Keith Zimmerman concerts
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Keith M. Zimmerman, former band
director at Lincoln Junior High and currently a professor at Bradley
University and Illinois Wesleyan, will present faculty recitals at both
universities in early November in a slightly delayed celebration of his 50
years of saxophone playing as a student, teacher and professional performer.
The recitals will be Nov. 4 at
7:30 p.m. in the Dingledine Center at Bradley and Nov. 7 at 1 p.m.
in the Westbrook Auditorium of Wesleyan University's Presser Hall.
Both recitals are free and open to the public.
Joining Zimmerman will be pianist
William R. West, who is an Illinois Wesleyan professor of flute,
saxophone and music theory and a flute player with the Opera
Illinois orchestra. Zimmerman and West have presented performances
together for nearly 20 years.
The November recital program
features soprano and alto saxophones and includes a transcription of
the 6th Sonata for violin by Nicolas Chedville, which was long
erroneously attributed to Antonio Vivaldi; Dutch composer Henk
Badings' Cavatina for soprano saxophone; Burnet Tuthill's 1939
Sonata for alto saxophone and piano; Henri Tomasi's Ballade for alto
saxophone and orchestra, here performed in piano reduction; Bernhard
Heiden's Sonata for alto saxophone and piano; and "Saxophobia" by
1920s saxophone phenomenon Rudy Wiedoeft.
Zimmerman is a founding member of
the World Saxophone Congress and the North American Saxophone
Alliance and has frequently performed for regional, national and
international meetings of those bodies. He has appeared in concert
in Canada, France, England and Germany and many parts of the United
States as a soprano, alto and tenor saxophonist.
In addition to being saxophone
professor at Bradley and saxophone and music education professor at
Illinois Wesleyan, Zimmerman continues to be in demand as a private
saxophone teacher for many students from a large geographical area
of central Illinois.
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He was associated with Lincoln
Junior High from 1967 to 2000, while also teaching part-time at
Illinois Wesleyan. He was the saxophone and music theory teacher for
the summer band camps at Wesleyan for 25 years and has served the
Illinois Music Educator's Association as saxophone auditioner for
the all-state festival bands for 29 years.
From 1982 to 1995 he frequently
played lead alto saxophone for the Ringling Brothers Circus and
since 1994 has been first alto saxophonist with the Pekin Municipal
He joined in founding the Illinois
Saxophone Quintet in 1972 and played in the group until it disbanded
He is a saxophone artist and
clinician for The Selmer Company, whose Serie III Paris Selmer
saxophones he plays.
He completed B.M.E. and M.M. degrees
in saxophone performance from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1967
and 1970, respectively, and did graduate study with American concert
saxophone pioneer Cecil Leeson at Ball State University.
Zimmerman was also a student of
Canadian concert saxophonist Paul Brodie and, as the recipient of a
scholarship from the French Ministry of Culture, pursued extensive
post-graduate study in France with Daniel Deffayet, professor of
saxophone at the Paris National Conservatory.
A cover story interview in the
January-February 2002 issue of the international publication "The
Saxophone Journal" extensively profiled Zimmerman's career as a
saxophone player and teacher.