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Release: Nov. 15, 2001

Saxophonist Joseph Wytko brings his 'charm and savoir-faire' to Clapp Recital Hall Nov. 28

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Saxophonist Joseph Wytko, who has been hailed for his "effortless precision, charm and savoir-faire" by the New York Times, will present a solo recital as a guest of the University of Iowa School of Music, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Clapp Recital Hall.

Appearing with Wytko will be pianist Rose Chancler. Their performance will be free and open to the public.

Wytko will perform a variety of concert works for saxophone: the "Psalm" for solo saxophone by Brent Weaver, "Elegia" (Elegy) by Maciej Malecki, "Tableaux de Provence" (Pictures of Provence) by Paule Maurice, "The Seventh Healing Song of John Joseph (Blue)" by James DeMars and "Scaramouche" by Darius Milhaud. He will open the program with an arrangement of a Serenade by Franz Schubert.

Wytko is currently professor of saxophone at Arizona State University, an artist-clinician with the Selmer Company and saxophonist with the Phoenix Symphony. He has performed solo recitals in Carnegie Recital Hall, San Francisco's Herbst Theater and the Paris Conservatory, and as soloist with orchestras in the United States, Europe and Mexico.

Wytko has received rave reviews from critics and his fellow musicians around the world. The Mesa (Ariz.) Tribune described him as "A phenomenal musician," and El Porvenir in Monterrey, Mexico, praised his "complete command of the instrument and inherent sense of musical style." Saxophone Journal stated that "Wytko's performance is authoritative and definitive," and Saxophone Symposium wrote, "Wytko plays with assured technical mastery, and his interpretation shows perception and depth."

Composers have been especially enthusiastic about Wytko's performances of their scores. Leslie Basset wrote that Wytko's performance of his "Music for Saxophone" was "nothing short of superb," adding, "I have never heard it more sensitively played, not with more control and beauty of tone," and Karel Husa called Wytko's recording of his "Elegie et Rondeau" "a magnificent treat."

Wytko has recorded for the Brewster, Orion, TimeGrabber, Digital and ACA Digital recording labels. His compact discs have been featured on United Airlines and America West airlines' in-flight audio entertainment.

Chancler has performed throughout the United States as both a soloist and a collaborative artist. She has played concertos and recitals in Alaska, New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, California, Oklahoma and Massachusetts. She has played chamber music performances with notable artists, including Paul Rosenthal, Jeffrey Solow and Harvey Pittel. She has been an invited guest artist and teacher at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and at Magisterra!, the first UI International Chamber Music Festival and Academy in May, 2000.

She has held teaching positions at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and the Baylor University School of Music, and she has been faculty accompanist at the Chautauqua Institution. She holds a bachelor's degree in piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and masters and doctoral degrees in piano performance and literature from the Eastman School in Rochester, NY. At Eastman her teacher was Rebecca Penneys, who was guest of the UI Piano Festival in 1999.

Wytko's appearance at the UI is made possible in part by the Selmer Company.

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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