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FSU’s Department of Music to Present Dr. Brent Weber in Faculty Artist Series Concert

Frostburg State University’s Department of Music will present saxophonist and bassoonist Dr. Brent Weber in a Faculty Artist Series concert on Sunday, Oct. 15, 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 and assisted by clarinetist Dr. Mark Gallagher. The concert is free and open to the public. This event will also be livestreamed; click the “Join Stream” button on this page a few minutes before the recital is scheduled to begin, or any time during the recital, to view the live performance.

The concert will feature “Rhapsody for Bassoon” by Willson Osborne, “Garden of Love” by Jacob ter Veldhuis, and “Duett-Concertino for Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano” and “Concerto for Oboe” by Richard Strauss, the latter arranged by Weber.

Osborne’s “Rhapsody for Bassoon” is one of the most widely performed solo works for the bassoon. Osborne wrote the first version of the work in1952. The piece, originally titled “Study for Bassoon,” was dedicated to Sol Schoenbach, an American bassoonist and teacher.

Jacob ter Veldhuis, a Dutch avant-garde classical composer, wrote “Garden of Love” for oboist Bart Schneemann in 2002. The piece is based on a poem by William Blake. The audio track consists of sound bites from speech, oboes, harpsichord, birds and electronic sounds.

The “Duett-Concertino” was composed by Strauss in 1946-47 and premiered in 1948. It is the last purely instrumental work he wrote and is a lovely example of the lean, retrospective voice he often used in his final years.

“Concerto for Oboe” (1945) is another piece Strauss composed near the end of his life, during what is often described by biographers, journalists and music critics as his “Indian summer.” The concerto consists of three interconnected movements and lasts around 25 minutes.

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. In 2007, he presented the European premiere of Todd Barton’s “Diastems II” at the World Saxophone Congress XIV in Ljubljana, Slovenia. 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.” Formerly an assistant professor at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China, 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.

For more information, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.

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