Symposium Features Sax, Percussion Talent

Friday, April 4, 2008

A Saxophone and Percussion Symposium will bring sweet melodic rhythm to campus on Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, with two free concerts open to the community.

A Saxophone and Percussion Symposium will bring sweet melodic rhythm to campus on Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, with two free concerts open to the community.Local high school ensembles, UWG music groups and UWG faculty and students will perform together on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Kathy Cashen Recital Hall and present a closing concert on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom.

The two-day event is directed by Dr. John Bleuel, associate professor of music, and Dr. Doug Overmier, associate professor of music and director of bands.

Bleuel said the symposium is a great avenue for UWG students to connect academically and musically with the high school community.

“The Saxophone and Percussion Symposium is one of our best opportunities to showcase what we do in the music department, namely the relentless pursuit of excellence,” said Bleuel. “The high school and junior high school students come to campus for the weekend and have the opportunity to sit side by side with our terrific university students and they see firsthand how proficient our students are and experience the challenges, excitement and the sheer joy of high-level music making.”

Other faculty members performing are Dr. Linda Li-Bleuel, associate professor of music, and Dr. Leslie Warlick, instructor of violin and viola. Both Li-Bleuel and Warlick teach at Clemson University.

The fun continues with the UWG Saxophone Ensemble in the Richard L. Dangle Theatre on Tuesday, April 8, at 8:15 p.m. with another jam session with faculty, staff and students.

Last but not least, a special concert will be performed by the Globe Saxophone Quartet and the UWG Saxophone Ensemble on Tuesday, April 15, at 8:15 p.m. in the Kathy Cashen Recital Hall. The event is free and the community is invited to attend.

Both groups have been invited to perform at the International Biennial Meeting of the North American Saxophone Alliance at the University of South Carolina.  The concert will showcase the selections that will be performed at the conference.

The quartet features the excellent talents of musicians from four universities.  Members of the group include Dr. Rhett Bender, associate professor of music, Southern Oregon University; Dr. Scott Turpen, associate professor of music, and Dr. Jennifer Turpen, professor of music theory, University of Wyoming; and Bleuel.

The UWG Saxophone Ensemble, directed by Bleuel, boasts the best saxophonists on campus who range from music majors to faculty, staff and alumni. The ensemble has performed in a variety of  venues, including the Carrollton Artist Guild Fine Arts Mecca Festival.

For more information, call 678-839-6516.