Dordt College News

Guest saxophone quartet at Dordt College Feb. 1

January 22, 2008


One of the leading saxophonists in the world, Kenneth Tse, will be performing at Dordt College on Friday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium.

Tse (pronounced cheh) plays the soprano saxophone, and is associate professor of saxophone at the University of Iowa Saxophone Studio. Joining him in a saxophone quartet will be Gina Cole, alto saxophone; Scott Sandberg, tenor saxophone; and Colin Young, baritone saxophone, all of whom earned their D.M.A.’s (Doctor of Musical Arts) at the University of Iowa.

Hosted by the Dordt College Music Department, this guest performance is free and open to the public. A 3 p.m. master class is also open to area saxophone players, who should call 722-6204 to indicate plans on attending.

Tse is a native of Hong Kong who became a student of Eugene Rousseau in 1989. He has been a winner of the New York Artists International Competition, debuted in Carnegie Hall in 1996, and has been hailed “a young virtuoso” by the New York Times.

A frequent guest soloist, adjudicator, and clinician in many parts of Asia, Europe, Australia, and the United States, Tse has performed solo appearances with the Des Moines Symphony, the United States Navy Band, Slovenia Army Band, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and many others.

Since publishing his first commercial recording at age 23, Tse has released seven critically acclaimed solo CDs under Crystal Records, RIAX Records, Enharmonic Records and Arizona University Recordings.

The program for the Sioux Center performance includes arrangements by Perry Goldstein, Orlando Gibbons, Elliot Del Borgo, Isaac Albeniz, Jean Francaix, Pierre Vellones, Pavane, Fernande Decruck, and Thierry Escaich.
For more information about Kenneth Tse, or to hear a sampling of his work, see

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