Faculty saxophone recital set for Tuesday, Feb. 10

Some people introduce themselves by saying hello, but Tennessee Tech University’s new saxophone professor Phil Barham will do it by presenting a faculty recital at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building.

At his Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1987, the New York Times said Barham had the “ability to swing at a dancing rhythm or to blister through a swift rippling melody.”

Works that will be featured in his first TTU show include the Tennessee debut of “As in Stained Light” by Leonard Mark Lewis and “Histoire du Tango” by Astor Piazzolla.

Pianist Paul Thurmond will accompany Barham, who will perform on both alto and soprano saxophones.

Barham received a bachelor of music degree in woodwinds from the University of North Texas and a master of music degree in wind instruments and saxophone from the University of Michigan.

He has performed regularly with the Southwest Michigan, South Bend and Kalamazoo Symphonies and has presented critically acclaimed concerts in London, Oslo and Geneva. He has also appeared on Public Television WNIT’s “Open Studio” and serves as a clinician for the Selmer Co.

His TTU recital is free and open to the public.