Program Book 2000-2001 page 36
Concert IV: Sax Appeal Program Notes, continued

"The first movement is slow, lyrical and polyphonic, highlighting the serious capabilities of the ensemble. The virtuosic second movement is more blues, jazz, and rock-oriented, and highly energized, even including slap-tongue accents. It's also rhythmically complex. What maintains the classical integrity of the piece despite the popular flavor in the second movement is its tight formal coherence. A three note motive heard as an accompaniment figure at the very opening of the first movement becomes the basis for the whole piece, reaching several climactic expressions in the second movement." - Russell Peck

KIM D. SHERMAN hails from the great mid west and has spent most of her adult life trying to escape it. She makes excellent pie crust and a wide variety of interesting £lans. She has two cats, one of whom, Miss Otis, cannot be touched by anyone but Ms. Sherman. Despite this difficult domestic situation, she got married earlier this year to John Sheehy of the vast Sheehy clan, but she did not change her name. She is a charter member of Gals With Tools.

Ms. Sherman graduated from the Conservatory of Music at Lawrence University, and also studied with opera composer Thea Musgrave. She has written incidental music on Broadway for I Hate Hamlet at the Walter Kerr Theater, and for plays in many regional theaters. For the musical theater, Kim D. Sherman has written scores for HeartLand, 0 Pioneers', The Two Orphans, and Leaving Queens, among others. HeartLand is optioned by Benjamin Mordecai and will be directed by Susan Schulman. 0 Pioneers! is scheduled for touring with The Acting Company in their 2001 season. Chamber works include Real World for classical guitar and english horn, Prairie Diary a song cycle for soprano, piano and clarinet, and Ditties, a comic work for saxophone quartet. For the fall of 2001, Ms. Sherman is commissioned by the San Jose Chamber Orchestra to write a chamber work for soprano, string orchestra and harp, with text based on The Song of Solomon.

"One day I was showing my friend Jayne Atkinson how to use the software program, Finale. I wrote a funny little piece and had the computer play it back. Jayne laughed and said: "It's a ditty!" and Ditties was born. I was invited by the ASQ to arrange it for saxophone quartet, and I wrote the other six movements over the next few months, in between other music projects. " -Kim D. Sherman

Composer/Conductor DAVID STOCK is Professor of Music at Duquesne University, where he conducts the Duquesne Contemporary Ensemble. He has been Composer-in-Residence of the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Seattle Symphony, and is Conductor Laureate of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, which he founded in 1976. He retired as Music Director of PNME at the end of the 1998/99 season, after 23 years of dedication to new music and the living composer.

Amherst Saxophone Quartet Program Book program notes