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Saxophone recital will feature music director and guests

January 29, 2013

The director of instrumental music at University of Wisconsin-Stout will present a saxophone recital at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Harvey Hall Theatre.

Aaron M. Durst will be joined by guest performers Daniel Sullivan, Laurie Lau, David Kile and Beth Wacek. The show will feature lighting design by UW-Stout assistant professor of theater Beth Janetski.

The event is free and open to the public.

Aaron M. DurstCompositions will reflect diverse styles of music. Two for saxophone and piano include Pierre Lantier’s “Sicilienne” and Claude Debussy’s only composition for saxophone “Rapsodie.” “Les Treteaux” by Pierre Max Dubois and “Épitaphe de Jean Harlow” by Charles Koechlin feature the flute, saxophone and piano. “Photographs from the 21” is a solo work for saxophone by Robert Lemay. “Buku” by Jacob ter Veldhuis is for alto saxophone and boombox. The recital will conclude with tangos by Astor Piazzolla arranged for saxophone and marimba.

Durst directs the UW-Stout Concert Band, Jazz Band and Pep Band. He is an experienced performer on soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass saxophones as a soloist and as a chamber musician. He has commissioned and premiered works by Thomas West, Ashley Floyd and Sojourner Hodges.

Janetski has done scenic and lighting design in the Twin Cities area for more than 15 years, including with the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Sullivan teaches piano in Eau Claire and grade school music at Messiah Lutheran School. A former concert organist, he has played solo and collaborative recitals throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Lau freelances and teaches in the Eau Claire area. She is a member of the Chippewa Valley Symphony, chamber group Trillium Flutes and an instructor of FluteWild! Camp. She also teaches at the Eau Claire Music School, Immanuel Lutheran High School and College, Messiah Lutheran School and the Fall Creek School District.

Kile is a recent retiree from the U.S. Marine Corps, where he spent more than 20 years as a Marine musician, and performs with the Ludington Guard Band in Menomonie.

Wacek is an experienced band, choir and general music teacher and is a busy accompanist for her church, community events and area honors groups.

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