Saxophone recital wows crowd

Yasmin Flores, saxophonist and music professor at UNA, performed several saxophone pieces Nov. 27 in the GUC Performance Center.

Flores, who organized the recital, performed for UNA faculty, staff and students.

“I have played clarinet recitals before, but this was the first time I really performed a saxophone recital at UNA,” Flores said.

Students said they enjoyed the recital and overall atmosphere.

“The concert was an interesting experience,” said Caitlin Plummer, a UNA student who attended the recital. “It was candid and heartfelt, and I really enjoyed being so close to such great talent.”

Flores chose pieces by Jacques Ibert, Paul Bonneau, Paul Creston and Max Bruch that she considered to be standards for saxophone performers.  

The selected works allowed the performers to showcase their range and abilities through several high-energy pieces that pleased the audience.

“I’ve been dying to play these pieces for a long time, and I wanted to introduce them to not only the community but to my students as well,” Flores said.

Flores shared the stage with one of her students, UNA senior and clarinet player Bryant Sharpley, who has performed with her several times.

“It was nice to see a faculty member perform with a student,” said Amanda Frazier, an honors student. “Their collaboration made me feel like they were on the same level regardless of educational achievement.”

Pianist and professor in the math department Jason Briley also accompanied Flores. She said his performance really helped to draw in a broader audience for the recital.