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Released May 20, 2004


HATTIESBURG -- Lawrence Gwozdz, professor of saxophone in the School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently returned from Copenhagen, Denmark, and Helsinki, Finland, after an investigative study of saxophone literature. Under the auspices of a fellowship from the American-Scandinavian Foundation, Gwozdz visited the libraries at the University of Copenhagen, Edition Samfundet, Wilhelm Hansen, SNYK, Da Capo, and the Finnish Music Information Center. Gwozdz also was a soloist with the Filharmonia Baltycka in Gdansk, Poland, performing Alexander Glazunov's "Concerto in E-flat" and the "Meditation" composed for Gwozdz by New Orleans composer Stephen Dankner. Gwozdz also gave the world premiere of the "Concerto for Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra" composed for him by Eric Funk. The performance took place with the Montana State University Orchestra, with the composer conducting and receiving an immediate standing ovation. During his visit, Gwozdz offered master classes at the university, as well as for the Bozeman High School and Belgrade Intermediate School music programs.



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