Lawrence Gwozdz takes the stage Oct. 6 for his next faculty recital
at The University of Southern Mississippi, expect a few surprises.
His concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center auditorium
will include two premieres along with other works composed specifically
for Gwozdz by international composers.
with Lois Leventhal, professor of piano in the School of Music at
Southern Miss, Gwozdz will open the program with two French Baroque
dances by Jean-Philippe Rameau, followed by a work, "Tre Pezzi,"
written by colleague and composer Luigi Zaninelli.
I first came to Southern Miss, I asked Luigi Zaninelli for the only
piece I knew he had composed for the saxophone, titled 'Misterioso,'
which I heard performed by my predecessor, Kenneth Deans,"
Gwozdz said. "Soon afterward, we exchanged ideas to edit his
collection of flute works that included the selection I'm performing
in the concert. The pieces are very charming, graceful, and haunting--and
work beautifully on the saxophone."
of the program will include works that were composed especially
for Gwozdz. Following Zaninelli's works will be "Cadillac Mountain"
from John Worley's "Coastal Sonata." Worley composed a
large work that musically describes four attractions in Maine, one
of which is Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the north Atlantic
Dance," a humorous solo work by the Greek composer Dimitri
Nicolau, will receive its first American performance. Premiered
at the Lutoslawski Festival in Poland, it was motivated by the Italian
film, The Sky of the Moon.
Brumbeloe will then join Gwozdz in the world premiere of "Dancing
Ripples" by the Japanese composer Dai Fujikura.
very expressive work comes from a young, energetic composer now
living in London," Gwozdz said. "He has already captured
awards at some of the best contemporary music festivals in Europe."
finale will bring together an ensemble of Gwozdz and Leventhal with
violinist Stephen Redfield and cellist Alexander Russakovsky, also
faculty colleagues. The group will perform the romantic "Quartet"
by New Orleans composer Stephen Dankner.
no stranger to the area, having had two of his works performed by
the university's Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of musical
director Jay Dean.
on Albany and Crystal Records, "Simply Gifts," "An
American Tribute," "Rascher International" and "An
American Concerto Tribute to Sigurd Rascher," have aired on
National Public Radio and have received stellar reviews nationally.
His latest release, "Special Hand'ling" on Romèo
Records includes transcribed music of Handel.
Gwozdz is returning
to Southern Miss after a sabbatical leave that included solo performances
in Poland and at the World Saxophone Congress with the Congress
Symphony Orchestra in Minneapolis, Minn.
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