Making Music in Southern Oregon

Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra performs 10+1 and other new works with Guest Artists

(Ashland, Ore.) –The Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra, under the baton of guest conductor Dr. John Bleuel, will perform the challenging new piece, 10+1 by French composer Lucie Robert on Friday, May 20th at 7:30 PM at the SOU Music Recital Hall. Audience members are invited to a cake reception following the concert. There will be a second performance in Grants Pass at the Rogue Building on the Rogue Community College Campus Saturday, May 21st at 7:30PM.

Lucie Robert’s wrote 10+1 in 2009 specifically for conductor-saxophonist Dr. John Bleuel and pianist Dr. Linda Li-Bleuel. 10+1 features eleven solo instrumentalist–ten saxophones and one piano–in cooperative opposition, to create a sonic soundscape like no other. Also featured on the concert will be music by the Oregon composers: Swingin’ Clarence et ses oiseaux domestiques by Theodore Dollarhide, Nocturnes by Mark Jacobs, and In Memoriam Sacagawea Aria Steinke. The artists are part of the Oregon Chapter of the National Association of Composers USA.

The Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra (SSO) is a collaboration of students, faculty, and staff at Southern Oregon University. Under the direction of Rhett Bender, Professor of Music at SOU, the SSO arranges, composes and commissions music of all styles and musical periods. Members of the SSO recently traveled to the Sichuan Conservatory of Music to perform a recital and visit Beichuan, the site of the devastating 2008 earthquake.

Tickets for this performance are only $5 for general admission and free for students. Tickets and season passes may be purchased by calling 541-552-6101 or at the Music Box Office prior to the performance. For more information, please visit Southern Oregon University’s Department website at http://www.sou.edu/music.

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