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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
October 29, 30:
Solo recital and Masterclass at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Contact Timothy McGovern email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Solo recital and Masterclass at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. Contact Douglas Spaniol email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Solo recital and master class at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Contact Marc Vallon email@example.com for more information.
Solo recital and master class at the University of Minnesota – Duluth. Contact Jefferson Campbell firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
Posted on March 30, 2009
On March 30th I performed Elliott Carter’s Au Quai for Bassoon and Viola with my colleague Sheila Browne, viola teacher at UNCSA. Carter wrote this about the piece’s origin:
The title of this piece was suggested by Arnold Schoenberg’s short story “To the Wharfs” in which he describes the mounting anxiety of the members of a French fishing village as the boats and the sea-bound fisherman failed to appear after a storm and several days’ absence. When they were suddenly sighted all shouted “to the wharfs, aux quais, O.K!”
Au quai (‘to the quay’) was supposedly used by French-speaking cotton pickers around New Orleans to signal that the cotton was packed and ready to send down to the docks for transport.
There is certainly no conclusion as to the origin of the phrase OK. There is no shortage however of explanations, some more likely than others.
- The oldest written references to ‘OK’ result from its adoption as a slogan by the Democratic party during the American Presidential election of 1840. Their candidate, President Martin Van Buren, was nicknamed ‘Old Kinderhook’ (after his birthplace in New York State), and his supporters formed the ‘OK Club’.
- During the American Civil War, soldiers relied on a biscuit called Orrin Kendall for rations and a port in Haiti called Aux Cayes was famous among American soldiers for its rum, known as ‘OK rum’.
- There lived a popular native American chief called Old Keokuk who signed all his treaties by using only his initials.
- It derives from the Scots expression ‘och aye’, the Greek ola kala (‘it is good’), the Choctaw Indian oke or okeh (‘it is so’), the French aux Cayes (‘from Cayes’, a port in Haiti with a reputation for good rum), or the initials of a railway freight agent called Obediah Kelly who is said to have written them on lading documents he had checked.
- When box cars would be loaded and locked up, the shift boss would then write on the side of the car: OK, signifying it had been checked and was correct. But in fact, when that custom first began, the guy who wrote the letters couldn’t spell and thought the words were spelled Oll Korrect. Legend has it he was german and the words reflected what ‘all correct’ would have been in that language.
- It was a telegraphic signal meaning “open key,” that is, ready to receive. Others say OK was used for “all right” because A and R had already been appropriated for other purposes. Big problem with this theory: the first telegraph message was transmitted in 1844, five years after OK appeared
- It stands for O. Kendall & Sons, a supplier of army biscuits that stamped its initials on its product.
Posted on February 24, 2009
The UNCSA Bassoon Quartet performed as part of the emerging artist series at Watson Chamber Music Hall Feb. 24 on the campus of University of North Carolina Bassoon School of the Arts. UNCSA students Kristen Goguen, Sebastian Castellanos, K.C. Chai, and Juliana Mesa performed Le Phénix quartet for bassoons by Michel Corrette. Above is a photo taken during rehearsal.
For more information on Corrette’s Le Phénix, please see Ronald N. Bukoff’s article in the IDRS journal: Boismortier, Corrette, and Le Phénix: music for the French Baroque bassoon
Here is an excerpt:
Corrette’s great work for the bassoon, and the outstanding example of French Baroque bassoon music is Le phénix. Concerto pour quatre violoncelles, violes ou bassons… (1738 ). The scoring is not as outlandish as it first appears, for Le phénix shows great kinship with Boismortier’s concertos for five flutes. In both chamber concertos, the lowest voice is supplied with a figured bass, suggesting the possibility of employing a harpsichord. In neither case is the keyboard an absolute must. The title page to Le phénix also adds: “… ce concerto se peut jouer en trio, en obmettant le 3e violoncello.” (“this concerto can be played as a trio, omitting the 3rd violoncello.”) If this alternative is followed (not a recommended choice), a harpsichord must be added to fill out the missing chord tones.
Le phénix was published as a concerto for four bassoons (or violoncellos) but it should rightfully be regarded as a solo concerto for bassoon, aided by three additional bassoons. All of the melodic interest is written into the first part, while the second bassoon is treated as the continuo line which accompanies the soloist. The third and fourth bassoons (and harpsichord) function in lieu of the orchestra tutti. Echoes of the works of Vivaldi, which were popular in Paris, can be heard in Le phénix. Stylistic devices common to the Italian master are prevalent, both in this concerto and throughout the music of the newly-developing French concerto school. These characteristics (unison lines, rushing scales, arpeggios) are abundant in Le phénix.
Posted on February 20, 2009
William Ludwig, professor of bassoon at Indiana University – Bloomington, presented a master class and recital at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC on Thursday, February 19th. The master class took place from 2:00-4:00pm in Hood Recital Hall in the Gray Building and the recital was in Watson Hall at 6:00pm. It was a great pleasure to have one of the foremost performers and teachers in the US at UNCSA. Photos from the event.
William Ludwig joined the faculty of the IU Jacobs School of Music in August of 2007. Previous to this appointment he had been Professor of Bassoon at Louisiana State University since 1985. For the last seven summers he has been in residence at the Brevard Music Center as principal bassoon and artist faculty.
His orchestral experience includes principal bassoon with the Baton Rouge Symphony (1986-2007) and the Florida Orchestra (1980-1985). A noted chamber musician he has performed in a wide variety of settings in the United States and Europe, including at the Prague Spring International Music Festival and Highlands (NC) Chamber Music Festival and with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Timm Wind Quintet and Ars Nova Wind Quintet. He was artist-in-residence at the State University of New York-Stony Brook Department of Music from 1989 to 1994 concurrently with his LSU appointment and taught at the University of South Florida from 1979 to 1985. He holds degrees from Louisiana State University and Yale School of Music and studied with John Patterson, Sol Schoenbach, Leonard Sharrow, Bernard Garfield and Arthur Weisberg.
Posted on February 14, 2009
Performance of Sofia Gubaidulina’s trio for bassoon, viola and piano Quasi Hoquetus with UNCSA faculty members, Sheila Browne, viola and Karen Beres, piano. The performance was part of a faculty concert at UNCSA on Valentine’s Day called “Ménage a Trios.” Its theme was trios of unusual instrumental combinations and included music by Bernstein, Nin, Turina, Hindemith, & John Harbison with Allison Gagnon, Joseph Genualdi, Janine Hawley, David Jolley, Eric Larsen, Kevin Lawrence, Robert Rocco, Judith Saxton, Taimur Sullivan and Brooks Whitehouse.
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