Hendrix Hosts Alto Saxophone Recital

Andy Wen

CONWAY, Ark. (February 5, 2013) - The Hendrix College Department of Music will present a recital by Dr. Andy Wen, associate professor of saxophone and clarinet at the University of Arkansas Little Rock, on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Reves Recital Hall. Dr. Wen will be assisted by Hendrix music professor Dr. John Krebs, piano.

Dr. Wen will also present a master class at 4:15 p.m. that day. The recital and master class are free and open to the public.

The program will include:

  • Concertino by Sy Brandon
  • Moduli mundi by Dr. Karen Griebling
  • Mai by Ryo Noda
  • Pulled by L.A. Logrande (Susan Antonetti, flute)
  • Billie by Jacob Ter Velduis

Wen is a founding member of the Arkansas Saxophone Quartet and plays principle saxophone in the Little Rock Wind Symphony. He has performed in 23 states, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Japan, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and Thailand. His performances include concertos with bands and orchestras, solo recitals, and chamber concerts. He has premiered three concertos and recently released a CD titled Apparitions (Emeritus Recordings). He presented the first saxophone recital in the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan and was a two-term treasurer of NASA. He has performed at conferences of NASA, ASBDA, World Saxophone Congress, Southeast Composers League, Hawaii International Conference of Arts and Humanities, Etats Generaux Mondiaux du Saxophone, Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, the Georgia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania Music Teachers Associations, and Music Teachers National Association where he was the 1990 MTNA National Collegiate Artist Competition winner. His performances have been broadcast on radio and television in Ohio, Texas and Arkansas. Wen has premiered over 25 solo and chamber compositions including those by Baker, Bell, Boury, Brandon, Chaudoir, Flory, Fox, Griebling, Harbison, Keckley, Lauba, Logrande, McKinney, Newell, and many others. He studied with Jean-Marie Londeix, Eugene Rousseau, Kenneth Fischer, and Allyn Reilly and is a Conn-Selmer clinician and plays Selmer saxophones.

A native of Iowa, Dr. Krebs holds degrees in piano performance from Northwestern University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Maryland. After teaching at Central Missouri State University, Prince George's Community College, and Luther College, Krebs has been at Hendrix College for the past 20 years. At Hendrix, his teaching duties have included music theory, music history and literature, an opera survey course, jazz history, and studio piano. He has also served as chair of both the Hendrix music department and humanities area. An avid collaborative pianist, Krebs has performed in Canada, Germany, Iceland, Slovenia, Scotland, and Thailand. He has been an active member of Music Teachers National Association at the local, state, and national levels, and in 2011 he was named an MTNA Foundation Fellow.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country's "Up and Coming" liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.