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Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 12:51pm

Virtuoso classical saxophonist Andy Wen, a founding member of the Arkansas Saxophone Quartet, will perform a solo recital at 7 p.m. on May 7 in JCC’s Scharmann Theatre.

Dr. Wen’s recital will feature 20th and 21st century works for solo saxophone as well as saxophone and piano. The program will launch a three-day performance residency. All events, except the May 9 concert, are free and open to the public.

The residency is sponsored by JCC’s college program committee, music department, arts, humanities, and health sciences division, and Faculty Student Association.

Dr. Wen and JCC music coordinator Neil Flory will discuss performer/composer collaborations at noon on May 8. Dr. Wen will also conduct a master class for saxophonists and woodwind performers at 4 p.m. on May 9.

As part of JCC’s spring music department concert on May 9, Dr. Wen will perform with the JCC concert band during the New York premiere of Dr. Flory’s new Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble. The work, which had its world premiere in February 2017, was commissioned for Dr. Wen and the Little Rock Wind Symphony.

The May 9 concert, which also features JCC’s choir and jazz ensemble, begins at 7 p.m. in Scharmann Theatre. Admission prices are $4, general public, $3, senior citizens and area students, and $2, JCC FSA members.

Dr. Wen is associate professor of saxophone and clarinet at the University of Arkansas Little Rock and plays principal alto saxophone in the Little Rock Wind Symphony.

Dr. Wen has premiered more than 30 solo and chamber compositions and has taught master classes in the U.S., China, and Taiwan. He presented the first saxophone recital in the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan in 1992. 

He has been published multiple times in the Saxophone Symposium, the official journal of the North American Saxophone Alliance.

Dr. Wen earned a bachelor’s degree at Ohio University, a master’s degree at Indiana University, and a doctorate at the University of Georgia.

Additional details on Dr. Wen’s residency are available by calling Dr. Flory at 716.338.1168.

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