UMES' Perez Performs Saxophone Recital

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2009

    Perez, Dr. BrianPRINCESS ANNE, MD-Brian Perez, lecturer of woodwinds at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, will perform a saxophone recital on Saturday, October 24, at 6 p.m. in the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts at the university.  Perez will be performing with Susan Zimmer and Veronica Knier on the piano.

    "I'm excited to bring to the audience a balanced program of well-known works for the saxophone as well as more modern works.  The selected pieces all have a high artistic content, yet will make an immediate connection with the listener," said Perez.  "Composers will include Alfred Desenclos, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Jacob T.V. and more!"

    Although he participated in many forms of music and a wide range of instruments, Perez developed a passion for jazz and classical saxophone during his undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Music in jazz studies, he studied abroad at the L'Aula Conservatori Del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain.  Perez later graduated with honors from the University of Miami with a Master of Music in jazz pedagogy.

    Perez has played with well-known jazz artists Tom Harrell, Byron Stripling and Ernie Watts.  He has played professionally in national tours of the musical, "Singin' in the Rain" and "Oklahoma!"   His performing career has brought him to venues across the globe including Los Angeles, New Orleans, Chicago, Toronto, Spain and Venezuela.

    In addition to being a jazz artist, Perez also has a passion for classical music.  He has performed as a guest artist with numerous orchestras including the Lynn University Orchestra and the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and has presented recitals of chamber music for the saxophone.

    The saxophone recital is $5 for the general public.  Students are free.  Tickets are available at the door.  For more information, call 410-651-6571. 

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    Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580, gcstephens@umes.edu. 

    Suzanne Waters Street, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355, sstreet@umes.edu.