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Master saxophonist Eugene Rousseau to present and perform at Olivet

Posted: Jan 31, 2013

Olivet welcomes saxophonist, master teacher and Yamaha Artist Eugene Rousseau on Thursday, February 28, 2013, for a master class and concert. Both events will be held at Kresge Auditorium in Larsen Fine Arts Center.

The master class from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon is open to the public, in addition to Olivet students, staff and faculty. The concert at 7 p.m. is open to all. There is no admission charge for either event.

Since his debut at Carnegie Hall in 1965, Eugene Rousseau has performed across North America and on five continents. Legendary saxophonist Marcel Mule describes Rousseau as “a brilliant saxophonist and distinguished artist,” and critics the world over have echoed Mule’s praise.

Rousseau’s artistry has inspired many “firsts.” He gave the first solo saxophone recitals in Paris, Berlin, Vienna, London and Amsterdam. His yearly master course at the prestigious Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, from 1991 to 2001 marked the first time the saxophone was included.

He has premiered numerous works written especially for him to perform, including: “Partita” by Juan Orrego-Salas with the Haydn Trio of Vienna; “Skyscrapings” for alto saxophone and piano by Don Freund; “Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra” by Jindřich Feld; and concertos by Libby Larsen, Claude Baker and David DeBoor Canfield. He has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin, the Prague Symphony, the Santiago Philharmonic (Chile), the Tokyo Bach Band, the Budapest Strings (Hungary), the U.S. Army Band at the Kennedy Center and many others.

His recording catalogue includes more than a dozen projects, including his 1971 Deutsche Grammophon project — the first complete collection of saxophone concertos with orchestra. He has recorded with the Budapest Strings, the Winds of Indiana and the Haydn Trio of Vienna.

A native of Chicago, Rousseau is one of the premier members of the saxophone community. Since 1972, he has been the Yamaha Corporation’s chief consultant for saxophone research, contributing to the development of acoustic improvements in instruments and mouthpieces. He co-founded the World Saxophone Congress in 1969.

For more information or to reserve seats for the master class, call 815-939-5110 or email

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