Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 10:04 AM
As we mentioned in our last blog post about Adolphe Sax #36...
We are excited to report that Adolphe Sax #36 is preparing for its first post-Uberhaul performance! In honor of the 200th birthday of Adolphe Sax and the 20th anniversary of the first North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) biennial conference, saxophonist Wildy Zumwalt will present "The Wagnerian Saxophone," as part of "A Musicale Celebrating Adolphe Sax."
Using #36, Zumwalt will play the "Shepherd's Tune" from Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner. As you may recall, this famous solo is played by the English Horn, but according to Walter Damrosch (through Sigurd Rascher), the solo was originally written for alto saxophone. As part of his performance, Zumwalt alongside Patrick Meighan, will re-enact a skit presented at a party in the Damrosch home by Rascher, Georges Barrere, and Leopold Mannes in 1940. Upon witnessing the skit, Damrosch explained to Rascher that Wagner had originally composed the solo for saxophone, and his reasons for re-scoring the solo for English Horn.
This historic performance will take place on Saturday, March 22nd at 2pm in the Foellinger Great Hall at The University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana as part of the NASA Biennial Conference.
Wildy Zumwalt is an active performer, teacher and scholar of the saxophone with regular appearances in the US and Europe. Recent engagements have included concerts and classes at West Texas A&M University, Carson-Newman College, the 8th International Saxophone Festival in Szczecin, Poland, the Utrecht Conservatory in Holland, and regular performances on The Musical Feast Series in Buffalo, NY. Zumwalt has appeared as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Erie Chamber Orchestra, and he plays regularly with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Additionally he has sat in with the Knoxville Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Western New York Chamber Orchestra, and Naples (FL) Philharmonic among others. He has also been featured in radio broadcasts, including National Public Radio’s Performance Today. Zumwalt is a member of the duo Klang par2 and is currently Associate Professor of Saxophone at the State University of New York in Fredonia.