FSU’s Department of Music Presents Dr. Brent Weber in Faculty Artist Series Concert
Frostburg State University’s Department of Music will present saxophonist Dr. Brent Weber in a Faculty Artist Series concert on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. He will be accompanied by pianist Dr. Joseph Yungen. The concert is free and open to the public. If you can't attend the recital, it will also be livestreamed; click the 'Join Stream' button on this page a few minutes before the recital is scheduled to begin, or anytime during the recital, to view the live performance.
Weber will perform “Sonate for Soprano Saxophone and Piano” by Jindřich Feld, “Lilith” by William Bolcom, “Sonata for Alto Sax and Piano” by Phil Woods, “Blue Caprice” by Victor Morosco and “Devil’s Rag” by Jean Matitia.
Feld was a Czech composer who taught composition; he wrote more than 200 works. “Sonate for Soprano Saxophone and Piano” (1989-1990) was dedicated to classical saxophonist Eugene Rousseau and is in three movements: “Allegro ritmico,” “Scherzo (Allegro vivo)” and “Allegro con fuoco.” This work uses extended techniques such as multiphonics, quarter tones, key noises and slap tonguing without sounding a tone.
Lilith was a female demon, dating from ancient times, a child-stealing witch of worldwide folklore. Bolcom’s five-movement virtuoso showpiece “Lilith” (1984) is among the most ambitious music written for alto saxophone. Now in print some years after composition, it has become a near-legendary challenge in classical saxophone circles. The five movements are “The Female Demon,” “Succuba,” “Will-o’-the-Wisp,” “Child-Stealer” and “The Night Dance.”
Woods’ “classic” cross-over work, “Sonata for Alto Sax and Piano,” is different, not because it incorporates jazz into a concert piece, but because it requires performers to take a creative as well as re-creative attitude in its preparation and performance, since improvisation is involved.
Morosco’s “Blue Caprice” is 14 variations on the harmonic structure and form of the blues. It uses various styles of music from banjo picking to Baroque, Romantic, Kansas City blues, shuffle/hard swing, gospel in fourths, contemporary modern, “Hollywood,” hard swing, syncopation and contemporary distortion of line through register change. The Free Rhythm section is meant to create the effect of analog recording tape being rewound at a high speed but still follows the harmonic structure of the blues. The Cadenza also follows the structure of the blues but can be played with more rhythmic freedom. Finally, there is a coda with a measure from the “Caprice en Forme de Valse” by Paul Bonneau.
Matitia wrote “The Devil's Rag” for saxophonists Federico Mondelici and Arno Bornkamp. Not much can be found about Matitia, since this is the alter ego of French composer and teacher Christian Lauba, who uses the alias mostly when composing in the jazz or ragtime styles.
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.
The University is following CDC guidance based on current conditions in the area. Currently, FSU expects masks to be worn indoors when in the presence of others, regardless of vaccination status. Visitors to campus must visit www.frostburg.edu/checkin for symptom monitoring.
For more information, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
Sunday, October 17 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Pealer Recital Hall, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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