Saxophonist James Flowers, adjunct professor of saxophone at Westminster College and of woodwinds at Thiel College, will present a guest artist recital at West Virginia University’s Creative Arts Center, Wednesday (March 9).

The recital will be held at 8:15 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A) and is free and open to the public.

Performing with him will be pianist Nancy Zipay DeSalvo, associate professor of music at Westminster College.

The program will include: “Prelude, Cadence, et Finale” by Alfred Desenclos (1912-1971); “Towers of Dalmatia” by Daniel Perttu (b. 1979); “Sonata for Flute and Piano” by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963); “Mysterious Morning III” by Fuminori Tanada (b. 1961); “Fantasie” by Gabriel Faur� (1845-1924); “8 Airs Autour Du Tango” by Gustavo Beytelmann (b. 1945); “Tango-Etudes” by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992); “Vals Venezolano” by Paquito D’Rivera (b. 1948) and “Contradanza” by D’Rivera.

Flowers won first prize at The Music Teacher’s National Association Chamber Music Competition, The Coleman National Chamber Music Competition, and was a finalist at the 2004 North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference Solo Competition.

He has presented various programs at the North American Saxophone Alliance national and regional conferences, the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, the Heidelberg New Music Festival and the International Villa-Lobos Festival.

He has toured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and performed with The Cleveland Duo, Wayne Newton, Marie Osmond, Bobby Vinton, Ben Vereen, Mary Wilson from the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, The Fifth Dimension, Al Martino, Deana Martin, Cleveland Fats, The Carmen Mico Orchestra, State Street Jazz, and the jazz trio Stretch.

In an effort to promote new works for the saxophone, he commissioned music written by Braxton Blake, Matthew Brazofsky, Patrick Burke, Jason Howard, and Daniel Perttu.

DeSalvo, a Steinway artist, performs extensively across the United States as a professional accompanying pianist and chamber music collaborator. Her guest solo appearances have included performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. She also worked as a collaborative pianist in the studio of renowned violin teacher Dorothy Delay at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.

For more information, contact the College of Creative Arts at (304) 293-4359.


CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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