Wednesday, March 10, 2021
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The concert program will include Andre Caplet’s Legende, Ida Gotkovsky’s Incandescence, Phil Woods’ Sonata and a new work by Dr. Aaron Lington, Song, Interlude and Dance, commissioned by Dr. Witt and premiered on this recital. The first half of the program will feature a more traditional concert repertoire for saxophone and piano, with Dr. Andreea Mut, while the second half of the program features music that defies genre, straddling between classical and jazz influences, with Ted Wenglinski on piano.
Legende, by Andre Caplet, is an early work, from 1903, for saxophone, originally written for a chamber ensemble, performed here just with piano. This piece has not been performed but a few times until being rediscovered in the late 1980s. Caplet was a friend and colleague of Claude Debussy and is known for having done orchestrations of some of Debussy’s music, as well as to conduct the London premiere of Debussy’s Pelleas and Melisande.
Incandescence by Ida Gotkovsky, is a much more current work, commissioned in 2011 by 25 saxophonists from around the world. It is for tenor saxophone and piano. There are few large-scale concert works for the tenor saxophone and this piece is certainly a stand-out in the repertoire. Gotkovsky is a French born, award-winning composer, who has written many important pieces for wind instruments. Much of her music shows an influence of the great 20th century French composer, Olivier Messiaen.
This performance will be presented live in-person in Moores Opera House to a limited audience. Please be aware that all patrons will be required to wear face masks and maintain proper social distancing while attending live events at the University of Houston. Live events will be performed without intermission and seating will be assigned by ushers upon arrival to ensure proper social distancing between parties during the performance. Extra cleaning and sanitization measures have been implemented at the venue. Additionally, the Box Office will not be open at the venue for walk-up ticket registration. All ticket registration must be completed online in advance.
The performance will also be live-streamed for our patrons and supporters who prefer to enjoy the concert from the comfort and safety of their home.