On Thursday, October 10th at 8:00 p.m., pianist Dr. Yu-Hsuan Liao and saxophonist Jeremy Koch join forces for Arresting Developments, the second concert in the Shepherd Music Salon Series in the W.H. Shipley Recital Hall at Shepherd University. This program examines works that are influenced by a variety of genres and re-developed into a representation of the source material, including a Balinese gamelan, a romantic Canzone, a pit orchestra, a Zappa-esque rock jam and more. It's the story of a jealous saxophone that had little repertoire, and how it stole from composers worldwide to make its music more interesting.
A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Yu-Hsuan Liao received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tung-Hai University, and her Masters and Doctoral Degrees of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from University of Texas at Austin under Danielle Martin, Dariusz Pawlas, and Gregory Allen. She is a piano soloist, collaborative artist, and music educator. She has expanded her repertoire in instrumental, chamber, vocal and choral music in various styles and periods. Yu-Hsuan worked with American Repertory Ensemble and performed piano solo, chamber and accompanying vocal music in the company's performance series. Her solo performance with A.R.E. was nominated for best instrumentalist in the Austin Critics Table Award for season of 2008-2009. She gave a piano lecture-recital based on her published book (2009) titled Manuel de Falla's Cuatro Piezas Espanoles: Combinations and Transformations of the Spanish Folk Modes and a solo piano performance in composers' new composition concert at the College Music Society conference in 2010. She is an active member of the West Virginia Music Teachers Association, and has been granted the National Certification for Teacher of Music (NCTM) by Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). Dr. Liao joined the faculty at Shepherd University in 2011 as Director of Keyboard Studies. She regularly gives master classes and is in high demand for adjudication at festivals and competitions around the West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. region.
Based in the Washington D. C. area, Shepherd University saxophone professor Jeremy Koch, is an active saxophonist, chamber musician and teacher. He has been a member of the USAF Band since 1998 where he has been a featured concert soloist on national tours as well as performed with diverse artists such as Tony Bennett, Wynonna Judd, and Kool and the Gang. As a freelance saxophonist, he performs with The United States Air Force Saxophone Quartet, Reed5, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Prince William Symphony Orchestra, Serapis Ensemble, DC Syndicate and Great Noise Ensemble. Committed to teaching, he regularly presents clinics and recitals throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. A proponent of new music, he has premiered solo and saxophone quartet works at numerous conferences of the World Saxophone Congress, North American Saxophone Alliance, International Saxophone Symposium and the American Composers Forum. He can be heard with AUR on America's Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax, Volume III performing John Howell Morrison's Light Possessing Darkness. He formed a new music duo, Six Impossible Things, commissioning and encouraging young composers by introducing these works to the general public. Koch holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from Luther College in Decorah, IA, where he was a two-time concerto competition winner. He received a Master of Music Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he performed with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, Prairie Ensemble, and Estilo Chicago. His teachers include Debra Richtmeyer, Jonathan Helton, Michael Chesher, and Jean-Marie Londeix at Le Domaine Forget.
The Shepherd University Music Salon Series concerts take place in the W.H. Shipley Recital Hall of the Frank Arts Center and begin at 8:00 p.m. Open to the public, admission is free, donations suggested. For more information call 304-876-5555 or visit www.shepherd.edu.