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Drake recital to feature music of contemporary composers

September 11, 2009
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James Romain
MEDIA CONTACT: Tory Olson, 515-271-1834, tory.olson@drake.edu

James Romain, Drake University associate professor of jazz studies and saxophone, will present a recital Sunday, Sept. 27, featuring music by contemporary composers, including Jacob Ter Veldhuis and Eric McIntyre.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 3 p.m. in Sheslow Auditorium in Old Main, 2507 University Ave.

Romain, who will play baritone, soprano and alto saxophone, will perform five compositions:
  • "Secondary Impressions for Baritone Saxophone and Piano," written by Eric McIntyre, assistant professor of music at Grinnell College.
  • "Walk on Water for Alto Saxophone and Cello," by Dorothy Chang, assistant professor of music at the University of British Colombia.
  • "Sonata for Baritone Saxophone and Piano," composed by Walter Hartley, professor emeritus of music at Fredonia State University.
  • "Garden of Love for Soprano Saxophone" and "Ghetto Blaster," the work of Jacob Ter Veldhuis, a Dutch avant pop composer better known as Jacob TV.
  • "Divertimento for Alto Saxophone and Marimba," by Akira Yuyama, a Japanese composer born in 1932.
  • "Le Api," by Italian oboe virtuoso Antonio Pasculli.
Romain is the first saxophonist to receive a doctorate of musical arts in performance and pedagogy from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Ill.

Prior to coming to Drake, Romain was on the faculty at Casper College in Casper, Wyo., and the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, Wis. He has performed with the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, the Twin Cities Jazz Orchestra and at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

In addition, these Drake faculty members will join Romain in the recital:
  • Robert Meunier, director of bands and professor of percussion
  • Nicholas Roth, associate professor of piano
  • Ashley Sidon, assistant professor of music
For more information, contact Friends of Drake Arts at 515-271-3939.