Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble

"Bloomington's musical Tuesday was capped by premieres, five in two concerts. Because of scheduled overlap, I was able to experience just three of them...A 7 p.m. faculty recital in Auer Hall given by faculty composer/pianist David Ward-Steinman offered four new works, of which a pair came early enough for me to hear before heading to the Musical Arts Center and an 8 o'clock program by the IU Wind Ensemble, which held a Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble, written by an alum of the university, Chris Rutkowski.

..... Chris Rutkowski's new alto saxophone concerto was just one of several highlights heard during the IU Wind Ensemble concert, interestingly planned and ably led, as one expected, by Stephen Pratt. But it earned special plaudits for the imagination displayed in its content, the craftsmanship manifested in the orchestration, and the range of opportunities it gave the soloist, the gifted Thomas Walsh, who seemed to have a grand time as he headed into a musical vista that merged jazz and classical traditions and, as the composer states, provided an "emotional arc" that moved through "anger, loss, reflection, appreciation and celebration."

Peter Jacobi, "Music review: IU Wind Ensemble and David Ward-Steinman. Five premieres in two concerts overlap in one night of music"

Bloomington Herald-Times, March 27, 2008

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