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Release:Oct. 4, 2002
(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Tse is pronounced CHAY. Chancler is pronounced CHAN-suh-ler.)
NEW SAXOPHONE FACULTY MEMBER AT UI WILL GIVE DEBUT RECITAL OCT. 17
Kenneth Tse, who joined the faculty of the University of Iowa School of Music
in August, will perform two works written for him as part of his UI faculty
debut recital program, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 in Clapp Recital Hall on
the UI campus.
Tses recital, with pianist Rose Chancler, will be free and open to
The pieces written for Tse are both sonatas for alto saxophone and piano,
one each by American composers John Cheetham and David DeBoor Canfield. Other
works on the program are Lamento et Rondo by Pierre Sancan; Holy
Roller by Libby Larsen; Caprice en forme de valse (Caprice
in the form of a waltz) for unaccompanied saxophone by Paul Bonneau; Klonos
by Piet Swerts; and arrangements of the Chants dAuvergne
(Songs from the Auvergne region) by Joseph Canteloube, arranged for alto and
soprano sax and piano by Ito Yasuhide.
Although this will be Tses first recital as UI faculty, it is not his
first appearance in Iowa. In 1996 he played a recital and presented a master
class at Simpson College, in 1998 he played a guest recital at the UI, and
in 2000 he appeared as soloist with the Des Moines Symphony. The change in
status to faculty artist, he said, doesnt change his approach to the
I always like to connect with the audience, Tse said. I
just want them to enjoy the music. It doesnt really matter who the audience
Nevertheless, Tse feels that it is important the he will be the first full-time,
permanent faculty in saxophone performance at the UI School of Music. I
am thankful for the universitys support, and I hope this will help gain
recognition for classical saxophone in this region, he said.
In America, he noted, saxophone is regarded as a jazz and pop instrument
-- although jazz is a style that can be played by any instruments, from
steel drums to strings, he said. The saxophone was invented in
France in the 19th century as a classical instrument, for military bands and
orchestras, so that was its original use. It was not until the 1920s that
it was used for dance bands and big bands in America.
Three of the pieces on the Oct. 17 program -- the pieces by Cheetham and
Canfield that were written for Tse, plus the piece by Larsen -- were included
on a CD that Tse recently recorded for Crystal records.
Cheetham, who is well known as a composer for brass instruments and concert
bands, recently retired from the University of Missouri, where Tse has also
taught. Tse asked him to write a piece for saxophone.
One of his concerns was not to write something that only a few professionals
could play, Tse said. He always said he is a very practical composer
who writes practical music, and he wanted something that was accessible to
both the performer and the audience. Since this is not a terribly difficult
piece, I hope that it will become a standard piece for saxophonists to play.
Canfield heard Tse perform when he was a student at Indiana University and
wanted to write for him. He personalized the score in several ways: making
a theme out of the letters of Tses last name, which, using a system
of musical symbols turned into the notes C-E-flat, E natural, and including
a variation on one of Tses favorite hymn tunes, Great is thy Faithfulness.
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.
Upon his 1996 Carnegie Hall debut, the New York Times heralded Tse as a
young virtuoso and the Herald Times described his playing as virtuosic
brilliance with a beauteous, ever-so-smooth voice. A Saxophone
Journal article observed, Every aspect of saxophone performance has
been refined to the nth degree: His ability to bring out the lyricism
of any line no matter how active or convoluted is breath taking.
Tse studied at Indiana University with the internationally acclaimed American
artist and teacher Eugene Rousseau, who is a UI graduate. He has appeared
as a soloist with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia,
Indiana University Wind Ensemble, Baylor University Wind Ensemble, Emory University
Wind Ensemble, Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony and Des Moines Symphony, among
others. He has solo compact disc recordings on Crystal Records, RIAX Records,
and Enharmonic Records. He is currently the membership director for the North
American Saxophone Alliance.
More information about Tse is available on his web page, < http://
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.
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