3:00 PM15:00

Krannert Debut Artist Recital

Wilson Poffenberger, saxophone
Casey Gene Dierlam, piano

Each year, student nominees from the University of Illinois School of Music audition for Krannert Center’s Debut Artist competition. As the winner of this year's competition, saxophonist Wilson Poffenberger will present a recital on the Foellinger Great Hall stage to launch his professional career. This performance presents an opportunity to experience the emerging artistry of a rising young musician and see history in the making.

Fauré: Après un rêve (arr. Poffenberger)
Decruck: Sonate en Ut#
Ravel: Ma Mère l’Oye (arr. Poffenberger)
Schmitt: Lègende, Op. 66
Denisov: Sonate

Each Krannert Center Debut Artist is featured on the Sunday Salon Series, a performance setting specifically devoted to the presentation of emerging young artists in which an intimate atmosphere is created by seating audience members onstage with the performers. This powerful early career boost beautifully symbolizes Krannert Center’s threefold mission of education, research, and public engagement. Previous winners include singers and instrumentalists who now teach and perform throughout the world, including the university’s own Rochelle Sennet and Ollie Watts Davis.


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to Jan 13

41st International Navy Band Saxophone Symposium

  • George Mason University (map)
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I will be presenting an all improvisation program including collaborations with prominent young saxophonists.

Aus den sieben tagen - Karlheinz Stockhausen
I. Richtige Dauren

Improvisation - Sarah Hetrick and Wilson Poffenberger

There Was Yet No Heaven - Vahid Jahandari


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"Les paroles du saxophone", DMA Degree Recital #1
7:30 PM19:30

"Les paroles du saxophone", DMA Degree Recital #1

  • 1114 West Nevada Street Urbana, IL, 61801 United States (map)
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My first DMA degree recital will showcase a program of lyric music for saxophone with impressionistic tendencies. Additionally, I will collaborating with painter Taylor Smith, reader Jessica Nichols. and pianist Casey Dierlam.

Ma mére l’oye - Maurice Ravel arr. Wilson Poffenberger

Sonate en ut # - Fernande Decruck

Légende - Florent Schmitt

Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra - Lars-Erik Larsson
II. Adagio

Concerto for Alto Saxophone - Henri Tomasi
II. Final - Giration

Après un rêve - Gabriel Fauré

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1:30 PM13:30

EMS at 60 Festival

  • 1114 West Nevada Street Urbana, IL, 61801 United States (map)
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I will be presenting Vahid Jahandari’s “There was yet no heaven” for soprano and baritone saxophone and electronics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Experimental Music Studio’s 60th anniversary festival.

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to Jul 14

XVIII World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia

  • XVIII World Saxophone Congress (map)
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There was yet no heaven.....  - Vahid Jahandari (World Premiere)


Jean-Michel Goury and Friends Saxophone Ensemble - 

Gregory Wanamaker (1968): Still Life: Loïe Dances pour ensemble de 12 saxophones (premiere performance)

Jeremie Hudry (1986): Vérités Imaginaires 1 pour trio de saxophones (premiere performance)

Etienne Rolin (1952): Airs de Famille, sax-opera minute pour ensemble de 9 saxophones et récitant (premiere performance)

Jeremie Hudry (1986): Vérités Imaginaires 2 pour trio de saxophones (premiere performance)

Lucas Fagin (1980): Ilusionario pour ensemble de 9 saxophones - Pipe Dream (chimères, illusion), Le Marchand d'Etoiles (rêves, émotion)


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Wilson Poffenberger - "Paths of Obscurity"
7:30 PM19:30

Wilson Poffenberger - "Paths of Obscurity"

My final saxophone recital in Paris, featuring pieces reflecting my work while studying in France. Much of my experience in Paris has been shrouded in a cloak of obscurity...a constant search for balance. Living in a foreign place was difficult, but through this search I found success in my surroundings. This program showcases music that I have experienced whiling struggling to find this balance.

Incanto XIII (2015)+ 
Simone Movio (b. 1978)
Florence Garneau, tenor saxophone
Ötzi (2017)*
Alexis Bacon (b. 1975)
Tadj from Neuf Études pour saxophones (1992-1994)
Christian Lauba (b. 1952)
XX. In Modo Dorico and VII. Toccata (1929)
Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)
Dissidence 1b (2007/12)
Christophe Havel (b. 1956)
Sonate pour saxophone alto et piano (1970)
Edison Denisov (1929-1996)
Nicky Purser, piano
Wend'Kreis (2015)
François Rossé (b. 1945)
Nicky Purser, piano

+ = French premiere
* = World Premiere


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5:00 PM17:00

Rendezvous Musical #29 - Fête de la Cité

J.S. Bach : Suite en do majeur pour violoncelle seule (extraits)
Ren Martin-Doike, alto

Steven Bryant : Hummingbird pour saxophone et electroniques
Alyssa Hoffert, saxophone baryton

M. Ravel: Ma Mere d’Oye
Transcription pour piano et saxophone soprano
II. Petit Poucet
III. Laideronette, impératrice des pagodes
V. Le jardin féerique

Wilson Poffenberger, saxophone soprano & John Kamfonas, piano

René Char : «Contre Une Maison Sèche» de Le Nuit Perdu (Extraits) avec accompagnement improvisé 
Christopher Gellert, narrateur, John Kamfonas, piano & Wilson Poffenberger, Saxophone

Atar Arad: 12 Caprices pour alto seul (extraits)
Ren Martin-Doike, alto

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5:00 PM17:00

Rendezvous Musical #28

Au programme :

Lieder on poems by Hafez (No.2) (d'après un poème de HAFEZ poète persan du XIVe siècle) – M.S.Sharifian
Ruba'i No. 1 : Do Zolfoonat (d'après un poème de Baba Taher poète persan du XIe siècle) – Samin Baghtcheban
In Memory of Ferdowsi (d'après un poème de Ferdowsi poète persan du Xe siècle) – Morteza Hannaneh
Anousha Nazari, chant et Karan Salajeghe, piano

L’Infinie Martine – François Rabbath
Le Cri de Venise – Francois Rabbath
Will McClain Cravy, contrebasse

Improvisation sur des thèmes arabiques
Wilson Poffenberger, saxophone et John Kamfonas, piano

Eternal Morning (Thoreau) – Zach Neece
Jenny Maclay, clarinet et Orlando Bass, piano

Joota / Shoe (Manav Kaul) – Reena Esmail
Léo Marillier, violon et Mark Kaylor, guitar

Mikka – Xenakis
Léo Marillier, violon

4 Mezrab Chahargah – Farhad Fakhredini
Performers TBA

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2:00 PM14:00

Concert des Grands Elèves Classe de Saxophones Crr/pspbb

Concert des grands élèves (dem,cop,pôle supérieur) de la classe de saxophone du Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional / Pôle Supérieur de Paris Boulogne Billancourt.

Salle d'art lyrique au Conservatoire de Boulogne Billancourt, 22 rue de la Belle Feuille (métro Marcel Sembat Ligne 9 ou Boulogne Jean Jaures Ligne 10)

Au programme Bryant, Bernard, Albright, Hindemith,Rolin, Chopin, Sauguet, Havel, Berio, Risset, Lauba, Karg Elert

Salle d'art lyrique 

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5:00 PM17:00

Rendezvous Musical #27

Double Bass Concerto in E-flat major – Johann Baptist Vanhal (1739-1813)
I. Allegro Moderato
Will McClain Cravy, contrebasse et Orlando Bass, piano

Double Bass Concerto No.2 in B minor – Giovanni Bottesini (1821-1889)
I. Allegro
Will McClain Cravy, contrebasse et Orlando Bass, piano

L’Infinie Martine – Franois Rabbath
Will McClain Cravy, contrebasse

Tadj - Christian Lauba (1952)
Wilson Poffenberger - saxophone soprano

XX. In Modo Dorio et VII. Toccata – Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)
Wilson Poffenberger - saxophone soprano

Prélude et Fugue – Sergei Taneyev (1856-1915)
Orlando Bass, piano

Réminiscences de Don Juan – Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Orlando Bass, piano

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5:00 PM17:00

Rendezvous Musical #26


The Lamb - John Tavener (1944-2013) arr. William Blake
I Love my Love - "Cornish Folksong" arr. Gustav Holst
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - Spirituel Traditionnel arr. Peter Knight
Quatour de voix :
Soprano, Aline Gorisse
Alto, Isabel Almario (résidente de la FEU)
Tenor, Alexandre Berg
Bass, Lucas Bedecarrax

XX. In modo dorico et VII. Toccata - Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)
Dissidence 1b - Christophe Havel (1956)
Wilson Poffenberger, saxophone alto et soprano

Préludes opus. 28 extraits - Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
John Kamfonas, piano  

Partita No. 2 en ré mineur pour violon, BWV 1004 - J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
I. Allemanda
II. Corrente
III. Sarabanda
IV. Giga
Darling Geneve Dubberly, violon

John Kamfonas, piano
Wilson Poffenberger, saxophone

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8:30 PM20:30

Concert Expérimental "Dark Side"


Mysterious Morning III - Fuminori Tanada

Tracce - Luca Francesconi

Legend II - Doïna Rotaru

Éclats d’Échos - Vincent David

Jungle - Christian Lauba


Improvisation par Wilson Poffenberger et John Spyro Kamfonas

Engrenages - Andreas Markes

Solist: John Spyro Kamfonas

The Dark Side - Jean Denis Michat

Solist: Wilson Poffenberger

Musiciens: Elvis Sousa, Dmitri Ouvaroff, Mary Osborn, Francisco Rusillo Marquez, Wouter Versavel, Thomas Brun, John Kamfonas et Wilson Poffenberger. 

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5:00 PM17:00

Rendezvous Musical #25 : Spécial Contes

« Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright » - Bob Dylan
« Rain and Snow », chanson traditionnelle
Enzo De Palma, mandoline et chant – Fabian Ortiz, piano

Summertime de Porgy and Bess - Georges Gerschwin
Fatima Cadet-Diaby, voix – Fabian Ortiz, piano

Five Stories - Lydia Davis
Lecture et improvisation musicale
Christopher Gellert, lecture – John Kamfonas, piano – Wilson Poffenberger, saxophone

« La chanson de Kleinzach » de Les contes d’Hoffmann - Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)
Isabel Almario (Hoffman), chant – Ximena Salmeron (Kleinzach), actrice – Will Cravy, contrebasse – Léo Mariller, violon

« Summer in Ohio » de The Last Five Years
Chloe Bingham, chant - April Ward, piano (accompagnatrice invitée)

Sonata for Double Bass and Girl, création de Ximena Salmeron
Will Cravy, contrebasse – Ximena Salmeron , actrice

Mythes pour violon et piano, op. 30 - Karol Szymanowsky (1882-1937)
I. La Fontaine d’Aréthuse
II. Narcisse
III. Dryades et Pan
John Kamfonas, piano – Léo Mariller, violon

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3:30 PM15:30

39th International Navy Band Saxophone Symposium

I will be presenting a short recital at the next Navy Band Saxophone Symposium! Works include Dissidence 1b for Soprano Saxophone and electronics by Christophe Havel and Essay #1 for solo Tenor Saxophone (World Premiere) by Andrew Koss.

Harris Theater at 3:30PM! 


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5:00 PM17:00

Rendez-vous Musical #4

Prélude en do mineur - Agustin Barrios Mangore (1885-1944)
Choro de Saudade - Agustin Barrios Mangore
Mark Kaylor, guitare

Concerto pour Saxophone Alto et Orchestre à Cordes, Op. 14 - Lars-Erik Larsson (1908-1986)
I. Allegro Molto Moderato
II. Adagio
III. Alegro Scherzando
Wilson Poffenberger, saxophone alto  
Nicky Purser, piano

Night of a White Cat, Op. 263 - Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000)
Jenny Maclay, clarinette  
Nicky Purser, piano

Sonate pour violon et piano, 1914 - Leoš Janáček (1854-1928)
I. Con moto
II. Ballada
III. Allegretto
IV. Adagio
Leo Marillier, violon  
Alexandre Lory, piano

KUBA - Ravi Kittappa
Jacob Kopcienski, saxophone ténor

Wilson Poffenberger, saxophone alto
Jacob Kopcienski, saxophone ténor
John Kamfonas, piano

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7:15 PM19:15

Carte blanche aux résidents de la Fondation des Etats-Unis

C.P.E. Bach, Sonata in A minor for solo flute
Wilson poffenberger

J. Brahms, klavierstucke op. 118
John Kamfonas

B. Britten, Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op. 49 (transc. pour soprano saxophone)  
Alyssa Hoffert

Babin, entertainment aspenois
Jenny maclay

George Gershwin, Walking the Dog
Jenny Maclay, clarinet
John Kamfonas, piano

Wilson Poffenberger Saxophone and John Kamfonas


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