Brian Luce, flute
1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85721-0004
Admission - $5
Fine Arts Box Office
Award winning faculty artists flutist Brian Luce and pianist Rex Woods will
perform a concert of repertoire from Debussy, Martin?, Ibert, Sancan, and a
world premiere of Sonata No. 12 by Christopher Caliendo. The February 20
recital begins at 7:30 p.m. in Crowder Hall.
Brian Luce, flute
An Arizona native, Brian Luce, assistant professor of flute, has performed in a
variety of roles including principal and solo flutist for the Dallas Chamber
Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Midland-Odessa Symphony, and
Johnstown Symphony. In addition, he has performed with the Dallas Bach Society,
Keystone Wind Ensemble and the Dallas Wind Symphony. Receiving top prizes in
competitions including the National Flute Association Young Artist, Myrna Brown
Young Artist, Mid-South Young Artist, and Kingsville Young Artist, he has
appeared at festivals including the British Flute Society, National Flute
Association, Florida Flute Association, and the Flute Society of St. Louis. He
has given master classes and lecture recitals in the United Kingdom, Texas,
Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Illinois, and has been a faculty member of
the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. His articles have appeared in "Flute Talk"
magazine, and his doctoral dissertation on the music of Edison Denisov earned
the 2001 Mary H. Morgan Outstanding Dissertation Award from the University of
North Texas. His performances have been broadcast in Illinois, Texas, and
Michigan, and he has recorded for the Citadel label. He holds doctoral and
master's degrees in flute performance from the University of North Texas, where
he studied with Mary Karen Clardy, Kathleen Chastain and Jacob Berg.
Rex Woods, piano
Pianist Rex Woods has performed in the United States, Canada, Mexico, France,
China and Australia, but is best known to regional audiences for his frequent
artistic performances as both a soloist and chamber musician. Mr. Woods
received his musical education at Brigham Young University, the University of
Arizona, the University of Southern California, and the American Conservatory
at Fontainebleau. He was awarded the Otto Guth Memorial Award from the San
Francisco Opera Center for excellence in vocal coaching and was the recipient
of the Premier Prix de Fontainebleau in chamber music. Mr. Woods holds the
degree of Juris Doctor from Arizona State University. He has served on the
faculties of the University of Texas at Austin and the Interlochen Center for
the Arts. Since 1988, he has taught at the University of Arizona and is
currently serving as the director of the University of Arizona School of Music.
Recent credits include nationwide performances with flutist Brian Luce. Their
recording, "Music of the Superpowers," is available on the Albany label. He may
also be heard in Summit label recordings as a member of The Bruch Trio along
with clarinetist Jerry Kirkbride, and violist Jessie Levine.
Chistopher Caliendo, composer
Composer, guitarist, conductor, teacher and publisher, Christopher Caliendo has
written over five hundred classical/world music compositions, some of which
comprise his American Tangos, American Gypsy, Chamber Jazz, Classical Jazz and
World Music collections. His unique blending of musical styles within the
classical school has attracted a considerable following.
Critics have rejoiced, calling him, "America's next Gershwin" ("Vatican Press,"
Rome). Christopher Caliendo was born in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York. He
studied at the New England Conservatory of Music and graduated with a BA from
Lowell College of Music. Christopher received the prestigious Henry Mancini
Award for Film Composition and was invited by Mr. Mancini to study at UCLA,
where he received his Master of Fine Arts degree with the highest honors in
theory/composition. Other awards endowed upon him include the Artin Arslanian
Scholarship for Humanities; a Decorative Scroll from the City of Los Angeles
for outstanding gifts as a composer, guitarist and teacher; and the Peabody
Grant for Scholarship.
In 1992, Christopher became the first American composer in Vatican history to be
commissioned for the Vatican's Encounters of Sacred Contemporary Music Festival,
held in Rome, Italy. He received a second commission in 1995, and his sacred
two-hour drama, based on four of the Catholic Church's most enigmatic pioneers
in Western spirituality, "The Mystic Saints," was a direct result of those
commissions. Christopher?s television composition resume includes prime time
TV for CBS network's legendary series "Dallas," and for the award-winning
series "Paradise," where he received an Emmy nomination for his work with
composer Jerrold Immel. He has worked with numerous Hollywood legends as
composer/guitarist, including Bob Hope, David Newman, Henry Mancini, and The
In 2005 he became the first composer in motion picture history to re-score a
major motion picture ? the restoration and re-release of Sam Peckinpah's epic
Western, ?Major Dundee.? "The New York Times" calls it, ?a vastly improved
musical score." Intrada Records and SONY Pictures partnered on mastering the CD
sound track released under the "signature" series of great Hollywood film
scores (2006). The DVD release has garnered worldwide praise. Film critic
Leonard Maltin calls the score, "...a tremendous asset and, for Sam Peckinpah
buffs, a great victory."
In 2007 Caliendo received the distinguished Heritage Award from the Academy of
Motion Pictures for his original soundtracks commissioned by 20th Century Fox
for both John Ford?s epic western, "The Iron Horse," and World War I classic,
"Four Sons.? "Film Score Monthly" voted it in their annual poll as one of the
top ten soundtracks of 2007. Following the success of the DVD "Bix Set" release
20th Century Fox hired Christopher to score Borzage's "Lucky Star" and F. W.
Murnau's "City Girl."
An evening of Caliendo's world music compositions was performed live on NPR
radio at the prestigious Sundance Music festival. The Daily News in Los Angeles
called Christopher Caliendo a "wunderkind!" and the "Los Angeles Times"
described his world music performances as "The Best Bet of the evening." Keith
"Musikman" Hannaleck of muzikreviews.com has described Christopher as, "A great
composer ... one of the best musicians in the world."