Recital Celebrates Lynn Klock’s 35-Year Faculty Career

March 23, 2014

After 35 years as professor of saxophone in the department of music and dance, Lynn Klock is retiring at the end of the spring semester. In celebration, Klock will perform a concert in Bezanson Recital Hall on Sunday, April 6 at 8 p.m. with professors Nadine Shank, piano, Klock’s wife Laura Klock, horn, and Stony Brook University associate professor Eduardo Leandro, percussion.

“For my final recital I chose works that are particularly meaningful and important to me and my career. I will perform “Suite for Alto Saxophone and Percussion” to honor and thank Charles Bestor for writing this piece for me; it has won many awards over the years.“ It was professor emeritus Bestor who was head of the department in 1980 Klock was hired. 

The concert includes two world premieres, one by professor of double bass and composition Salvatore Macchia, and the other by Amherst College professor Eric Sawyer. “Sal has been a treasured colleague and very important to my career. I’m grateful to him for writing music for me and Laura.” Macchia introduced Klock to Marc-Antonio Consoli whose work, “Saxlodie,”was written for Klock and Shank, and will part of the concert.

“It has been a privilege to be a part of the music and dance department and teach at this university. I will greatly miss my students and colleagues, but I look forward to having more time available to concertize and present clinics,” said Klock.

Klock recently reached another milestone in his career. His CD “Links,” which he has been working on over a period of 10 years, was just released on Albany Records. “The CD provided a remarkable opportunity for me to do an entire disk of concertos written just for me on soprano and alto sax,” said Klock. He recorded the concertos with the Virginia Wind Symphony, Dennis Zeisler, conductor. “I’m thrilled with the completed CD. Because it was always hard to find time when all of us were available to record; the CD needed to be done over a long period of time.” The disk includes works by Brian Balmages, Samuel R. Hazo, David Jex, Catherine McMichael and Grigoras Dinicu. Klock has been an enthusiastic performer of new music for the saxophone for more than 40 years, with dozens of composers having written new works for him. Previously, Albany Records released his CD “Connections,” a collection of new works for baritone saxophone and piano.

lock has appeared as a soloist throughout North America and in Russia, Eastern Europe, South America, Great Britain, Canada, Singapore and the British and American Virgin Islands. He was the first saxophonist to be presented on the Warsaw Philharmonic Recital series in Poland, and the first saxophonist to tour with Musicians from Marlboro in the U.S. Of his debut in Carnegie Recital Hall, Peter G. Davis of the New York Times wrote, “What impressed one most was how expertly Mr. Klock demonstrated the versatility of the instrument, its potential for weaving smooth legato lines, its flexible dynamic range from delicately whispered pianissimo to forceful dramatic statements without any loss of tonal quality, and its virtuoso ability to clearly articulate even the most rapid figures.”

As a Selmer Artist/Clinician and Rico Performing Artist, Klock has presented master classes at national and international conferences, as well as at educational institutions across the U.S. and abroad. He has been the saxophonist and bass clarinetist with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra since 1976. Graduates of his studio at UMass hold college and university faculty positions in the U.S. and Great Britain, have teaching and administrative positions at all levels in public and private schools, and play in the premiere U.S. military bands. Klock can be heard on the Albany, CRI, Open Loop, Gasparo, Mark and Orion labels.

Tickets are $10 general public, $3 UMass students, $5 other students, children and seniors and are available at the Fine Arts Center Box Office, 545-2511, or at fac.umass.edu/musicanddance.