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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