FSU’s Weber and Yungen to Perform in Faculty Artist Series Concert
FSU’s Department of Music will present Dr. Brent Weber on saxophone and Dr. Joseph Yungen on piano in a Faculty Artist Series concert on Friday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public.
Weber and DeWire will perform “Sonata, Op. 166” by Camille Saint-Saëns, arranged by Weber; “Sonata for E-flat Saxophone and Piano” by Bernhard Heiden; “Divertimento” by Paul Boutry; and “Oboe Concerto” by Richard Strauss, also arranged by Weber.
Saint-Saëns was a French composer, organist, conductor and pianist of the Romantic era. For him, music of the Baroque and Classical periods was a touchstone throughout his career. “Sonata, Op. 166” was the first of three wind sonatas written in 1921, the last year of his life.
“Sonata for E-flat Saxophone and Piano” was written by German-American composer Heiden in 1937. It is considered the first major American saxophone sonata.
As a musical genre of the 18th century, it is unusual that a light and entertaining divertimento would be composed for the alto saxophone, a 19th century instrument. Yet French composer, conductor and pianist Boutry, who wrote “Divertimento,” in 1963, combined the early style and later instrument for a thrilling performance.
“Oboe Concerto” was written by the German composer Strauss in 1945 and was one of the last works he composed near the end of his life. As with his other late works, Strauss built up the music from a series of small melodic ideas “which are the point of departure for the development of the entire composition.”
Experienced in multiple genres of music from classical to jazz, rock ’n’ roll and beyond, Weber advocates versatility. His work with the contemporary jazz group Jake Mowrer Quartet featured him performing and recording throughout Northern Georgia. As a concert saxophonist, Weber is active with the North American Saxophone Alliance. As winner of the UGA Concerto Competition in 2009, he performed Ingolf Dahl’s “Concerto for Saxophone and Wind Ensemble.” In 2012, he was part of the 2012 Naxos release, “Street Song.” Weber is department chair and assistant professor of saxophone in FSU’s Department of Music where, in addition to maintaining the saxophone and bassoon studios, he also coordinates the Jazz Studies program.
Yungen is a successful solo performer, collaborative artist, new music advocate and teacher. Achievements include winning the Ann Fehn pianist’s First Prize in the 14th Annual Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition, completing the Collaborative Piano program at Music Academy of the West and winning First Prize in the 88th Annual Schubert Club Competition in Minneapolis. In addition to his performing activities, Yungen is a founding member of the faculty and administration of the New Jersey Young Artist Piano Competition, an educational seminar for advanced young pianists. Yungen is a lecturer in FSU’s Department of Music. For more information on Yungen, visit www.josephyungen.com.
For more information, contact the Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
Friday, October 26 at 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Pealer Recital Hall, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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