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March 15, 2007

UI Saxophone Alumni Weekend Will Feature Public Events March 30-31

The Saxophone area of the University of Iowa School of Music and faculty member Kenneth Tse will present several public events as part of an alumni weekend, Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, in the Voxman Music Building.

The public events, to be held of Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building, will be free and open to the public:

--7 p.m. Friday, March 30, UI faculty and student recital.

--10 a.m. Saturday, March 31, master class by UI Distinguished Alumnus Eugene Rousseau.

--1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, concert by UI alumnus Andrew Brobston as a member of the Seven Corners Saxophone Quartet.

--2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, concert by the River Cities Saxophone Quartet with Tse and Rousseau.

The Friday concert includes mostly standard repertoire for the saxophone performed by graduate students. Tse will perform a duo by Bernhard Heiden with Mark Weiger on English horn, an unpublished piece that is unknown to many. The UI Graduate Saxophone Quartet will join Tse in performing the "Carmen Fantasy" by François Borne, an arrangement from the flute version.

The complete program will be:

--"Caprice en forme de valse" (Caprice in the form of a waltz) by Paul Bonneau, performed by Katie Leiting, alto saxophone.

--"Elegie et Rondeau" by Karel Husa, performed by Gina Cole, alto saxophone, and Catalina Teican, piano.

--"Brilliance" by Ida Gotkovsky, performed by Mikiko Kanemitsu, alto saxophone, and Lev Ryabinin, piano.

--Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano by David Maslanka, performed by Jason Laczkoski, alto saxophone with pianist Dennis Eppich, a member of the local community.

--Heiden's Duo for English Horn and Alto Saxophone performed by Weiger and Tse.

--Borne's "Fantaisie Brillante sur des thèmes de Carmen" (Brilliant fantasy on themes from "Carmen"), performed by Tse with Cole, soprano saxophone, Kanemitsu, alto saxophone, Laczkoski, tenor saxophone, and Marc Graham, baritone saxophone.

Rousseau's master class on Saturday will feature performances by UI saxophone students, including performers from the Friday evening concert. Rousseau will offer a critique of the performances. The public is invited to observe the master class free of charge.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, the Seven Corners Saxophone Quartet -- Brobson on baritone saxophone with Andrew Duren, soprano saxophone; Ricardo Martinez, alto saxophone; and Markus Hahn, tenor saxophone -- and guest artist Alison Dromgold, tenor saxophone, will perform "Rythmes lyriques" (Lyric rhythms) by Lucie Robert, the Andante and Scherzo by Eugène Bozza, Quartet, op. 109, by Aleksandr Glazunov, and an arrangement of Radiohead's "Paranoid Android."

The River Cities Saxophone Quartet, performing at 2 p.m. Saturday, comprises Bruce Western, soprano saxophone; Ronald Tyree, alto saxophone; Mark Logan, tenor saxophone; and Dane Marolf, baritone saxophone. Western, Logan and Marolf are UI alumni and Tyree is a former faculty member in the School of Music.

The eclectic program will feature six pieces by the quartet:

--Andante et Scherzo by Eugène Bozza.

--"Stepping Out with Heraclitus" by John Christian Rommeriem.

--"Histoire du Tango" (History of the Tango) by Astor Piazzolla.

--Stepping Out" by David Kechley.

--An arrangement of the well-known "Clair de Lune" from the "Suite Bergamasque" by Claude Debussy.

--"Trains, Steam Whistles and Radiator Pipes" by Jay Anthony Gach.

On the same program, Rousseau and Tse will perform the "Konzertstück"(Concert piece) by Paul Hindemith. They will also share a performance of the well-known virtuoso showpiece "Carnival of Venice" by Jules Demersseman, arranged and edited by Fred Hemke, accompanied by pianist Jung-Ok Lee. And finally, Rouseeau and the quartet will perform several American classics, to be announced from the stage.

Rousseau has performed across America and on five continents. He was the first to give solo saxophone recitals in Paris, Berlin, Vienna, London and Amsterdam. In addition to his long tenure at Indiana University, his teaching includes guest professorships and master classes throughout the world, including the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, the Paris Conservatory and a yearly course at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 1993 he was awarded the rank of honorary professor at the Prague Conservatory, and in 2001 was named honorary professor at the Instituto Braga (Italy).

Rousseau served for 25 years as chief consultant to the Yamaha Corporation for research and development of saxophones and has devoted much of his research to the artistic and acoustic characteristics of saxophone mouthpieces. He is co-founder of the World Saxophone Congress (1969) and has served as president of this organization and of the Comite International du Saxophone. His publications include scholarly works, arrangements of music and pedagogical works, many of which have also been published in French, Japanese and German.

He has received a Fulbright Grant, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Edwin Franko Goldman Award. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the UI in 1998.

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. For more information, see or

Before his retirement, Ronald Tyree taught both bassoon and saxophone at the UI School of Music. He was a member of the Iowa Woodwind Quintet and principal bassoon of the Quad-City Symphony. He has appeared as guest soloist with the Dubuque Symphony, the Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Quad City Symphony and the University Symphony. Tyree is known worldwide for his editions of previously unknown or unavailable music for bassoon and saxophone.

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