Tuba specialist Øystein Baadsvik has traveled the world, but his upcoming performance at The University of Alabama is his first trip to the Yellowhammer State.
Baadsvik performs and offers a master’s lecture in the Moody Music concert hall Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
General admission is $10, senior (55 and over) tickets are $5, and student tickets are $3. Tickets are available online at ua.music.tix.com or by phoning the box office at 205/348-7111.
“He is one of the most accomplished and well-known players performing today,” said Jeremy Crawford, a UA tuba and euphonium instructor. “Øystein tours throughout the United States each fall, and we are very lucky to have him stopping at UA.”
Baadsvik, a Norway native, began his musical career at 18 when he won his first national prize. He is the rare tuba player to have a successful solo career; most tuba musicians go on to play in orchestras or other musical groups.
He has premiered nearly 40 works for Russian, Swiss, Norwegian and American composers and released 11 CDs.
“Few tuba artists travel as far and wide as he does, and students working with him get to be a part of that experience,” Crawford said. “He is a strong advocate for commissioning new tuba music, and students get to work with an artist who is helping shape the way tuba music is being written.”
The concert is the final chapter in the 2014 Master’s Series hosted by the UA School of Music. The Master’s Series allows the Tuscaloosa community to enjoy performances from diverse and decorated artists.
“The Master’s Series brings established experts in the field to our campus in order to lecture, present and perform for our student, faculty and university community,” said Skip Snead, director of the UA School of Music. “It affords our students the opportunity to directly engage and network with experienced and influential artists and researchers in their respective disciplines.”