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Sept. 23, 2005

Kenneth Tse Will Play French And American Music For Saxophone Oct. 8

Saxophonist Kenneth Tse and pianist Alan Huckleberry, both from the faculty of the University of Iowa School of Music, will collaborate for a free recital at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The first half of the program -- featuring three standard recital pieces for the saxophone from the French repertoire -- reflects the history of the instrument. Invented around 1840 by the Belgian instrument-maker Adolphe Sax, the saxophone was first developed as a reed instrument that was suitable for military bands.

As the saxophone became successful in Europe, the French conservatory system needed recital pieces for their students to perform. As a result, there is a significant body of music for saxophone written by French composers, extending through the 20th century.

Tse has chosen three French concert pieces from the 1960s and '70s: the Divertimento by Roger Boutry, composed in 1964; the Rhapsodie by Lucie Robert, composed in 1977; and the Sonatine Boculique (Bucolic Sonatina) by Henri Sauguet, composed in 1964.

Of course, the saxophone was equally successful in the United States, as it found its place in jazz, Broadway and the professional studio, as well as the concert stage. The major work for the second half of the program is an American piece, the 1984 Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano by William Albright, which Tse describes as "one of the most difficult sonatas in the saxophone repertoire."

The final piece on the program will be "Madrid Inspiration," a medley of famous Spanish piano pieces arranged by Japanese arranger Masanori Kato.

The day after the UI performance, Tse and Huckleberry will take the same program on tour to Texas, where they will perform and give master classes at the University of North Texas, Baylor University, and Texas Tech University.

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. Most recently, he was guest professor at the Seventh Faenza International Saxophone Festival in Italy; gave a recital at XingHai Concert Hall in GuangZhou, China; played a solo performance with Eugene Rousseau and the UI Symphony Band at the Iowa Bandmasters Association conference in Des Moines; was featured artist at the Melbourne International Single Reed Festival in Australia and guest clinician at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Conference.

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." 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.

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 planning a soprano saxophone recording for spring 2006.

He is currently the membership director for the North American Saxophone Alliance. His articles have been featured in the Saxophone Journal, Iowa Bandmaster Association Journal and Yamaha Education Series.

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

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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OTHER INFORMATION: Tse is pronounced "chay"