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Croatian chamber ensemble to perform Nov. 5

The UWRF Wyman Series, in collaboration with the UWRF Music Department, will present present the Croatian chamber ensemble, The Zagreb Saxophone Quartet, with special guest artist, American saxophonist Eugene Rousseau.  The concert will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5,  at 7:30 p.m in Abbott Concert Hall, Kleinpell Fine Arts Building.  The event is free and open to everyone!  The concert will feature a broad range of music from classical to jazz, including traditional and contemporary works by composers Franz Joseph Haydn, Phil Woods, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and Croatian composer Boris Papandopulo.  UWRF Professor of Music David Milne will perform Frederick Fox's composition, S.A.X. with the Zagreb Saxophone Quartet.  

Founded in 1989, The Zagreb Saxophone Quartet performs to enthusiastic audiences throughout the world to great acclaim. Over the last 24 years, the Zagreb Saxophone Quartet continues to perform with their founding members, Dragan Sremec (soprano saxophone), Goran Mercep (alto saxophone), Sasa Nestorovic (tenor saxophone), and Matjaz Drevensek (baritone saxophone).  The Zagreb Saxophone Quartet brings a superb level of artistry to their performances with a level of technique and expressiveness, beautifully showcased in a blend of classic saxophone literature and exciting new compositions.  The Zagreb Saxophone Quartet is currently on a tour of the United States, performing concerts and leading masterclasses at Baylor University, Brigham Young University, University of Minnesota, and University of Wisconsin-River Falls.  

The Zagreb Saxophone Quartet will be performing with special guest artist, Eugene Rousseau.  Dr. Rousseau has s performed across North America and on five continents since his Carnegie Hall debut. The legendary saxophonist Marcel Mule described Rousseau as “a brilliant saxophonist and distinguished artist,” and critics the world over have echoed Mule’s praise.  Rousseau’s artistry has inspired many “firsts," including the first solo saxophone recitals in Paris, Berlin, Vienna, London, and Amsterdam.  A dedicated educator, Dr. Rousseau currently serves as Professor of Saxophone at the University of Minnesota, following serving as a Distinguished Professor of Music at Indiana University School of Music.  Dr. Rousseau's long-standing contributions to the saxophone community include serving the Yamaha Corporation as chief consultant in saxophone research, co-founding the World Saxophone Congress in 1969, and serving as President of the North American Saxophone Alliance.