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Saxophonist to perform concert Oct. 5 at Southeastern

Saxophonist to perform concert Oct. 5 at Southeastern

Press Release Date: 9-15-2011

DURANT, Okla. – Dr. Lawrence Gwozdz, saxophonist, will appear in concert at Southeastern Oklahoma State University on October 6. The concert will take place in the Fine Arts Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. and there is no admission charge.

In addition, Gwozdz will lead a masterclass for Southeastern students on Wednesday, October 5, at 4 p.m., also in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Gwozdz has achieved an international reputation for his success in revealing the qualities inherent in the classic saxophone as intended originally by its inventor, Adolphe Sax.

Gwozdz’s concerts have included major cities in Asia, Europe and North America.

His debut in New York’s Weill (Carnegie) Recital Hall was described in Musical America as an “extraordinary performance of contemporary music” with “the kind of timbre Adolphe Sax most likely had in mind … always with subtlety and taste” (The New York Concert Review). On television Gwozdz appeared with famed organist Diane Bish on “The Joy of Music”, and has performed concerti and recitals on radio for the Dame Myra Hess series (Public Radio International), Czech Radio-Prague, Croatian Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, and other networks.

Gwozdz is also known for his annotated translation of the German book, Das Saxophon by Jaap Kool (Egon Pub., Baldock, England). Various composers — Samuel Adler, Walter Hartley, Zdenek Lukas, Armand Russell, Robert Starer, Roger Vogel, John Worley, and others — have dedicated new works to him.

As Professor of Saxophone at the University of Southern Mississippi, he has established a studio that continues to receive worldwide attention. His student soloists, quartets, and the Sax-Chamber Orchestra have performed by invitation in major cities. Gwozdz has studied saxophone with Ronald Tyree, Robert Fought, Laurence Wyman, and the renowned artists Sigurd Rascher and Jean-Marie Londeix. His degrees include the DMA from the University of Iowa, the MM from the University of Nebraska, and the BME from Fredonia State University College of New York.

For more information about this concert, please contact the Department of Music at 745-2088.