Zimmerman to Give Saxophone Recital

September 9, 2013

Bradley University saxophone professor Keith M. Zimmerman will appear in recital in the second of the Music Scholarship Concert Series on Sunday, September 22, at 3 p.m. in the Dingeldine Music Center, located at 1417 W. Barker Avenue. Admission to the performance is $5 and free for students.

The recital will consist of music for soprano and alto saxophones with piano. Joining Zimmerman at the piano will be his long-time friend and Illinois Wesleyan University colleague William R. West.

Opening the program will be a transcription for soprano saxophone and piano of the Vivaldi Sonata 6 in g minor for violin which was discovered in the late 20th century to actually have been written by Nicholas d’Chedville of France but published under Vivaldi’s name to merit more sales. Also for soprano saxophone and piano is Melvin Solomon’s Sonatina consisting of movements that are Mozartian, a Hymn to Andromeda, and a joyously wild group of ethnic dances. On alto saxophone Zimmerman will perform Bernhard Heiden’s Diversion from 1943 which was originally written for saxophone with a small band but works very well in the composer’s piano scoring. The program also includes Chicago composer and entertainer Lawson Lunde’s Sonata No. 2 for alto saxophone and piano and French composer and conductor Henri Tomasi’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone which was written for the 1949 Paris Conservatory final playing exams. Concluding the program will be 1920’s saxophone wizard Rudy Wiedoeft’s Sax-o-phun

Zimmerman is in his 14th year at Bradley. He has appeared in concert in England, Canada, France, Germany, and many parts of the U.S. In 1972, Zimmerman co-founded the Illinois Saxophone Quintet, the world’s only professional saxophone quintet, which continues under his direction. He is a Paris Selmer Saxophone Artist/Clinician and Rousseau mouthpiece artist for Conn-Selmer, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University where he has been a teacher of saxophone and saxophone ensembles for more than 3 decades. He has studied at the graduate level with American concert saxophone pioneer Cecil Leeson at Ball State University, in Canada with Paul Brodie, and in France with Daniel Deffayet, Paris National Conservatory, where he achieved two performance certificates while on scholarship from the French Ministry of Culture.

Call 309.677.2595 for more information.