West Virginia University musicians will celebrate the saxophone with a special recital Thursday, April 7, at 8:15 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A) at the Creative Arts Center .

The recital is sponsored by music faculty member Curtis Johnson and graduate student Jonathan Brink. Johnson said it will be a cross-section of eclectic and diverse styles of saxophone performance, including modern, classical, jazz, rock-influenced, and standard idioms.

Special guest Don Wilcox, who is retiring this spring after 34 years as director of bands at WVU , will conduct the WVU Saxophone Orchestra and talk about his experiences with the founding fathers of modern classical saxophone Larry Teal, Marcel Mule and Sigurd Rascher.

Other special guests include The Traverser Saxophone Quartet and The Phoenix Jazz Project.

The recital is free and the public is cordially invited to attend. For more information, contact the WVU College of Creative Arts at (304) 293-4841 ext. 3108.