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Oct. 31, 2008

Tse performs three world premieres on Nov. 14 UI recital

No fewer than three world premieres will be on the program when Kenneth Tse, professor of saxophone at the University of Iowa School of Music, presents a recital with pianist Jason Sifford at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in the Buchanan Auditorium of the UI Pappajohn Business Administration Building.

The recital will be free and open to the public.

Due to the closure of the Voxman Music Building following the record floods in June, the School of Music does not have access to its usual performance venues. Buchanan Auditorium in the Pappajohn Business Building will be one of several locations both on and off campus in Iowa City for performances during the current year.

All three world premieres are pieces that were written expressly for Tse: "Fisherman of the Fragrant Harbor" and the Sonata for baritone saxophone and piano by David DeBoor Canfield; and Duo for baritone saxophone and piano by Walter Hartley.

Other works on the program will be Sonatine for alto saxophone and piano by Claude Pascal, Sonata for alto saxophone and piano by Jindrich Feld, and "Vals Venezolano and Contradanza" (Venezuelan waltz and contradance) by Paquito D'Rivera.

Canfield has written several pieces for Tse. "I am honored to have a close relationship with him and be the dedicatee of his music," Tse said. "I premiered his concerto with wind ensemble at the World Saxophone Congress in Slovenia in 2006 and will once again premiere a new concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra July of 2009 in Bangkok at the XV World Saxophone Congress.

"'Fisherman of the Fragrant Harbor' is dedicated to me and in memory of my mother who passed away in 1999. The Chinese characters of 'Hong Kong' literally mean 'Fragrant Harbor.' The baritone saxophone sonata is third of the four saxophone sonatas that Canfield planned to write for me, one for each of the saxophone voices."

"Hartley's Duo is a personal gift from him. Since he liked my recording of his baritone saxophone sonata so much, he decided to write me a new piece for baritone. Hartley is one of the most prolific composers for the saxophone with almost 150 pieces written for the instrument."

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 visit or

A faculty member at Texas Tech University, Sifford plays repertoire that ranges from the French Baroque composer Jean-Philippe Rameau to the 20th-century's Luciano Berio, and he has a particular liking for the music of the early German romantics. He has taught at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the All-State Program at Interlochen and the Schoolcraft College Summer Music School in Livonia, Mich. For more information visit

As successful businessman as well as composer, Canfield presides over the world's largest mail-order business devoted to fine-art recordings and has created a universally recognized standard price guide for such products in all formats. Alongside this work, he continues to compose and has enjoyed numerous performances in the United States and Europe of the 50 compositions in his official catalogue. His personal home page is

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For more information visit

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