Patnode to perform at Eugene Rousseau Celebration

September 25, 2015

Matt PatnodeDr. Matthew Patnode has been invited to perform at the "Eugene Rousseau Celebration” on October 2 and 3, held at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. This event celebrates the career of concert saxophonist and pedagogue Eugene Rousseau, who has led an illustrious career spanning over 70 years and has performed as a soloist across North America and on five continents since his Carnegie Hall debut. He was lauded as “a brilliant saxophonist and distinguished artist” by Marcel Mule, former Professor of Saxophone at the Paris Conservatory and one of the early founders of the classical saxophone. Dr. Rousseau was awarded the title of Distinguished Professor of Music from Indiana University, having served there from 1964–2000, and he joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota in 2000.

This event has been organized by Dr. Rousseau’s students and colleagues. Twenty-five saxophonists from North America, South America, and Europe have been invited to perform solos at this two-day concert series. Former students, now professors, from the University of North Texas, Iowa, Oregon, Vancouver (B.C., Canada), Costa Rica, and Geneva, Switzerland, will perform throughout this two day event.

The opening recital will feature saxophonists each performing a work from Eugene Rousseau’s early recital programs. Dr. Patnode will perform “Concertstucke” by Pierre Max Dubois on the opening concert on Friday evening. Saturday’s concerts will feature standard works and chamber pieces,commissioned or recorded by Rousseau. The closing concert will feature famous concertos performed by former students with the University’s wind ensemble and orchestra, and will also feature Dr. Rousseau.

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