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Otterbein to Host Recital Featuring Saxophonist Noa Even and Pianist Casey Dierlam

September 01, 2016
Otterbein University

Westerville, OH — Saxophonist Noa Even and pianist Casey Dierlam will perform a recital entitled “Frame of Mind” at Otterbein University at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call (614) 823-1508.

The program will include works of female composers, including Ida Gotkovsky's Brillance (1974), Marilyn Shrude’s Shadows and Dawning (1982), Stacy Garrop’s Pieces of Sanity (2007), and Fernande Decruck’s Sonate en ut# (1943).

Brillance was composed in 1974 for the final examination of the saxophone class at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Each movement captures a mood ranging from delicate to intense, serious to humorous. Shadows and Dawning is inspired by nature’s fascinating miracle — the passage of darkness to light, simply put, “dawn.” Each movement of Pieces of Sanity represents a frozen snapshot of a particular state of mind. The piece is inspired by Harry Potter’s final journey through J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Of the over 40 works for saxophone by Fernande Decrucke, Sonate en ut# is one of the few which is still extant. It was most likely written originally for the viola, and reworked to be possible on the saxophone.

Noa Even is a Cleveland-based saxophonist dedicated to sparking deeper interest in the arts of today through the performance of contemporary music. She has performed nationally and internationally as a member of the saxophone duo Ogni Suono. Her saxophone and drum set duo, Patchwork, collaborates with composers to build an eclectic body of new music. She won 3rd place at the Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition in 2011 where she performed as a soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2013, she soloed with the BG Philharmonia as winner of Bowling Green State University’s Concerto Competition. Noa placed in the 2009 MTNA Young Artist and Chamber Music Competitions in the woodwind category. As a guest lecturer and clinician, Even has presented numerous master classes and clinics at schools across the country and abroad. She is assistant professor of saxophone at Kent State University. She is a Conn-Selmer artist and performs exclusively on Selmer-Paris saxophones.

Casey Gene Dierlam is an avid performer of contemporary music and is devoted to working with and promoting the music of innovative new composers, both through solo performances and collaborative endeavors. While working on her degrees in piano performance at the University of Illinois, she was involved with New Music Ensemble concerts and Composer Forums. She was a recipient of the Urbana Public Arts Grant; won first prize at the Rose Petroff College Piano Competition held in San Antonio, Texas; and won the 21st Century Piano Commission Competition at the University of Illinois. She has been a finalist at the St. Louis Artist Presentation Society Competition and an alternate for the New Orleans International Piano Competition, and received Honorable Mention in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition. Dierlam she was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame. She regularly performs for student and guest artist recitals throughout the Midwest, and is the collaborative piano coordinator for the biannual North American Saxophone Alliance conference and the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition in Columbus, Georgia. Currently she is teaching piano at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.

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