September 25, 2017
The Texas Tech University School of Music will host a faculty recital at 8 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 27) in Hemmle Recital Hall. The flexible character of the saxophone will be demonstrated throughout the performance as professor of saxophone and Texas Tech Teaching Academy member David Dees joins forces with both faculty and graduate students for a program of varied chamber combinations.
The program will include two of the most widely recognized works for alto saxophone and piano: Paul Creston’s “Sonata for Saxophone and Piano” and William Albright’s “Sonata.” School of Music collaborative pianist NataliyaSukhina will perform for both sonatas.
The program will include a special version of Renaissance composer Johannes Ockeghem’s “Alma Redemtoris Mater,” a choral piece adapted for a saxophone quartet by Texas Tech saxophone studio alumnus Benjamin Robinette. Saxophone graduate students Tony Guzman, Ryan Hill and Andrew Schoen will join Dees for the piece.
The program’s faculty collaborators include assistant professor of viola Kimberly Sparr and assistant professor of trumpet Andrew Stetson. Sparr will perform on the recently composed “Kugelblitz” for unaccompanied viola and saxophone, and Stetson will join Dees and Sukhina for Jean Rivier’s “Concerto for Alto Saxophone and C Trumpet.”
The concert is free and open to the public.
The School of Music is part of the J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts.
With more than 500 students, the size is ideal for creating larger ensembles as well as ensuring individual attention with private study.
Faculty includes a performing specialist on all band and orchestral instruments as well as piano, voice, organ, harp and guitar, and specialists in conducting, composition, electronic music, music education, musicology, world music and music theory.