2016-2017 Season

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Phil Barham
Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre in Thompson Theatre 7pm

Saxophonist Phil Barham will perform a variety of works including pieces by Milhaud, Muczynski, Piatzolla, Orlovich and others.

Michigan native Phil Barham’s phenomenal playing has literally taken him around the globe.  ‘An American master saxophonist…’ declared a London critic after Phil Barham’s debut there.  That recital in the Purcell Room, London, was part of his first European tour of debut recitals that also took him to Oslo, Norway, where he played in the Universitetets Aula, and to Geneva, Switzerland, with two recitals, one at the Musee International de la Croix-Rouge and the other in the Palais de I’Athenee.  Audiences and critics agreed with the opinion already offered by The New York Times: ‘…[He has the] ability to swing at a dancing rhythm or to blister through a swift rippling melody…’ published after his New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall. In addition to numerous international performances, such as his Japanese debut concert at Sogetsu Hall in Tokyo, Mr. Barham has received acclaim across the United States. Important solo recitals in the US have taken place at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City and the Dame Myra Hess concert series in Chicago. At a recent concert in the Midwest, one critic was moved to write ‘…world-class saxophonist…technical virtuosity…a dazzling performance that brought the audience to its feet in a standing ovation.’


Reviewers have commented: ‘…A most impressive London debut…brilliant young American saxophonist…’ Winds, UK; ‘Superb’…Le Nouvel Humaniste, Geneva; ‘…bewitching range of tone and flawless passage-work…lulled the senses…engaging rubati…’ Musical Opinion, London; ‘…Playing both alto and soprano saxophones, Mr. Barham illustrated the artist’s sure, facile technique and his suave way with slow, gentle melodies…dashing fleetly through Pascal’s Sonatine and the final section of Creston’s Sonata and making his instrument sing sweetly during the elegy from Poulenc’s Sonata and during Debussy’s familiar La fille aux cheveux de lin.…’ The New York Times

Phil Barham received the Bachelor of Music degree in woodwinds from the University of North Texas and the Master of Music degree in wind instruments/saxophone from the University of Michigan.

Past Shows:

Thursday, February 16, 2017 

Aizuri Quartet


Titmus Theatre, Thompson Theatre  7pm

A top prize winner in the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in London, the Aizuri Quartet, brings its engaging and exciting performance abilities to NC State. 

The Quartet, hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "in full possession of that most elusive of string quartet qualities: the balance between charisma of the individual and cohesion of the collective" will help us welcome Dr. Peter Askim to NC State. Bassist, composer and conductor, Prof. Askim is a recent addition to the NC State Music Department faculty. 

The Quartet will give the premiere performance of Askim's String Quartet  and also perform his piece Inner Voices for viola and his Tangled Nocturnes for violin and viola.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Jeri-Mae Astolfi

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Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre in Thompson Theatre 7pm

Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi is a Canadian-born pianist whose playing has been lauded as “brilliant” (New Music Connoisseur), “persuasive” (Sequenza21), and “beautiful” (American Record Guide). 

Astolfi has commissioned and premiered many new works. She has recorded for Albany Records, Innova Recordings, Ravello Records and the Society of Composers Inc. Of these recordings, Mainly Piano has commented, “Astolfi is the rare artist who seems as comfortable with traditional classics as she is with more experimental music. … Astonishing pianism … her recordings never fail to impress." Her latest album, Piano Sonorities: Music by Betty Wishart, is out on Ravello Records label.

Astolfi will perform contemporary works for piano with and without electronics, including works by Betty Wishart, Yehuda Yannay, Ed Martin, and Jeff Herriott. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Testing, Testing

Truitt Auditorium, Broughton Hall, NC State University 7pm CASH ONLY at the door.

Works for voice(s), for percussion, and pieces of electronic computer music performed by Rodney Waschka. Music by Alden Jenks, the premiere of a new work by Nick Rich, and the North Carolina premiere of a piece for percussion trio. Other works to be presented include tape pieces by Arthur Gottschalk and Jesse Allison.

No photographic or recording devices permitted at the events. Copyright Arts NOW Series.