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April 21, 2011

UI benefit event will launch public fundraising for a new music building

Internationally renowned saxophonist Eugene Rousseau, an alumnus of the University of Iowa School of Music, will return to headline a benefit event to launch public fundraising for a new music building at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, in the Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St. in downtown Iowa City.

The Voxman Music Building was abandoned after it was heavily damaged by the 2008 Iowa River flood, and the School of Music is now operating out of several temporary locations.

Rousseau, who received a UI Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1998, will perform with both student and faculty classical ensembles during the first half of the concert, featuring works by Hindemith, Beethoven and Heiden.

The second half will feature Rousseau on saxophone and clarinet with the Johnson County Landmark jazz band under the direction of John Rapson. Selections will include the standards "'Round Midnight," "Body and Soul," "Harlem Nocturne" and "Woodchoppers' Ball."

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.

He has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras throughout the world, including the Minnesota Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin, the Indianapolis Symphony under Raymond Leppard and Phillpe Entremont, the BBC Orchestra of London, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the Prague Symphony, the Janá?ek Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, the Kansai Philharmonic of Osaka, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra and the Austrian Radio Orchestra.

His performances have been heard on NPR's "Performance Today" and "Adventures in Good Music" with Karl Haas, and he has been interviewed on NPR's "Morning Edition." His many CDs include collaborations with the New Budapest Quartet, the Zagreb Saxophone Quartet and the Haydn Trio of Vienna.

In addition to a long tenure at Indiana University, where he is a distinguished professor emeritus, his teaching has included 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, he was named honorary professor at the Instituto Braga (Italy). He was named McKay Artist in Residence at the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music in 2007, and he is now a member of the artist faculty at the University of Minnesota.

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 was co-founder in 1969 of the World Saxophone Congress and has served as president of that 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.

Tickets are $25; $10 youth 17 and younger; $5 UI student with a valid UI ID. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit

The proceeds from this concert will only be used to fund the non-Federal share of the project cost or for project improvements and will not be used to duplicate any benefit under the Public Assistance Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. If any gift is associated with any naming recognition at a specific gift level, the naming is not any indication that the funds were used to construct any specific space or portion of space in the building, but is a recognition naming opportunity for a certain level of gift.

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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