30 December 2010
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.
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.