NDSU Music to Host Visiting Artists

September 8, 2010

North Dakota State University Music, in collaboration with Concordia College Department of Music, will host visiting artists on Monday, September 20. Dr. John Sampen, professor of saxophone, Bowling Green University, and Dr. Mark Bunce, professor of composition, Bowling Green University, will present a lecture on music technology and performing at 2:00 PM in Beckwith Recital Hall, NDSU Campus. Additionally, they will present a concert at 8 PM at the Hvidsten Recital Hall, Concordia.

John Sampen is recognized as an outstanding artist in contemporary music literature. He has commissioned and premiered over 80 works, including compositions by Albright, Bolcom, Cage, Subotnick and Ussachevsky. In 1970, he was a recitalist and certificate winner at the International Geneva Concours in Switzerland. A recipient of several NEA consortium and recording awards, Sampen has been involved with commissions, premieres and/or recordings of new music by Adler, Albright, Babbitt, Beerman, Martino, Mays, Shrude, Subotnick and Wuorinen. He regularly performs contemporary and traditional saxophone repertoire in recital with pianist/composer Marilyn Shrude. Currently a Distinguished Research Artist Professor at Bowling Green State University, Dr. Sampen is former president of the North American Saxophone Alliance and clinician for the Selmer Company.

Mark Bunce is a composer, and the recording engineer/electronics technician for the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music and the director of Recording Services at BGSU. He holds degrees from BGSU and Olivet College. A veteran of the recording industry for over 30 years, Bunce has engineered innumerable compact discs and recordings for such labels as Newport Classics, Centaur Records, Opus One, Sony Classics, Koch International, Albany, AMP Records, Orion, Neuma, Vox and Capstone. He has also engineered more than a dozen contemporary music series for public radio, and composed and engineered soundtracks for award-winning corporate videos and PBS signatures.

This visit is sponsored by NDSU, a grant from the NDSU Development Foundation, the Selmer Corporation, and Concordia College.

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