana will be accompanied by pianist Jenny Perron, a faculty colleague at Western Illinois. Their guest recital will be free and open to the public.

There will be five works on the program: the Sonata from 1937 by Bernhard Heiden; "Seeing Those Hours," composed in 2004 by Paul Paccione; Sonatas by Robert Muczynski and Harold Levin; and "Two Fantastics" by Jeno Takacs.

Vana earned a master's degree in saxophone performance from the University of Michigan, where he earned the Larry Teal Memorial Scholarship and served as a teaching assistant and visiting faculty. He has recorded for composer William Albright and with the San Francisco Quartet, of which he is a former member. He has been in residence with the Prism Quartet. He has presented recitals and master classes at the New England Conservatory, the University of North Texas, McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and the National Taiwan College of Arts in Taipei, Taiwan.

Vana has presented world premieres of works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison, Prix de Rome Prize-winning composer Larry Thomas Bell, Ball State University faculty member Harold Levin and noted composer/jazz historian Gunther Schuller.

Perron obtained her bachelor's degree from McGill University, her master's degree from the University of Montreal and her doctorate from the Eastman School of Music. She has performed extensively both in Canada and the United States. Her recitals have been broadcast on Radio-Canada and National Public Radio. She has worked as a collaborative artist with several renowned teachers at the Eastman School of Music and for competitions in the United States, Canada and France. She has received scholarships and prizes from Le Conseil des Arts du Quebec, the Canadian Music Competition, the Quartet Program at Bucknell University, Le Centre d'Arts Orford, McGill University and the Eastman School of Music.

Recent concert venues for the duo of Vana and Perron include Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and the National Taiwan College of Arts in Taipei, Taiwan.

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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