Posted on March 15, 2010
On March 27th I will perform a solo recital as part of the Watson Hall Recital Series at UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC. If you’re in there area, I hope you can make it. Here’s the information:
“Guided by Voices: Music for Bassoon Inspired by Song”
Music of Brahms, de Falla, Luigi Orselli and Philippe Hersant. With UNCSA faculty members Sheila Browne, viola and Karen Beres, piano along with guests Elizabeth Pacheco Rose, soprano and Rebecca Pacheco Mordo, piano.
- Philippe Hersant: Hopi for solo bassoon
- Brahms: Zwei Gesänge, Op.91
- Luigi Orselli: Reminiscenze su “La Traviata” di G. Verdi
- Philippe Hersant: Duo Sephardim
- Manuel de Falla: Suite Populaire Espagnol
Mar. 27, 7:30 p.m. at Watson Chamber Music Hall
$12 adults / $10 seniors and students
Watson Hall (UNCSA Campus) Box Office:
Noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday
Phone Number: (336) 734-2872 or (336) 721-1945
Posted on February 26, 2010
The program included Gernot Wolfgang’s Three Short Stories for bassoon and viola, Libby Larsen’s Jazz Variations for solo bassoon, Weber’s Concerto for Bassoon and ‘Una voce poco fa’ from The Barber of Seville for two bassoons with Prof. Sweger and myself. Robert Rocco played piano and Prof. Sweger was joined by Ball State violist Philip Tietze.
Posted on February 13, 2010
I recently performed on a UNCSA faculty chamber music concert in Watson Hall entitled Latin Love. The program featured the music of Miguel del Aguila, Jack Delano, Villa-Lobos, Paquito D’Rivera, Eduardo Gamboa and Piazzolla. I performed the woodwind quintets of D’Rivera and del Aguila with Tadeu Coelho, flute; Joe Robinson, oboe; Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet and David Jolley, horn along with Jack Delano’s duet for bassoon and clarinet, Tres Payasadas. My wife Elizabeth also performed on this concert as soloist in the Bachiana Brasileira No. 5 of Heitor Villa-Lobos.
Here’s a review.
Posted on January 25, 2010
The Halcyon Wind Quintet, a chamber ensemble I coach at UNCSA won the MTNA Southern Regional Competition last weekend in Mobile, Alabama after winning the North Carolina State competition in October. They now move on to the national competition in Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 20th. Read the press release below.
WINSTON-SALEM – A University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) student chamber music ensemble won the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Chamber Music Performance Southern Region Competition this past weekend.
The Halcyon Wind Quintet performed Quintets for Winds by composers Carl Neilsen and Elliot Carter. The group was praised by judges for its “elegant musicality, dynamic range, and excellent intonation.”
The quintet now advances to the MTNA Chamber Music National Finals, to be held in Albuquerque, N.M., at the MTNA National Conference, on March 20. The national winner of this competition receives a cash prize and will perform in a Winners Concert during the conference.
The MTNA Chamber Music Performance Southern Region Competition, held in Birmingham, Ala., brought together the top collegiate chamber groups from the eight states that make up the Southern Region. The Halcyon Winds won the North Carolina competition in October 2009 to advance to regional competition in Alabama.
The Halcyon Wind Quintet was established in September 2008 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts under the tutelage of former clarinet teacher Igor Begelman. They gave their first ensemble recital in May 2009 and are frequent recitalists, performing in schools as part of community outreach, and in venues throughout North Carolina.
The ensemble is currently under the tutelage of Saxton Rose, UNCSA School of Music artist-faculty member in bassoon.
The Halcyon Wind Quintet includes the following student artists:
- Erika Boysen, flute, a college senior from Des Moines, Iowa
- Michael Dwinell, oboe, a college junior from Asheville, N.C.
- Allison Bates, clarinet, a college junior from Winston-Salem
- Kristen Goguen, bassoon, a Professional Artist Certificate candidate from Lexington, Ky.
- Gretchen Wetherald, horn, a Master of Music candidate from Cincinnati, Ohio
Also at the MTNA Southern Region Competition, UNCSA School of Music student Ben Robinette, saxophone, won the title of First Alternate in the MTNA Young Artist Performance Woodwind Division. He is a first-year graduate student from Burke, Va.
The Music Teachers National Association is a nonprofit organization composed of 24,000 independent and collegiate music teachers committed to advancing the value of music study and music making to society and to supporting the professionalism of music teachers. Founded in 1876, Music Teachers National Association is the oldest professional music association in the United States.
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of the Arts”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. Internationally renowned conductor John Mauceri has been chancellor of UNCSA since 2006. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.
Posted on December 8, 2009
Bassoonists Lynn Hileman and Rachael Elliott (pictured below) performed a recital and master class at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Tuesday, December 8th at 4:30pm in Hood Recital Hall. Students of Saxton Rose performed in the master class and the recital program included the works below.
- Bounce (1988), Michael Daugherty
- Duo Sonata (1977), Sofia Gubaidulina
- Nocturnal Residents (1989), Chiel Meijering
- Lacrimosa (1991), Louis Andriessen
- Black (2008), Marc Mellits
More photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/saxton/tags/tuple/
Tuple is dedicated to exploring and expanding the contemporary repertoire for two bassoons, with a virtuosic repertoire spanning Russian mystical, funk-inspired American, and other modern genres, from absurdist to minimalist, electronic to static.
Posted on November 21, 2009
One of four UNCSA School of Music performance venues, the Judy and Bill Watson Chamber Music Hall was designed by renowned acoustician Rein Pirn and architects Calloway Johnson Moore West. The 292-seat hall was designed specifically for chamber music.
The shape of the Hall echoes the curves of a violin and was designed with acoustic curtains that can be manipulated to change its acoustic properties. A special "high volume, low velocity" HVAC system was designed to minimize ambient noise.
This complex serves as both performance and teaching venue, and includes two new large rehearsal rooms, a lobby, box office, green room, dressing rooms, administrative offices and faculty teaching studios.
Posted on September 29, 2009
In addition to the other grants, scholarships, and federal loans available to students, the following are being offered for the 2010-2011 academic year:
Bassoon Studio Graduate Assistantship
The School of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts offers the Master of Music and Professional Artist Certificate for Bassoon. The bassoon assistantship is available beginning in the 2010-2011 academic year. Responsibilities include: Perform with the graduate woodwind quintet; 3 hours per week determined by professor; monitoring reed hours. Outside performance opportunities may include work with the Winston-Salem Symphony, other regional orchestras and community outreach performances.
Graduate Tuition Reductions
Graduate Tuition Reductions cover the full cost of tuition. Tuition reductions are awarded based on the recommendation of the School of Music faculty.
Music scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis, based on the recommendations of the School of Music faculty.
Download the flyer with assistantship and other scholarship information:
For information on how to apply:
NOTE: For full consideration for scholarships or assistantship, applicants should audition by February 16th, 2010.
Contact me for more information or:
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts was founded as the nation’s first public conservatory for the arts, dedicated entirely to the intensive training and career development of aspiring artists in the performing, visual and moving image arts. Degrees are available at the undergraduate, masters, post-masters, and high school level.
Posted on August 6, 2009
The following is Saxton Rose’s performance and event schedule for the 2009/2010 season. It is subject to change so if you have questions about attending an event, please contact me.
Map to University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
September 12, 13, 15:
Performances with the Winston-Salem Symphony including Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no. 3 and Suite from Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky.
October 2, 4, 6:
Performances with Piedmont Opera of Hansel and Gretel, More information
Performance with the Winston-Salem Symphony and pianist Awadagin Pratt. 7:30 pm Reynolds Auditorium.
October 27, 28:
Solo recital and master class at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Contact Keith Sweger email@example.com for more information.
October 29, 30:
Solo recital and Masterclass at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Contact Timothy McGovern firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
November 22, 24:
Performances with the Winston-Salem Symphony including Peace Overture for Orchestra by Peck; Schicksalslied (Song of Fate) by Brahms; Requiem by Lloyd Webber
Woodwind Day at UNCSA. Bassoon master class, reed making seminar, bassoon ensemble concert and a performance with the UNCSA woodwind faculty including Beethoven’s Duo for Bassoon and Clarinet with Alexander Fiterstein and a solo performance. Download the flyer or contact me for more information.
December 15, 16, 21:
Performances with the Winston-Salem Symphony of Handel’s Messiah
Performance of Stravinsky’s Histoire du soldat/The Soldier’s Tale with Oleander Chamber Orchestra in Wilmington, NC.
Performance as soloist with UNCSA contemporary music ensemble nu of Philippe Hersant’s Huit pièces pour basson et ensemble instrumental. Ransom Wilson conducting.
February 6, 7 and 9:
Performances with the Winston-Salem Symphony of Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 10 in E minor, op. 93 and Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F Major
Performance of Mejunje del fagobongo for bassoon and bongo by Alfonso Fuentes; Latin Love Op. 82 by Miguel del Aguila for wind quintet and piano; El Corazón Delator (The Accusing Heart) by Eduardo Morales-Caso for bassoon, flute and clarinet. Tadeu Coelho, flute; Joseph Robinson, oboe; Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet; David Jolley, horn; John R. Beck, bongo. 7:30 p.m., Watson Chamber Music Hall at UNCSA.
Solo recital and Masterclass at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, IN. Contact William Ludwig email@example.com for more information.
Solo recital and Masterclass at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. Contact Douglas Spaniol firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Keith Sweger, bassoon professor at Ball State University recital and master class at UNCSA. 3:45pm master class in Hood Recital Hall, 8pm recital in Crawford Hall. Please contact me for more information.
March 13, 14, 10:
Performances with the Winston-Salem Symphony including Brandenburg Concerto no. 2 in F Major by Bach, Concerto for Mandolin by Thile
Solo recital at UNCSA. “Guided by Voices: Music for Bassoon Inspired by Song” Program includes works by Phillipe Hersant, de Falla, Donizetti and Brahms. With pianist Karen Beres, violist Sheila Browne and soprano Elizabeth Pacheco Rose. 7:30 p.m., Watson Chamber Music Hall at UNCSA
April 9, 11, 13:
Performances with Piedmont Opera of Turandot, More information
Performance with the Winston-Salem Symphony and Chris Botti, trumpet
Solo recital and master class at Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. Contact Monte Perkins email@example.com for more information.
Solo recital and master class at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Contact Marc Vallon firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Solo recital and master class at the University of Minnesota – Duluth. Contact Jefferson Campbell email@example.com for more information.
April 26-May 1:
Teaching residency at the Universidad de Costa Rica in San José. Solo recital as part of the ‘Martes por la Noche’ concert series April 27th. Contact Isabel Jeremis at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
May 16, 17:
Performances with the Winston-Salem Symphony of Mahler’s Symphony no. 5
Performance of the Mozart Concerto for Bassoon with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá
Judge for the Bassoon Competition in Bogotá, Colombia as part of the ‘Encuentro Nacional de Fagotistas’ sponsored by the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia. Master classes May 17, 18, 19, 20, 2010
Performance of Vivaldi Bassoon Concerto with Orquesta Sinfónica de Caldas in Manizales, Colombia. Teaching residency, solo recital.
Performance with Dark in the Song, a new bassoon ensemble at The White Mule, a music bar in Columbia, SC. The performance will feature adventurous new music for amplified bassoon ensemble by Jacob Ter Veldhuis, David Lang, David Smooke and Zoe Keating.
Performance with Dark in the Song, a new bassoon ensemble at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Norman, OK. The group is Peter Kolkay, Michael Harley, Rachael Elliott, Lynn Hileman and myself. The recital will feature works by Jacob Ter Veldhuis, David Lang, David Smooke and Zoe Keating.
Faculty teaching residency and performances as principal bassoon at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Summer Music Festival. Music of Wagner, Mahler, Strauss with Lawrence Renes, conductor. More information
Performances and teaching residency at the Quartz Mountain Music Festival and Orchestra Academy. More information
Posted on April 18, 2009
MUSICA PICCOLA: June 21 – July 4, 2009 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC.
Musica Piccola is a highly popular and fast-paced, two-week program for all of the orchestral and band instruments. Bassoon students in Musica Piccola take part in orchestra, chamber music, master classes and receive private lessons with me. The program culminates with an orchestra concert at the beautiful Stevens Center located in downtown Winston-Salem, and solo and chamber music performances in UNCSA’s Watson Chamber Music Hall. Scholarships are available.
More information: http://www.summermusicprogram.org/
Downloadable brochure: http://www.ncarts.edu/summersession/SSApplication.pdf
Tuition & housing fees, required forms, and application information:
Posted on April 4, 2009
I recently performed Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6 For Flute and Bassoon by Heitor Villa-Lobos with flutist Tadeu Coelho. This beautiful and challenging work was a joy to rehearse and perform with my colleague Tadeu. The performance was part of professor Coelho’s recital on the campus of UNCSA in Watson Recital Hall. Also on the program was a Vivaldi sonata for flute performed by myself playing basso continuo with David Winkelman on harpsichord.
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