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KU saxophonist performs internationally

Friday, April 13, 2012

LAWRENCE--Saxophonist Javier Valerio has remained extremely busy traveling and performing internationally while pursuing his doctoral degree in saxophone performance at KU.

In the month of February, Valerio was invited as a guest artist by Middle Tennessee State University at their Saxophone Day Event where he gave a master class and performed a recital. Valerio recently performed at the Biennial Conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance at Arizona State University, and he will appear as guest artist for a lecture recital at Kansas State University’s Department of Music on May 1. May 29-June 3 Valerio will participate in a celebration of Frederick Hemke at the Alumni Saxo Orchestra (ASO) at Northwestern University in Chicago; he will perform “FANTAISIE Sur un Theme Original (1860)” for alto saxophone and concert band with the Lawrence City Band on June 20; Valerio will take part in the sixteenth World Saxophone Congress 2012 in St Andrews, Scotland, July 10-15, where he will play the Concertino for Saxophone and Orchestra by the Costa Rican composer Allent Torres as well as a concert with saxophone group SONSAX-Costa Rica; July 6 and 8 Valerio will perform “Solo for Saxophone and Orchestra” by Nelson Ramirez at the North American Culture Center in Costa Rica with the Orquestra Sinfonica de Cartago. Most recently Valerio was invited to Rico Time, an event taking place on July 14 and hosted by Rico Reeds, where he will perform with seven soprano saxophone players to a piece composed by James Saunder.

Valerio will perform his DMA student recital at the University of Kansas on Friday, April 27, 2012, at 7:30pm in Swarthout Recital Hall (free to the public), where he will perform the world premiere of “Cuento #3” by Costa Rican composer Nelson Ramirez. Valerio is pursuing a DMA in saxophone performance at KU under the tutelage of Professor Vince Gnojek. Javier Valerio is an artist of P. Mauriat Saxophones, Eugene Rousseau Mouthpieces and Rico Reeds.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. MUSIC.KU.EDU.

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