Wednesday, October 15, 2014

[139] Ascendo3 brings free public concert, student master classes to MTSU

MURFREESBORO — Ascendo3, an internationally recognized trio who create unique collaborations of classical and contemporary music, are coming to MTSU Wednesday, Oct. 22, for a free public concert and master classes for students.

The concert is set to begin at 8 p.m. Oct. 22 in Hinton Hall inside MTSU's Wright Music Building. You can find a printable campus map at

Ascendo3 will conduct their master classes for MTSU students before their concert at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Saunders Fine Arts Building on campus.

Saxophonists Anna Marie Wytko and Joseph Wytko and pianist Cameron Hofmann are known for their international collaborations with contemporary composers, along with programming of new acoustic and electroacoustic works and fresh, bold presentations of works by Bach, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Poulenc, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin and others.

During their MTSU concert, Ascendo3 will perform two Tennessee premieres: “Krypton” by Philippe Gantchoula and “The Subconscious Imagery of Joan Miró” by Dr. Paul Osterfield, MTSU composer and professor of theory/composition.

The trio also will perform Beethoven’s “Trio (Opus 11),” Erik Satie’s “Gnossienne No. 3” and “Gnossienne No. 4” and Astor Piazzolla’s “Le Grand Tango.”

“I am very pleased to have Ascendo3 on campus working with our students,” said Osterfield. “All three members of the trio are top-flight performers and pedagogues. Their performance and master classes promise to be a great experience for all involved.”

Anna Marie Wytko is an assistant professor of music at Kansas State University and an artist-clinician for the Yamaha Corp. She has performed as a soloist throughout the United States and around the world.

Joseph Wytko is a professor emeritus at Arizona State University and an artist-clinician with Selmer Paris and Conn-Selmer USA. He has performed as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and with orchestras in Europe and Mexico and has served as orchestral saxophonist with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra since 1976.

Hofmann is a collaborative pianist, organist and vocal coach who has performed throughout the United States and around the world. Currently a lecturer in collaborative piano at Baylor University, Hofmann also has taught at the University of Minnesota and at Yuba College.

For more information on this and other concerts in the MTSU School of Music, call 615-898-2493 or visit and click on the "Concert Calendar" link.

No comments: