Duo 35 is ready to Rock The House! Todd Oxford and I will be performing Saturday afternoon, April 14 at 2 pm at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas as part of the International Woodwind Duo Symposium (IWDS) on April 13-14, 2018! Below are the complete IWDS conference schedule, our Duo 35 performance program and program notes, and a special treat: a cool video of IWDS Director, Masahito Sugihara, discussing his Awea Duo, the IWDS Symposium, and more! ClarinetMike says, “HEY! All Symposium Events are FREE and Open to the Public! CHECK IT OUT!!”
Symposium Schedule (website)
Gaertner Performing Arts Center Recital Hall
Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.
Friday, April 13, 2018 (click the name to see program information)
3:30pm Duo Rodinia
4:00pm Ikigaioto Duo
4:30pm Roberto de Guzman & Ellie Parker
5:00pm Proud Duo
7:30pm Featured Guest Artist Recital with King-Lyman Duo and Citizens of Nowhere
Saturday, April 14, 2018 (click the name to see program information)
8:30am Darkwood Duo
9:30am Duo Zúñiga-Guandique
10:00am King-Lyman Duo Masterclass
11:00am Synergy 78
11:30am Greg Dewhirst and Andy Wright Duo
11:45am Riel Duo
1:30pm Three Reeds Duo
2:00pm Duo 35
2:30pm Citizens of Nowhere Masterclass
4:00pm Closing Concert featuring the Competition Winners
Vendor Booths: 8:00am-4:00pm in Room 201
High School Duo Competition: 9:00-10:00am in Room 205
Young Artist Duo Competition: 9:00-10:40am in Room 202
IWDS Director Masahito Sugihara Interview:
Michael Dean, clarinet
Todd Oxford, saxophone
Saturday, April 14, 2018, 2:00pm
Gaertner Performing Arts Center Recital Hall
Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas
Talking Pictures for clarinet & soprano saxophone (1984) – Amy Quate (b. 1953)
Timing: 20 minutes
Composer Amy Quate works in a wide variety of musical styles, forms, and media. Her career encompasses commissioned compositions, musical performing, computer music, computer graphics, audio and video technical work, and multi-media production. She has published both literary and musical compositions. For the Tenth World Saxophone Congress (September 1992, Pesaro, Italy), Professor Debra Richtmeyer, Vice President of the North American Saxophone Association, commissioned Ace of Swords, a work for alto saxophone, percussion and piano. Quate’s instrumental compositions include an alto saxophone sonata commissioned for the Seventh World Saxophone Congress, Light of Sothis (1982, Leduc), Laguna Madre (1988, Leduc) for soprano saxophone, and several tuba solos published by CCP/Belwin.
In 1984, Amy Quate received the Grand Prize of the American Chamber Music Composition Competition for her soprano saxophone and clarinet suite, Talking Pictures, a piece commissioned for the grand opening of the Dallas Museum of Art. Quate’s university degrees are a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, New York), and a Master of Music in Composition from the University of North Texas.
Duo 35 is a dynamic chamber ensemble featuring Michael Dean on clarinet and Todd Oxford on saxophone. The Texas-based duo engages and entertains audiences with a fresh and versatile repertoire of mostly new music. Duo 35 recently performed to enthusiastic audiences in a wildly successful tour of Alabama and Texas that included a featured performance at the NACWPI 2017 National Conference at the University of Montevallo.
American Clarinetist Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” performs and teaches internationally and across the USA to consistent praise such as, “world-class clarinetist and pedagogue,” “consummate performer,” “inspirational,” “outstanding teacher,” “super,” “brilliant performer,” and “one of the best clinicians I have ever seen.” Dr. Dean’s career is headlined by appearances at Carnegie Hall, ClarinetFest, NACWPI, Royal Northern College of Music, and Eastman School of Music, with recent recitals and master classes in Italy, Spain, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Louisiana, and Texas. He is featured on five commercial CD’s and recently recorded a new CD, Postcards from Silver Lake, due in 2018. For 11 years he was a clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony and has given more than 300 clinics, master classes, and performances at high schools, universities, and conferences. As “ClarinetMike,” he writes for his widely-read ClarinetMike Blog – viewed in 150 countries on 6 continents, www.clarinetmike.wordpress.com. After a successful 20 years of teaching clarinet at the university level, Dr. Dean relocated to his native Texas in 2012 due to family concerns. He is currently an active clarinet performer, teacher, clinician, and blogger based in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. He is a BG France Performing Artist. His professional website is www.clarinetmike.com.
Todd Oxford has appeared as a concert artist, recording artist and on radio and television in Europe, Asia, Mexico, Canada, and across the USA. Recent engagements include Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, CAMI Hall in New York, and Texas Rangers Ballpark performing for 30,000 fans. International appearances include Europe, Mexico, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Thailand, and Indonesia. He has appeared on the artist rosters of Columbia Artists Management, Texas Commission on the Arts, and Arts Mid-West. His professional awards include two consecutive New York Debut Awards, six Global Music Awards, Grammy Award nomination, and a recent feature in Billboard Magazine. He appears on eighteen commercially available recordings on the Equilibrium, Mark, Navona, Kairoi, and JLG record labels with worldwide distribution via iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and major online retailers. He is an Artist Endorser for Eastman Saxophones and Associate Professor of Saxophone at Texas State University. His professional website is www.toddoxfordsaxophonist.com.