School of Music Faculty Artist Recital series offers two money-saving packages

Two money-saving packages, along with low single ticket prices, make it easy for Valley music lovers to enjoy professional performances. Faculty in the Herberger College of Fine Arts School of Music, who appear as soloists or with prestigious ensembles all over the world, make ASU is one of their tour stops.

The 2003-2004 season offers a total of 34 recitals, including both solo and ensemble performances by internationally acclaimed musicians. There's something for just about every musical taste: classical music, jazz and contemporary music.

Venues for the Faculty Artist Recital series are Katzin Concert Hall and Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, both located in the Music Building on the main ASU campus in Tempe at 40 E. Gammage Parkway.

Single tickets are $5. The "Pick Six" package is $25, which is a $5 savings. The "Top Ten" package is $30, giving an even bigger savings of $20.

For a brochure, call the School of Music, 480-965-3371 or go to the Herberger College Web site to find the brochure and downloadable order form: Ticket buyers to the Faculty Artist Recital Series are encouraged to purchase packages, as well as single tickets, in advance. Tickets will be available at the door on a space-available basis.

Renowned saxophonist Joseph Wytko kicks off the series with a recital on Aug. 28 (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m. in Katzin Concert Hall. The highlight of the recital is the world premiere of Expressions II by American composer Greg A. Steinke. Just completed on Aug 1, the piece was written and dedicated to Joseph and Anna Wytko. Based on five paintings of abstract master Wassily Kandinsky, the composer describes his five-movement work as a "hearing of these paintings at this moment in time."

Other selections include Nocturne by Swiss composer Conrad Beck, Divertimento by French composer Roger Boutry, Prelude, Cadence et Finale by Alfred Desenclos and Free Improvisation by Wytko. Assisting musicians include from three School of Music faculty: Baruch Meir, piano, and J.B. Smith and Mark Sunkett, percussion; ASU music student Julian Peterson, electronics; and Anna Wytko, saxophone, who is a music student at the University of Minnesota.

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Mary Brennan