Professor, with accompanists, to hold saxophone recital March 23

March 17, 2017

UW-Stout's Aaron Durst performs recently with his saxophone.

UW-Stout Associate Professor Aaron M. Durst will present a faculty saxophone recital at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 910 9th St. E. in Menomonie.

The recital is being presented as a part of a Professional Development Grant provided by UW-Stout. Admission is free.

As part of his professional development, Durst recently performed at the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 3 and Region 5 conferences.

Joining Durst, director of instrumental music at UW-Stout, will be David H. Kile on percussion. They will perform as Duo Eigentone. They formed the duo to explore the repertoire written for saxophone and percussion.

“Many modern composers enjoy writing music for these two instruments, as the instrumentalists are often willing to perform contemporary music and experiment with new techniques. Both the saxophone and percussion instruments are very appealing to listeners and are used in many styles of music,” Durst said, adding that eigentone is an acoustical term used to describe a tone liable to cause resonance in a particular space.

The duo will perform “Circus Parade” by Pierre Max Dubois and “Lady Glides on the Moon” by Matthew C. Saunders. Both selections are for alto saxophone and nonpitched percussion. “The Miraculous Tale” by Egyptian composer Halim El-Dabh is for saxophone and derabucca, a goblet-shaped Middle East hand drum.

Durst also will be joined by Amanda L. Durst on piano to perform “Light of Sothis” by Amy Quate and two etudes from Charles Koechlin’s collection of 15 performance etudes for alto saxophone and piano. Aaron Durst will perform “News Flash” for alto saxophone and video, a recent composition by Andrew Hannon.

Aaron Durst, a native of Spencer, Iowa, earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in saxophone performance at the University of Georgia; Master of Arts in music, wind conducting, at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks; and Bachelor of Music in music education from the University of South Dakota.

He has studied saxophone with Kenneth Fischer and Kenneth Carroll, has been a saxophonist in the U.S. Army and was stationed with the 9th Army Band at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

Kile is a recent retiree from the Marine Corps. With his performance roots in the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps of La Crosse, he spent more than 20 years as a percussionist in the Marines. He has a Bachelor of Arts in music from UW-Eau Claire and a Master of Arts in secondary education from Grand Canyon University. He is a member of the Ludington Guard Band and the Chippewa Valley Symphony. Kile is an operations program associate with the Police, Parking and Transportation at UW-Stout.

Amanda Durst earned a Bachelor of Science in physics and music from the University of South Dakota. She studied horn with Gary Reeves and piano with Susan Keith Gray and has played with the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra, Athens Symphony Orchestra and Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra. She has sung with the Athena Grand Opera and performs with the Menomonie Chamber Singers and Ludington Guard Band, while maintaining a sewing and quilting business.

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UW-Stout’s Aaron M. Durst will hold a faculty saxophone recital Thursday, March 23, in Menomonie.