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October 18, 2012

ISU Visiting Artist concert features saxophonist

TERRE HAUTE — David Dees, associate professor of music at Texas Tech University, and pianist Jun Okada will perform as part of the Indiana State University School of Music Visiting Artist Series at 7:30 p.m. today in the Recital Hall of the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts.

The recital will feature works by Pascal Zavaro, William Bolcom, J.S. Bach, Edison Denisov and Henri Tomasi.

Dees has been a prizewinner in national and international saxophone and chamber music competitions including; the 2010 Ville d’ Avray/Paris International Saxophone Competition, the North American Saxophone Alliance Competition and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. He has performed with the Dallas Symphony and at World Saxophone Congresses in Montreal, Ljubljana, Slovenia; and St. Andrew, Scotland. Prior to joining the faculty at Texas Tech, he was a saxophonist in the United States Army Band (Pershing’s Own) in Washington. He is an artist/clinician for Conn-Selmer.

Internationally sought after as a professional pianist, Okada enjoys an active career, being involved in more than 100 performances annually as a soloist, in duo ensembles, and as a chamber music specialist.

She has received critical acclaim for her expertise in the performance of string, low-brass and woodwind literature. A native of Hiroshima, Japan, she began her musical studies at Yamaha Music School, and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University under the tutelage of Deborah Moriarty.

Admission is free. For more information contact the School of Music at 812-237-2771.

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