Faculty concert series holds third installment

December 19, 2007

by Heather Small

The third faculty concert of the 2007-2008 season was presented at 7:30 p.m. last Tuesday in Howard Auditorium, Center for the Performing Arts.

The department of music presented their guest artist Todd Oxford on saxophone and Daniel Immel, an assistant professor of music and head of piano studies and music history, on piano.

Tracy Reeves, a senior music major, said he expected the concert, as well as its participants, to be fantastic.

“I heard [Oxford] warming up his saxophone and it was like, ‘whoa’,” Reeves said. “Everything sounded excellent.”

Oxford is an instructor of saxophone at Texas State University-San Marcos, and a friend of seven years to his counterpart on stage, Immel.

“I met Dan in 2000 at the University of Texas and we just worked really well together,” Oxford said.

The two performed seven works, including pieces by Heiden, Pizzolla, Williams, Amram and Bramwell.

Also on the itinerary was an adaptation, by Oxford, of John Willams’ movie soundtrack, “Catch Me If You Can.”
The works performed ranged from quick-paced pieces, such as Jules Demerssemann’s, “La Carnaval de Venice” to loud and slow, exemplified in Dan Gutwein’s “Tango Magnetism.”

Oxford said he started playing professionally in 1988 and has always been selective in his choice of songs.

“Anytime I choose a piece to perform, I have some emotional connection with the piece,” Oxford said.

The guest saxophonist also said his favorite part of living a musical life is the excitement and the challenge of being in the hot seat.

“It’s very important, I think, to always strive for the greatest you can be,” Oxford said. “It’s something I can relate back to my own students.”

When the sixth piece ended, whistles radiated throughout the audience.
Reeves described the concert as beautiful.

“It was fantastic,” Reeves said. “You know masters of their arts when you hear them play.”

Hope Dablemont, a senior music major, said she enjoyed the concert.

“It was laid-back, but upbeat,” Dablemont said. “I thought the saxophone and piano played really well together.”

Reeves said that students and others who were unable to attend missed beautiful works.
Reeves said, “Both of them … really gave a masterpiece.”