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April 1, 2005

April 11 Concert Will Introduce Music For Saxophone And Bassoon

The unusual chamber-music combination of bassoon, saxophone and piano will be explored in a University of Iowa faculty recital at 8 p.m. Monday, April 11 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The concert by bassoonist Benjamin Coelho, saxophonist Kenneth Tse and pianist Alan Huckleberry will be free and open to the public.

The concert features a world premiere and two completely new arrangements for the ensemble of bassoon, sax and piano, commissioned by Coelho. The same program will be repeated at the International Double Reed Society Conference June 4-8 in Austin, Tex., and subsequently recorded for release in the winter of 2005-06 on the AUR label.

The complete program will be:

-- "Trio Giocoso" by Jindrich Feld;

-- "Louder than Word" by Don Freund;

-- the first performance of the bassoon-saxophone-piano version of Bernard van Beurden's "Pas de trois" (originally for two saxophones and piano);

-- the world premiere of "Arirang Variations" by David Froom; and

-- the first performance of the bassoon-saxophone-piano version of Perry Goldstein's "Noir" (originally for saxophone, viola and piano).

"I'm always on the lookout for new repertoire," Coelho said. "The combination of bassoon with saxophone works particularly well as equal instruments that can play together with the piano. I have a great colleague here in Kenneth Tse, and we saw this as a great opportunity to commission some new works that we could play together, and that all bassoonists and saxophonists could benefit from in the future."

Born in 1925, Feld grew up in a musical family. Both his mother and father were violinists and his father was a renowned professor at the Prague Conservatory. After studying violin and viola, he graduated from the Prague Conservatory, then went on to earn a doctorate from Prague's Charles University with majors in musicology, aesthetics and philosophy. His compositional output has been enormous, covering a broad spectrum of media.

Freund has composed more than 100 works, from solo, chamber and orchestral music to pieces involving live performance with electronic instruments, and music for dance and large theatre works. He is also active as a pianist, conductor and lecturer. A professor of composition at the Indiana University School of Music since 1992, he has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, commissions including the Tennessee Arts Commission with Opera Memphis, and prizes including the Washington International String Quartet Composition Competition and the International Society for Contemporary Music/League of Composers International Piano Music Competition.

Van Beurden was born in 1933 and studied violin and viola at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music. In 1969 he founded the Muzisch LabA, a workshop for amateur musicians. During this period he also worked in radio, producing numerous programs on new music. In 1978 he was appointed professor at the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music. Since 1980 he has concentrated his efforts on composing and at present works exclusively as a composer with works in a wide range of genres: music for radio, television and theatre; as well as chamber, choral and orchestral music.

Froom was born in California in 1951. His music has been performed throughout the United States and in England, France, Germany, Italy and Holland. Among the many awards, grants and fellowships he has received are a Guggenheim Fellowship, commissions from the Fromm and Koussevitzky Foundations, the Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards First Prize, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Fulbright grant for study at Cambridge University, and fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Festival and the MacDowell Colony. He has taught at Baruch College, the Peabody Conservatory and, since 1989, St. Mary's College of Maryland, where he is professor in the music department.

Goldstein studied at the University of Illinois, UCLA and Columbia University, from which he received a doctorate in music composition in 1986. He has received commissions from Juilliard Quartet cellist Joel Krosnick and pianist Gilbert Kalish, the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet, Slagwerkgroep den Haag, HET Trio, violist John Graham, the Guild Trio and pianist Eliza Garth. His music has been performed throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe. A dedicated educator, he received the "Teacher of the Year Award in the Arts and Humanities" in 1987 from Wilmington College of Ohio and a 1997 "Chancellor's and President's Award for Excellence in Teaching" from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he has taught since 1992.

Coelho has worked extensively as performer and teacher of bassoon, in both the United States and his native Brazil. He was a founding member of the Manhattan Wind Quintet, with whom he played a sold-out concert in Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. The quintet won various chamber music competitions including Artists International, Coleman, and Monterey Peninsula chamber music competitions. As a soloist, Coelho has played recitals and concertos in Brazil, the United States, Canada, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Romania, Argentina, Bolivia, Australia and France.

In Brazil, Coelho has played principal bassoon with the Orquestra Sinfonica do Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, the Grupo de Musica Contemporanea of Minas Gerais and the Gramado Woodwind Quintet. He taught bassoon at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte in Brazil, where he served as the elected vice-dean of the School of Music.

Tse joined the UI faculty in the fall of 2002. 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."

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. Tse has released four commercial solo recordings and is working on a soprano saxophone recording and a trio CD with bassoon and piano. He is currently the membership director for the North American Saxophone Alliance.

More information about Tse is available on his Web page, at www.kenneth-tse.com.

Huckleberry is an active solo pianist and chamber musician. He has performed both in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in Germany, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Spain, France and the United States. He is also a prizewinner of numerous national and international piano competitions, including the first prizes in the German National Competition and the University of Michigan concerto competition.

As a chamber musician Huckleberry was the featured pianist at flutist Amy Porter's 2003 summer workshop at the University of Michigan. For the past three summers he has been the faculty chamber music coordinator and faculty pianist for the University of Michigan's All-State program at Interlochen. Prior to his appointment this fall at the UI, Huckleberry taught at the Cologne Conservatory in Germany, the University of Michigan, and at Albion College in Michigan.

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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