By Staff Reports
(Victorville) – The Music Department of Victor Valley College will host a guest artist recital on Friday September 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the college’s Performing Arts Center. The recital will feature classical saxophonist Michael Couper and pianist ChoEun Lee in program of works for saxophone and piano. This program will also be performed at Carnegie Hall in October. Admission to the VVC recital is free, a parking pass is $2, available at the kiosks which take quarters.
The evening will feature a retrospective of new works written between 1984 and 2015 by such composers as William Bolcom, Joseph Waters, John Plant, Mohammed Fairouz, and Takashi Yoshimatsu, including works written specifically for Couper.
Dr. Couper is an active teacher and performer in the community, with an adjunct appointment at CSU San Bernardino and San Diego State University. His playing has been hailed by The New York Times for his “sweet intensity” and “insinuating smoothness.” Under the pseudonym “Shrödinger’s Sax,” Dr. Couper plays soprano saxophone with the highly virtuosic and unique band SWARMIUS, described as a sonic fusion of hiphop, house-lounge-techno meets modern-classical. As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed internationally as well as within the United States. He holds degrees from the University of Southern California, the New England Conservatory, and San Diego State University.
Dr. ChoEun Lee is currently working at California State University San Bernardino as a collaborative pianist/coach/opera music director. She is active as a collaborative pianist, having given numerous performances in Korea, the United States, Italy, Australia, and New Zealand. Dr. Lee was invited as a pianist fellow at Tanglewood Music Festival in summer 2013 and 2014, and received an opera fellowship at Aspen Music Festival. She has accompanied a wide range of top artists in masters classes including Phyllis Curtin, Håkan Hagegård, Jake Heggie, Anne Sofie von Otter, Dawn Upshaw and Frederica von Stade. Dr. Lee holds a Doctoral degree in Keyboard Collaborative Arts from the University of Southern California, and Master’s degree in collaborative piano studies from the University of Cincinnati.
For more information about this recital contact the college Music Department at 760-245-4271 X 2236 or visit the Performing Arts Center website on the VVC homepage at www.vvc.edu.