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Release: Oct. 19, 2001

Saxophonist Patrick Jones presents his first UI faculty recital Oct. 29

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Saxophonist Patrick Jones, a new visiting faculty member at the University of Iowa School of Music, will present his first UI faculty recital at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 in Clapp Recital Hall. Jones will perform with pianist Laura Loewen. Their recital will be free and open to the public.

Jones and Loewen will perform four works: "Hommage a Jaques Ibert" by Guy Lacour; the slow movement from Paul Creston's Concerto for Saxophone; the Sonata of Jindrich Feld; and the final movement from the Sonata of Edison Denisov.

Lacour studied music at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris, where he was awarded first prize in saxophone, under the direction of the legendary teacher Marcel Mule, as well as the first prize in chamber music. A self-taught composer, Lacour, has written many pieces for saxophone that exploit the instrument to its full potential.

His "Hommage a Jaques Ibert" for saxophone and chamber orchestra was inspired by Ibert's "Concertio da Camera for saxophone and chamber orchestra," which has become a standard part of the saxophone repertoire. Lacour imitates Ibert's basic compositional framework, right down to the orchestration. Lacour adds an augmented percussion section and gives the piece a personal style by basing it on a 12-tone structure.

Untrained in composition, Paul Creston had only a few piano and organ lessons. He first came to notice in 1940 with his First Symphony. It was followed by many orchestral, choral and instrumental works written in a brash, vital style marked by the use of long, florid melodies, thick harmonies and full orchestration. His Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra was written for American saxophonist Cecil Leeson.

Czech composer Jindrich Feld Studied violin with his father, and later studied composition at the Prague Conservatory and musicology at Charles University in Prague. He relied on traditional techniques in his earlier works, which are described as "neo-Baroque" in style, but later adapted more contemporary techniques including serialism.

Feld's Sonata for alto saxophone and piano was written for one of Jones' teachers, the American saxophonist Eugene Rousseau. The score calls for many 20th-century saxophone techniques, including multiphonics and key clicks, to elicit a wide range of tonal colors from the instrument.

Russian composer Edison Denisov was born in Siberia, where he studied mathematics and mechanics. Dmitri Shostakovich recognized Denisov's musical talent and helped him study at the Moscow Conservatory, where he currently teaches orchestration.. He became one of the first Soviet composers to follow the techniques of serial composition that were prominent in the music of Western Europe. He has produced a large output, ranging from his cantata "Sun of the Incas" and opera to chamber music.

His Saxophone Sonata incorporates a synthesis of Western music with Russian classical/folk music, as well as jazz influences, especially in the third movement.

A native of Idaho, Jones attended the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University and the University of Minnesota, where he is completing a doctorate in saxophone performance as a student of the distinguished artist-teacher Eugene Rousseau. Jones has received many honors and awards throughout his career. He has also performed internationally and given master classes around the United States. His experience includes both orchestral work and many jazz performances.

Loewen, a native of Winnipeg, Canada, has performed in concerts throughout Canada and in the United States. Her performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio's local and national programming. She currently lives in Minneapolis, where she is completing a doctorate in piano accompanying and coaching at the University of Minnesota. She is a resident artist at Minnesota Opera for the 2001-2002 season. In September she traveled to Munich where she collaborated with saxophone competitors in the 50th ARD International Music Competition.

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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