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Spring Recitals

This spring, I’ve finally gotten my act together enough to give nearly back-to-back recitals at CSU Stanislaus and Sacramento State. The two programs are very similar, and feature French music from the 1930s and ’40s. I’ll be playing two pieces for bassoon and piano, both concours pieces from the Paris Conservatoire: Gabriel Pierné’s Prélude de Concert sur un thème de Purcell, Op.53 and Henri Dutilleux’s Sarabande et Cortège. At CSU Stanislaus, these will be accompanied by Eugène Bozza’s Sonatine for flute and bassoon. At Sac State, they’ll be paired with two reed trios: Jacques Ibert’s Cinq pièces en trio and Darius Milhaud’s Pastorale.

I’m especially excited that the second half of each concert will feature my swing quintet, Hot Club Faux Gitane (with Billy Gay and Eric Johnson on guitars, Gary Williams-Guichard on mandolin, Jake Myers on bass, and me on bassoon). This group (seen in the posters below), is loosely modeled on Django Reinhardt‘s Quintette du Hot Club de France, which was active in Paris in the 1930s and ’40s. I’ve been playing with the group for almost three years now. We play a mixture of the classic gyspy swing repertoire, other jazz standards, tunes from the post-Django gypsy tradition, and originals. This will be the group’s second appearance at CSU Stanislaus, but the Sac State concert will be our Sacramento debut. Details and posters for the two concerts are below.

Thursday, February 20, 7:30pm
Snider Recital Hall, CSU Stanislaus, Turlock, CA (map)
Buy Tickets – $12/$8 students and seniors
With: Yan Yan Chan (piano), Jeannine Dennis (flute), and Hot Club Faux Gitane

Sunday, February 23, 6:00pm
Music Recital Hall, Sacramento State, Sacramento, CA (map)
Buy Tickets – $10 general/$7 seniors/$5 students
Live Stream
With: John Cozza (piano), Sandra McPherson (clarinet), Deborah Shidler (oboe), and Hot Club Faux Gitane

Spring 2014 Poster - StanislausSpring 2014 Poster - Sac State

Posters for CSU Stanislaus (left) and Sacramento State (right). Click for larger versions.

CSU Stanislaus Recital Poster and Streaming

Many thanks to Kristina Stamper at the CSU Stanislaus School of the Arts for creating this wonderful poster for my upcoming recital. You can watch the concert live (Feb. 21, 7:30pm Pacific) on the web right here.

Download the full concert program.

CSU Stanislaus Recital Poster

Recital – California State University, Stanislaus

CSU Stanislaus

Two weeks from today, I’ll be giving my first faculty recital at California State University, Stanislaus. I joined the faculty there last fall, and this will be my first official performance at the school. Two of my colleagues there, Jeannine Dennis and Daniel Davies, will perform with me, along with friends/colleagues from Sacramento State and University of the Pacific. The program is a bit of an odd one. There’s not a particular theme – it’s simply a collection of pieces I wanted to play and people with whom I wanted to collaborate. Four of the pieces are 20th or 21st century duos, three of which are by living composers. This preponderance of newness is offset a bit by one of my favorite Vivaldi concerti.

The details:

Thursday, February 21, 7:30pm
Snider Recital Hall, CSU Stanislaus, Turlock, CA (map)
$12 general admission; $8 students/seniors/faculty (buy tickets)

Stephen BlumbergDesert Rains for clarinet and bassoon
Pierre Max Dubois – Petite Suite for flute and bassoon
Bruce ReiprichWhen the Pines Sleep it is Autumn for two bassoons
Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto in G Minor, RV 495
Gernot WolfgangCommon Ground for cello and bassoon

With:
Daniel Davies, cello
Jeannine Dennis, flute
Nicolasa Kuster, bassoon
Sandra McPherson, clarinet
Faythe Vollrath, harpsichord

Spring Events at Sacramento State

Sacramento State logo

Today begins an exciting semester full of bassoon events at Sacramento State. Most events are free, and all are open to the public. We’ve got student performances, guest artists, a masterclass or two, and I’m playing both a baroque concerto and two programs of new and recent music. See the Music Department Calendar for parking and ticket information and other details.

Taylor Haugland with John Cozza, piano
Junior Recital
Thursday, February 28, 4pm (Capistrano Hall Room 151, free)

Junior Performace/Music Education major Taylor Haugland will perform works by Camille Saint-Saëns, Carl Maria von Weber, Jean Daniel Braun, and Carl Nielsen.

Brett Van Gansbeke, baroque bassoon
Guest Artist Recital and Masterclass
Thursday, March 14, 4pm (Capistrano Hall Room 151, free)

Brett Van Gansbeke holds the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with one of the world’s preeminent Baroque bassoonists, Michael McCraw. Dr. Van Gansbeke will perform a short recital of works by Baroque composers, and then work with Sac State bassoonists in a masterclass format.

Scott Pool, bassoon and Steven Caplan, oboe with Natsuki Fukusawa, piano and Robin Fisher, soprano
Guest Artist Recital
Tuesday, April 2, 7:30pm (Capistrano Music Recital Hall, $10 general, $7 senior, $5 student)

Guests Scott Pool (Assistant Professor of Bassoon, University of Texas at Arlington) and Stephen Caplan (Professor of Oboe, University of Nevada Las Vegas) are joined by pianist Natsuki Fukusawa and soprano Robin Fisher in a recital of works by Rachmaninov, Sunny Knable, Jenni Brandon, Miguel del Aguila, and others.

TuBassoon (Julian Dixon, tuba and David A. Wells, bassoon)
U-Nite at the Crocker Art Museum
Thursday, April 11, 5-9pm (216 O Street, Sacramento, CA, free with museum admission or Sac State ID)

This low-down duo will perform numerous short works as part of an evening of music, dance, theater, photography, design, art, film, and poetry at the Crocker Art Museum.

Ohne Name (Dana Jessen and David A. Wells, bassoons)
Faculty/Guest Artist Recital
Thursday, April 25, 4pm (Capistrano Hall Room 151, free)

Ohne Name performs 20th and 21st century repertoire written or adapted for two bassoons. This concert will include works by Igor Stravinsky, Sofia Gubaidulina, Marc Mellits, and William Davis.

Sac State Bassoon Studio Recital with John Cozza, piano
Tuesday, May 7, 8pm (Capistrano Music Recital Hall, free)

Featuring individual performances by the members of the bassoon studio plus the antics of the Sac State Bassoon Quartet.

David A. Wells with Camerata Capistrano, under the direction of Lorna Peters
Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto in G Minor, RV 495
Sunday, May 12, 4pm (Capistrano Hall Room 151, $10 general, $7 senior, $5 student)

Antonio Vivaldi wrote a staggering 39 concertos for bassoon, of which 37 exist in complete form. The Concerto in G minor (RV 495) is one of the most intense of these, and displays the composer’s masterful grasp of both the technical virtuosity and emotional depth attainable on the bassoon. Other works TBA.

Recital – Festival of New American Music

2012 FeNAM Poster

2012 FeNAM Poster (larger image/pdf)

On Friday, November 9, I’ll be giving a recital as part of Sacramento State’s 35th annual Festival of New American Music. The festival itself runs from November 1 until November 10 and includes numerous concerts, master classes, composer’s forums, and performances in local schools. Augusta Read Thomas is this year’s keynote speaker, and other guests include Third Coast Percussion, Citywater, Calliope Duo, JACK Quartet, Travis Brass, Allen Vizzuti, and Rootstock Percussion. And amazingly, all the events are free and open to the public. See the poster at right for the full schedule.

The idea for this concert came to me last year. While planning for my April recital, I realized that I had a whole stack of recent music by American composers that I wanted to perform. So, I set much of that aside for this fall. In its now final form my program consists of five pieces, which I think do a good job of demonstrating the wide variety of music that has recently been written for bassoon. Four of the five pieces were written in the last five years; the “old standard” of the program is André Previn’s Sonata, published way back in 1999. I’m excited to be playing works by three composers who I know personally, and to be giving the premiere of a work by one of them, my Sac State colleague Stephen Blumberg. My recital (and many of the other FeNAM concerts) will be broadcast live via the school’s Livestream Channel.

The details:

Festival Ensemble: David A. Wells, bassoon and friends
FeNAM 2012
Friday, November 9, 8pm
Capistrano Hall, Sacramento State (map)

Stephen BlumbergDesert Rains for clarinet and bassoon (World Premiere)
David DiesKai-‘r/xhqt(i)s (West Coast Premiere)
André PrevinSonata for Bassoon and Piano
Erik Spanglera firefly in the belly for bassoon and electronics (West Coast Premiere)
Gernot WolfgangLow Agenda

With:
John Cozza, piano
Thomas Derthick, bass
Sandra Moats McPherson, clarinet