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Nov. 30, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

Sax Ensemble kicks off 'concert' week

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Dec. 2 premiere concert of the newly formed Slippery Rock University Saxophone Ensemble, directed by Jason Kush, SRU music instructor, kicks off a week of musical entertainment on campus Dec. 2 -6.

All concerts are at 7:30 p.m.

The saxophone ensemble concert, in Swope Music Hall, is the first performance for the 14-member group.

"The group includes all of the member instruments of the saxophone family, including sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass," Kush said. "The bass and sopranino saxophones are rare instruments and add a special sound to the group."

The concert will feature Amy Mikalauskas, a music education major from Evans City, who will perform a saxophone concerto by Glazunov backed by the ensemble. The program will also offer performances by three saxophone quartets.

The SRU Symphony Orchestra, Chamber String Ensemble and the Jazz Ensemble also will perform in concert this week.

  • Kaylyn Shearer, a Slippery Rock University senior performance major from Carnegie, will be the featured soloist when the Symphony Orchestra performs in concert at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3 in Swope.

  • The concert is under the direction of Warren Davidson, assistant professor of music.

    Shearer will be featured in both the Mozart Oboe Concerto, along with two Romantic period masterworks, "Finlandia," by Jean Sibelius and Dvorak's Symphony No. 8.

  • The SRU Chamber String Ensemble, also directed by Davidson, will perform at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 5 in the Smith Student Center, offering a concert featuring music ranging from the 17th-century to modern Latin music and Beatles tunes.

  • Jessica Detky, a music therapy major from Sharpsville, will be featured on piano, and Jon Mills, a music performance major from Greensburg, on drums.

    The concert will also include works by Telemann and Lecuona.

    The SRU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Kush, and the SRU Jazz Lab Band, directed by David Glover, associate professor of music, performs in the Smith Student Center Ballroom Dec. 6, featuring Robert Matchett, SRU music instructor on trombone, in the jazz standard "What's New" along with the ensemble.

  • The SRU Jazz Ensemble recently returned from a performance tour of western Pennsylvania that included concerts at West Mifflin, Peters Township, Bellefonte Area and State College Area high schools, along with the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

The suggested donation for all concerts is $5 for the general public; $3 for students.

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