Wind Symphony, Concert Band Presenting Concert April 26

by News Bureau on Thursday, Apr. 12, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 12, 2012 – The Southeast Missouri State University Concert Band and Southeast Wind Symphony, under the direction of Martin Reynolds, conductor, will perform in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast’s River Campus at 7:30 p.m. April 26.

The University Concert Band will open with “March–Americans We,” by Henry Fillmore, “Prelude to ‘Contrasts,” by Douglas Nott, and “Beyond the Seven Hills,” by Michael Sweeny.

The Southeast Wind Symphony will perform “His Honor,” by Henry Fillmore, “Salvation is Created,” by Tschesnokoff, “Fantasia for Alto Sax and Band,” by Claude Smith, and “Tosca Fantasy,” by Giacomo Puccini.

At the end of the concert, the two bands will combine to play Symphony No. 1, “The Divine Comedy,” by Robert Smith. “The Divine Comedy” is a monumental four-movement work based on Dante Alighieri’s literary classic of the same name. The story of Dante’s trilogy is basic: One day Dante finds himself lost in a dark wood. Virgil, a character based on the revered Roman poet, appears and rescues him. Virgil guides Dante to a contemplation of Hell and Purgatory. Dante, having confessed his faults and with Beatrice as his guide, is led into Paradise and attains a glimpse of the face of God. The four movements of the symphony include “Inferno,” “Purgatorio,” “Ascension” and “Paradiso.”

The concert also will feature a guest artist, Dr. Andy Wen, alto saxophone soloist. Wen is an associate professor of saxophone, clarinet and theory at the University of Arkansas Little Rock. He has performed in 23 states, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Japan, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and Thailand. His performances include concertos with bands and orchestras, solo recitals and chamber concerts. He has premiered two concertos that were written for him, “An Appeal Amid the Razing” for alto saxophone and band, by L. A. Logrande, and “Concertino” for alto saxophone and band, by Sy Brandon.

Wen presented the first saxophone recital in the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1992. He has performed at conferences of North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA), World Saxophone Congress, Association de Saxophone de France (AsSaFra), Southeast Composers League, Hawaii International Conference of Arts and Humanities, American School Band Directors Association, Etats Generaux Mondiaux du Saxophone, United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, Georgia Music Teachers Association (GMTA), Ohio Music Teachers Association, Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association, and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), where he was the 1990 MTNA National Collegiate Artist Competition winner. His performances have been broadcast on television by KEDT in Texas, WOUB in Ohio and KUAR in Arkansas.

Wen has premiered more than 25 solo and chamber compositions, most of which were written for him. He has taught master classes across the United States, China and Taiwan and has been published multiple times in The Saxophone Symposium, the official journal of NASA. Wen is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and was a finalist for the Alpha Chi Teacher of the Year Award at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He previously taught at Del Mar College, where he was department chair, at Millersville University and at the University of Arkansas-Monticello, and he was a two-term treasurer of NASA.

Wen received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Georgia, Master of Music from Indiana University, Bachelor of Music from Ohio University and Medaille d’Argent at the Conservatoire National de Region de Bordeaux, France. He is a Conn-Selmer Clinician and plays Selmer (Paris) saxophones exclusively.