Faculty recital to feature saxophonist Andy Wen, pianists Robert Boury and Leann Hatley

UALR sign at the entrance on S. University Dr near University Plaza on January 28, 2016.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host a faculty recital featuring associate professor Andy Wen on saxophone and recently retired music professor Robert Boury and guest pianist Leann Hatley on piano. 

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in the UA Little Rock Fine Arts Building. The event is free and open to the public.

The program includes “Concertino da Camera” by Jacques Ibert, “The Nouvelles Etude Variees” by Jean-Marie Londeix, Jeanine Rueff’s Concertino, Op. 17, and Improvisation 3 by Ryo Noda.

Following the intermission, the concert will continue with the world premiere of “Sepia Tone @ 27” by L.A. Longrande, “Four Spanish Dances” by Sy Brandon, Neil Flory’s “Apparitions of Deep Memory,” Boury’s 2017 piece “Dialogue,” and “Rock Me!” by Barry Cockroft.

For more information, contact Dr. Andy Wen at aywen@ualr.edu or 501-569-3102.

More information about the musicians:

Wen is an associate professor of saxophone and clarinet at UA Little Rock, a founding member of the Arkansas Saxophone Quartet, and plays principal alto saxophone in the Little Rock Wind Symphony.

He earned his Doctor of Music Arts from the University of Georgia, studying saxophone with Kenneth Fischer and clarinet with Theodore Jahn. Wen’s performances have taken him to 25 states, Belgium,  Canada, China, France, Japan, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and Thailand. He has performed concertos with bands and orchestras, solo recitals, and chamber concerts, and has released two CDs, “Apparitions” and “Apparitions 2,” with Emeritus Recordings.

Boury, a professor of music history and composition who retired from UA Little Rock in December, wrote the music for “UALR Spirit,” the university’s alma mater. Since 1986, Boury has hosted the annual Songwriters Showcase for students enrolled in his songwriting class and for songwriters in the community.

He has also been a composer-in-residence in K-6 schools in North Little Rock as well as Booker T. Washington Elementary and Rockefeller Elementary schools in Little Rock and Mount St. Mary Academy. He has composed many art songs, piano and chamber pieces, three symphonies and most recently, three children’s operas. Currently, he is creating works based on the names of God in the Bible, titled  “Dialogue.”

Hatley received her Bachelor of Arts  in piano and Bachelor of Science in printing management from Arkansas State University. She has accompanied numerous operas, musicals, choirs, and solo instrumentalists/vocalists throughout central Arkansas both in professional settings as well as in high schools and colleges.

A collaborative pianist at UA Little Rock since 2007, Hatley currently sings with the Arkansas Chamber Singers and is church pianist/organist at St. Anne’s Catholic, Christ Lutheran, and Park Hill Christian churches. In her spare time she enjoys repairing iPhones and iPads and resides in Sherwood with her husband, three children, and five cats.

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