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Oct. 26, 2007

Tse will present two new works written for him at Nov. 5 faculty recital

Kenneth Tse, saxophone professor at the University of Iowa School of Music, will perform Midwest premieres of two works written for him, at a faculty recital with pianist Marian Lee at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The recital, which will also feature a guest string quartet from the University of Minnesota, is free and open to the public.

The new works written specifically for Tse are the Sonata for soprano saxophone and piano by David DeBoor Canfield and the Quintet for alto saxophone and string quartet by Perry Goldstein, both completed this year. For the Goldstein performance, Tse will be joined by violinists Kai-Li Cheng and Yi-Ming Chen, violist Kristi Petrabord, and cellist Geoff Anderson.

"The Soprano Saxophone Sonata by Canfield is the second in the series of sonata planned for me," Tse said. "He plans to write a sonata for each of the four commonly used saxophone voices -- soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone. The first one was the Alto Saxophone Sonata written in 2000, which I have recorded on Crystal Records.

"Other pieces he dedicated to me include 'Le Petit Duo' for alto saxophone and clarinet from 2001 and 'Martyrs for the Faith -- A Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Symphonic Winds' from 2003. The next sonata will be for baritone saxophone and piano.

"Perry Goldstein is a prolific composer for the saxophone and I am honored to have a piece written for me by him."

An alumnus of Indiana University, Canfield is composer-in-residence of the Bloomington, Ind. Pops Orchestra. Read more about him on his Web page, Goldstein is director of undergraduate studies and musicianship, composition and theory at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His bio is available online at

Other works on the recital, performed with Lee, will be Two Preludes by Dorothy Chang, the Sonata No. 1 for alto saxophone and piano by Pierre-Philippe Bauzin and "La Ronde des Lutins" (The dance of the goblins) by Antonio Bazzini.

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

Lee has appeared as recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician in Western Europe, the former Soviet Union, South America, Asia, as well as in major cities throughout the United States. For a more information see

Members of the guest quartet are all current or recent students at the University of Minnesota. Cheng, Chen and Petraborg are all participating in or recently graduated from the doctoral program, while Anderson recently returned to Minnesota for undergraduate studies in music after completing a bachelor's degree in mathematics at Harvard.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at

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