Dr. Brent Weber and Dr. Jay DeWire to Perform in Faculty Artist Series Concert

Dr. Brent Weber and Dr. Jay DeWire to Perform in Faculty Artist Series Concert

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FSU’s Department of Music will present Dr. Brent Weber and Dr. Jay DeWire in a Faculty Artist Series production, “Devil’s Horn,” on Friday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. Weber will play the saxophone and DeWire, the piano. This event is free and open to the public.

Weber and DeWire will perform “Sonata for E-flat Alto Saxophone and Piano, Op. 19” by Paul Creston; “Rapsodie pour orchestre et saxophone” by Claude Debussy, arranged for saxophone and piano by Eugene Rousseau; “Concerto en Mib pour Saxophone Alto et Orchestre et Cordes, Op. 109” by Alexandre Glazounov; and “Scaramouche, Op. 165c” by Darius Milhaud.

“The Sonata for E-flat Alto Saxophone and Piano” is a standard recital piece for saxophone. This piece was completed in 1939 and first performed in February 1940 in New York by Cecil Leeson, who commissioned the sonata.

“Rapsodie pour orchestre et saxophone” remained unpublished and unperformed during Debussy’s lifetime. The piece was first performed in May 1919. The work has been described as a colorful sound impression with a single great melodic span.

“Concerto en Mib pour Saxophone Alto et Orchestre et Cordes, Op. 109” is the last of the five instrumental concertos by Glazunov. He composed it in 1934, inspired by the success of his quartet for saxophones. The work is dedicated to virtuoso saxophonist Sigurd Rascher.

“Scaramouche, Op. 165b” takes its name from the Théâtre Scaramouche, which specialized in productions aimed at children. It was composed in 1937, in time for the Paris Exposition. The bright, tumbling opening to “Vif” resembles an out-of-tune Parisian street piano. “Modéré” is graceful and understated, with a gentle, falling motion. “Brazileira” is like an outtake from Milhaud’s “Saudades do Brasil” of 1921.

Experienced in multiple genres of music from classical to jazz, rock ’n’ roll and beyond, Weber advocates versatility. His work with the contemporary jazz group Jake Mowrer Quartet featured him performing and recording throughout Northern Georgia. As a concert saxophonist, Weber is active with the North American Saxophone Alliance. As winner of the UGA Concerto Competition in 2009, he performed Ingolf Dahl’s “Concerto for Saxophone and Wind Ensemble.” In 2012, he was part of the 2012 Naxos release, “Street Song.” Weber is department chair and assistant professor of saxophone in FSU’s Department of Music where in addition to maintaining the saxophone and bassoon studios, he also coordinates the Jazz Studies program.

DeWire, a frequent solo performer and member of the West Shore Piano Trio, has appeared up and down the Eastern seaboard and is becoming known for his dynamic interpretations of 20th-century works and his “old world flair.” Recent performance highlights include The Kirchner Project, a tribute to Leon Kirchner and his music, and the Aspen Music Festival. DeWire has recorded three live performance solo CDs, including an all 20th-century concert that includes works by Ravel, Debussy, Bartok, Rzewski and Messiaen. He has also recorded an all-Brahms concert featuring the recently discovered Gavottes, which he arranged and completed for concert performance. DeWire is a lecturer at FSU.

For more information, contact the Department of Music at 301-687-4109.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

Tags: Arts And Entertainment

Posted By: Robyn Wilson, Town Planner Community Calendar

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Date: April 27, 2018
Time: 7:30pm -

Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, Maryland 21532

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