30 December 2010

Happy New Year!

Rhett and Jody
Happy New Year everyone. I wasn't able to update this blog frequently this fall so here are the highlights. Last month my book, An Annotated Bibliography of Saxophone Quartets by American Composers–originally my dissertation, was published by Lambert Academic publishers.
An Annotated Bibliography of Saxophone Quartets by American Composers: An Annotated Bibliography of Saxophone Quartets (Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone) Published by American Composers
Although the Globe Saxophone Quartet didn't have any engagements this fall, I premiered Dan Maske's Far Corner for soprano saxophone and wind ensemble with the Rogue Valley Symphonic Band conducted by Dr. Frederick Schmidt. A new Southern Oregon resident from sunny Green Bay, Wisconsin; Dr. Schmidt asked if I would perform this work on his premier concert as their new conductor. This 15 year old work was originally written for saxophone and piano for John and Linda Bleuel but the wind ensemble version of Far Corner had never been performed. Followers of the Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra will remember Dan Maske's piece Wind and Weaponry SSO performed in the spring of 2009.
The next Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra performance will be February 18th at the SOU Music Recital Hall. We are collaborating with the Oregon chapter of the National Association of Composers USA to premier several new works. I'll leave you with video from our fall performance.

10 November 2010

Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra performs concert with guest conductor Martin Majkut

(Ashland, Ore.) –The Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra and SOU chamber ensembles, under the direction of Dr. Rhett Bender, will perform a concert with guest conductor Martin Majkut on Friday, November 12th at 7:30 PM at the SOU Music Recital Hall. Audience members are invited to a cake reception following the concert.

The concert will feature music by the Lisa Nichols and Wenjun Qi flute-guitar duo, SOU saxophone quartets and the Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra. Newly appointed Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra Conductor, Martin Majkut, will guest conduct Nimrod from the ‘Enigma Variations’ by Edgar Elgar.

The Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra (SSO) is a collaboration of students, faculty, and staff at Southern Oregon University. Under the direction of Rhett Bender, Professor of Music at SOU, the SSO arranges, composes and commissions music of all styles and musical periods. This spring student members of the SSO will travel to China to perform a chamber music concert at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music.

Tickets for this performance are only $5 for general admission and free for students. Tickets and season passes may be purchased by calling 541-552-6101 or at the Music Box Office prior to the performance. For more information, please visit Southern Oregon University’s Department website at www.sou.edu/music.


31 July 2010

Siskiyou Saxophone Workshop Last Day

Thanks everyone. This has been the best workshop yet! I don't know how we top the 10 + 1 performance. See you next year.

30 July 2010

Siskiyou Saxophone Workshop Day 4

Last night the quartets and small ensembles performed on the Britt Festival grounds before the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Concert.

Today at 3PM is the closing concert with the saxophone orchestra. The concert will include the west coast premiere of 10 + 1. Don't miss it!

28 July 2010

Siskiyou Saxophone Workshop Day 3

Wednesday afternoon we had free. Some of the workshop participants went rafting, some went to a play, a few practiced and I went with the Sichuan entourage to Crater Lake. Tomorrow come see us performing before the Britt concert.

Siskiyou Saxophone Workshop Day 2

27 July 2010

Siskiyou Saxophone Workshop

Images from Day 1 of the workshop

Two Bass Saxophones!

Dr. Bleuel conducts

New and old bass saxophones

Siskiyou Saxophone Workshop

The 10th Annual Siskiyou Saxophone Workshop has started. Above John Bleuel rehearses the Workshop Saxophone Orchestra. They will perform Friday at 3PM in the SOU Music Recital Hall.

This year we are excited to have special guest Professor Li Yusheng from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music and his students Mei Song, Han Xiao, Wang Yuran and Pu Zhu. They will perform tonight at 7PM in the SOU Music Recital Hall along with the Globe Saxophone Quartet.

23 July 2010

Ashland Chamber Music Workshop 2010 Week 2 Day 5

This is our last day for 2010. Join us next year July 15-22. We are also on facebook-Ashland Chamber Music Workshop.