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Feb. 7, 2003

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Guest Saxophonists Will Present Recital And Master Class Feb. 18

William H. Street, internationally known as a performer and teacher of saxophone, will present a free University of Iowa guest recital with pianist Roger Admiral at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

In conjunction with the recital by Street and Admiral, French saxophonist Jean-Marie Londeix will present a public master class with students from the UI School of Music at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building.

For the 8 p.m. recital, Street and Admiral will play several works from the contemporary concert repertoire for the saxophone: "Sonate in Jazz" (Jazz sonata) composed in 1959 by Werner Heider; "Six Pieces Musicales d'Etudes" (Six musical study pieces) composed in 1954 by Raymond Gallois-Montbrun; "Cinq Pieces en forme de Musique" (Five pieces in the form of music), op 19, composed in 1960 by Pierre-Philippe Bauzin; "Tour de France," not about the bicycle race but a tour of the 20th-century French musical scene composed in 1990 by Alfred Joel Fisher; and the Sonata of 1970 by Edison Vasilievitch Denisov.

In addition, each will play a piece alone. Street will play "Balafon" for solo saxophone by Christian Lauba, written this past year; and Admiral will play six pieces from the Preludes, Book II, by Howard Bashaw, written in 2000.

The winner of many awards including France's highest recognition of excellence in music performance and teaching, Street has earned worldwide respect. He holds degrees from Northwestern University, the Conservatoire Nationale de Bordeaux, France, and the Catholic University of America.

A member of the Bro-Street Duo and the Ensemble International de Saxophones de Bordeaux, Street was also a member of the Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Frederick Hemke saxophone quartets, In 1988 he joined the University of Alberta (Canada) Department of Music, where he teaches as saxophone instructor, chamber music coach and director of the University Concert Band.

He has appeared as recitalist, conductor and soloist with orchestras and bands throughout Europe, Central and North America and Asia and can be heard on numerous compact disc recordings. His recent CD recording of "Tre Vie," Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra by Malcolm Forsyth with Grzegorz Nowak and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, was nominated for a 1999 Juno award. He has also recorded a CD of 20th-century music for saxophone and piano with pianist Roger Admiral. His recitals and concerts are frequently broadcast on programs of the CBC radio stations.

Street has served as a jury member for international competitions in France, the Russian Federation and the United States. He served as President of the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) from 1992-1994 and has represented Canada at music conferences in France, Japan, Italy, the Russian Federation, Spain and the United States. As scholar and teacher as well as a performer, he has published articles and reviews, along with English translations of major works on the saxophone that were originally published in French.

Canadian pianist Roger Admiral graduated with a doctoral degree from the University of Alberta. His repertoire extends from the music of J. S. Bach to the music of today, with a particular focus on contemporary works. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, and performs in Canada, the United States and Europe, most recently playing solo recitals in Poland. He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Alberta and the King's University College of Alberta.

According to the Washington Post, Londeix is "the most revered of French saxophonists, (who) has made the Bordeaux Conservatory the world's leading center of saxophone studies." He has performed more than 600 times as a concert soloist in cities around the world, and has presented the first saxophone concerts and recitals in many of the world's concert halls. He has been frequently recorded and has 13 LPs and six CDs to his credit. More than 100 new works for saxophone have been written for and dedicated to him, and more than 130 foreign students have traveled from around the globe to study with him at the Bordeaux Conservatory, among them 47 Americans.

Londeix is frequently invited to teach in the conservatories and universities of Europe, Japan, the United States, Russia, Canada and Scandinavia. He has been elected by his peers as honorary president of the Association of Saxophonists of France (ASAFRA) and president of the International Saxophone Committee of the World Saxophone Congress.

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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