Juniors perform dual saxophone recital

Andrew Shermoen

Jason Lewin and Cale Paquette, two junior music major students, performed a recital Sunday, March 20. The concert was attended by friends, family, faculty and music students who were happy to listen to the musicians.

Jason Lewin has been studying saxophone at Washburn with Craig Treinen and has also performed in several different ensembles at the university, which include but are not limited to The Washburn University Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Combo II and Saxophone Ensemble.

Lewin performed several different pieces. His first piece was a Paule Maurice suite with five movements titled “Tableaux de Provence.” Maurice’s suite details his visual fascination with the scenery and history of Provence, a province of southern France. His fourth movement in the piece was “Dis alyscamps l’amo souspire,” which translates to “A Sigh of the soul for the Alyscamps.” It relates to the ruins of Alyscamps, a former Roman necropolis that, despite its age and wear, still boasts ancient architecture. The Alyscamps are a very popular site for artists. The site has also been painted by Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh.

Lewin also performed Pierre Max Dubois’ “Concerto pour Saxophone Alto,” a piece comprised of two movements. His performance of Dubois’ work got him a standing ovation and a litany of “bravos” from the audience.

Paquette is also a Saxophone musician who has worked with Treinen. Cale has been a member of different ensembles as well, including The Washburn University Wind Ensemble, Jazz I, Jazz Combo I and Saxophone Ensemble. P aguette also was crowned as the winner for the Instrumental division of the 2016 Washburn University’s Symphony Orchestra Concerto/Aria Competition.

Paquette performed “Quatriéme Sonate,” a three movement piece from George Frideric Handel. It is a lesser-known piece by the man known for “Messiah.”

Paquette also performed a concerto from Alexander Glazunov, a fast-moving piece.

The recital was followed by a reception at which Paquette and Lewin joined friends and family for snacks and drinks and were congratulated on their performances.