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VC professor to perform saxophone music in Faculty Recital Series

By Victoria Advocate
Nov. 2, 2013 at 6:02 a.m.

Victoria College Professor of Music Jonathan Anderson

Saxophone tunes from Victoria College Professor of Music Jonathan Anderson will be featured at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Johnson Symposium on VC's Main Campus.

Hosted by VC's Music Department, the concert is part of the Guest and Faculty Recital Series. It is free and open to the public.

Anderson, a native of Lincoln, Ill., received his early musical training from Selmer clinician and Paris Conservatory graduate Keith Zimmerman. He holds bachelor's degrees in music education and performance from Millikin University and a master of music degree from Ball State University.

Anderson is professor of music and chairman of the Fine Arts Department at Victoria College, where in 2005 he was awarded the "Distinguished Teaching Award" and was nominated for the "Minnie Stevens Piper Award" in education.

During the concert, he will be assisted by Marylynn L. Fletcher, VC professor of music and director of choral studies, on piano, and the JCM Jazz Combo.

He will perform selections from Alexander Glazounov, Johann S. Bach, Paul Creston, Alfred Desenclos, Chick Corea and others.

"The pieces were chosen based on some of my all-time favorites to play and listen to," Anderson said. "Plus, all of the pieces present a different kind of challenge. ... I wanted to choose pieces based on their versatility as well as their level of difficulty."

Anderson continues to play in the JCM Jazz Combo and performs as a freelance musician throughout the Gulf Coast. He volunteers in the Victoria community as vice president and entertainment chairman for the Victoria Fine Arts Association, vice president of the advisory board for the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, and for Bootfest.

"The saxophone was invented in 1840 so it is a relatively new instrument," Fletcher said. "That means the chord and scale structures in compositions for saxophone are complex. Jonathan has chosen compositions that show a nice variety of styles including a transcription of a Bach cello suite."

"As a collaborative pianist, learning the piano parts for saxophone recitals is always challenging because the literature is from the late 19th century or later, mostly the 20th century," Fletcher added.

For more information on the series, call 361-572-6425 or visit VictoriaCollege.edu.

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