To watch today’s concert of the Siskiyou Saxophone Workshop Orchestra live at 7PM (19:00) PST click here
Today we began with Dr. Vicki Purslow, SOU College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean, rehearsing the orchestra on her new arrangement of Sousa’s Liberty Bell March to be premiered Thursday.
Composer Todd Barton stopped by to talk about his piece Gesangla Mediation on the Sichuan Earthquake. The students will perform Gesangla on Thursday.
Students enjoying a well deserved break from rehearsal.
During the breaks Yamaha, Jupiter and Cripple Creek Music of Ashland have the latest model saxophones to try.
Don Archer of Cripple Creeks speaks with students about saxophones.
Steve Davidson teaches Intermediate Jazz Style.
While in the room next door, Scott Turpen teaches Advanced Jazz Improvisation.
John Bleuel Rehearses the Old Castle from Pictures at an Exhibition. The students will perform the entire piece Thursday at 7PM.
On Friday we wrapped up the 2008 Siskiyou Saxophone Workshop with a recital of participant chamber ensembles. Below are images from the final concert.
Thank you to our sponsors: Britt Festivals, Southern Oregon University, Larry’s Music, Cripple Creek, Eden Valley Orchards, Ted and Tilley Gibbs, Jan Christensen, Anahata Little, Dennis Dunleavy, Ashland City Band and Yamaha Corporation of America. Thank you Kubota Lawn Mowers for dueling with the orchestra.
Big thanks to the staff and faculty Joelle Graves, Mark Knippel, Erin Luce, Scott Mitchell and my fellow members of the Globe Quartet–Jennifer Turpen, Scott Turpen and John Bleuel. Thank you to all of the students for a great week. The Globe Quartet hopes to see you next year!
Today I start two weeks of Ashland Chamber Music Workshop. Watch this blog for our daily activities.
Tonight at 6PM in the SOU Music Recital Hall is the closing concert of the Britt Festival Siskiyou Saxophone Workshop. Twenty-Six participants will be performing in 5 quartets and 1 sextet. Hope you can join us for this free concert.
Prior to the concert the ensemble rehearsed outside in front of the SOU Music Building, preparing for the wind, heat and acoustics. Little did we know we’d be competing against both a sprinkler system and a lawn mower! Who won? you be the judge.
It was 100 degrees and the cold water of the Rogue felt great. The faculty and students have been working very hard to prepare for concerts Thursday and Friday. The rafting trip was a well earned break in our schedule.
Tomorrow is the Saxophone Orchestra Concert in Lithia Park. Friday is the small ensemble concert.
Tuesday was a day of intense rehearsals. Today we decide we pick the music for the Thursday and Friday Concerts. In between rehearsals and classes, the students visit displays by Cripple Creek Music, Larry’s Music and Yamaha Corporation. All the instruments are there for the students to try. Each store has music, reeds and instruments to purchase. Here is a video of the room:
In the early evening the faculty, Globe Saxophone Quartet, performed at the Eden Valley Orchards. In spite of the near 100 degree heat, the outdoor concert was well attended with many local saxophone fans and students of the workshop. The Globe Saxophone Quartet entertained the audience with a variety of classical transcriptions, original saxophone music and light audience favorites.
In this video Globe imitates Scottish bagpipes in the piece “Robert Burns Suite” by Paul Harvey.
The SOU and Britt Festival’s Saxophone Workshop began like the Le Tour de France with a pre-workshop “prologue” on Sunday evening. We affectionately call it the “Meet and Greet.” We have 26 students and 2 counselors, 2 staff and 4 faculty. Students have come from British Columbia, Hawaii, Washington, Wyoming, California and Oregon—including 6 from Creswell! Thanks Sandi. Green!
After meeting everyone, eating two fabulous desserts by Anahata Little (a French eclair and an Italian chocolate cake–did I mention going to Italy in September?) and passing out music; many of the students left to practice–as did the Globe Quartet.
Day 1 began on Monday morning with John Bleuel leading the 26 member strong Siskiyou Saxophone Workshop Orchestra. They will perform before the Ashland City Band Concert in Lithia Park on Thursday. Watch him work below:
After a break I assigned each student a quartet or a quintet. These smaller chamber ensembles are preparing to perform on our final concert Friday night at 6PM.
After lunch the afternoon session began with a performance by the Saxophone Quartet of the Air National Guard Band of the Northwest out of Spokane Washington. See them perform below:http://www.youtube.com/get_player