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HPU’s Atkinson to present senior recital Thursday

Alex AtkinsonBROWNWOOD – April 18, 2017 – Howard Payne University senior George Alexander Atkinson of Haslet will present a senior recital on Thursday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel. The program is free of charge and the public is encouraged to attend.

Atkinson is a music education major from the studio of Stephen Goacher, professor of music.

“We are happy to present Alex Atkinson to our audience in a program of musical variety and unique possibilities in sound,” said Goacher.

Atkinson’s recital program will consist of two compositions for the saxophone composed 200 years apart. The first is a sonata composed near 1730 by George Frederick Handel. Atkinson will perform the sonata on the rarely heard baritone saxophone. In the 1850s, the French composer and theorist Hector Berlioz wrote that the baritone saxophone is the most noble of all instruments, perched on the edge of silence. Atkinson will give his audience the rare opportunity to hear the baritone saxophone demonstrated in the manner Berlioz was speaking. The recital will also include a 20th century sonata for the alto saxophone by the American composer Lawson Lunde.

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500.

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Cutline: HPU senior Alex Atkinson will present a recital on Thursday, April 20.

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