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Duo Eigentone will present its premiere recital at 7 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Admission is free.
The duo consists of Aaron M. Durst on saxophone and David H. Kile on percussion. Durst is director of instrumental music at UW-Stout, and Kile is operations program associate in police, parking and transportation at UW-Stout.
This recital is being presented as a part of a UW-Stout Professional Development Grant provided jointly by the UW System and UW-Stout.
The duo formed in summer 2013 to explore the repertoire written for percussion and saxophone.
"Many modern composers enjoy writing music for these two instruments, as the performers are often willing to perform contemporary music experiments with new techniques. Both the saxophone and percussion instruments are very appealing to listeners and are used in many styles of music," Durst said.
Eigentone is an acoustical term used to describe a tone likely to cause resonance in a particular space.
The duo will perform selections from David Maslanka's "Song Book" for marimba and alto saxophone and "In Steel" for percussion and alto saxophone by Robert McClure. Kile will perform his own composition, "Vibes for a Day," along with "Spancil Hill" by Michael Considine and the prelude from J. S. Bach's "Cello Suite No. 1."
Durst will be joined by Amanda Durst on piano to perform "Fantasie" by Denis Bedard, "Sonatine Sportive" by Alexander Tcherepnine and "Pavane pour une Infante Défunte" by Maurice Ravel.
A native of Spencer, Iowa, Aaron M. Durst has studied saxophone with Kenneth Fischer and Kenneth Carroll and has been a saxophonist in the Army. 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 is a member of the Ludington Guard Band and the Chippewa Valley Concert Band.
Amanda L. Durst has played with the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra, Athens Symphony Orchestra and Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra and has sung with the Athena Grand Opera.She performs with the Menomonie Chamber Singers, Chippewa Valley Horn Choir and Ludington Guard Band.