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World-class Tuba Player to Teach, Perform at Anderson University

Internationally renowned tuba player Øystein Baadsvik is coming to Anderson University to instruct music students and perform as part of OcTUBAfest, a month-long celebration of the tuba, which is observed at universities around the country.

Norway-born Baadsvik will perform in a solo concert Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall at AU, 316 Boulevard in Anderson, South Carolina. Tickets to recital are on sale at the Rainey Fine Arts Center box office at (864) 231-2080. General admission is $5.

The day before Baadsvik’s performance, he will coach AU students in three brass instrument classes. AU faculty and students are thrilled that AU students can learn from a world-class tuba player, such as Baadsvik.

“This is an opportunity for us to expose our students to a performer on an international level,” said Associate Professor of Music Dr. David Stern.

AU senior Dustin Bays, a tuba player, agrees.

“This guy is phenomenal,” Bays said, “best in the world in my opinion.”

Students who play other instruments also are excited about learning from Baadsvik.

“What we’re looking forward to is getting feedback from a professional at his level. Not everybody gets that in college,” said junior euphonium player Jake Watson.

In addition to the Oct. 23 concert, the public is invited to watch the Oct. 22 master classes Baadsvik will teach. The first will be held at 4 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall and the second Tuba Quartet master class will perform at 7 p.m. in Belk Theatre. Tickets are not required for either class.

Baadsvik also will work with students Oct. 23, as he instructs brass quintets in the morning and coaches the AU Wind Symphony in the afternoon.

Baadsvik began playing the tuba at age 15 and has played in orchestras around the world. His international career began in 1991 when he received two prizes at the Concours International d’Exécution Musicale in Geneva. In 1996, he made his first appearance in New York City at Carnegie Hall. He has released ten solo CDs during his career.

“He’s unique in that he’s made a career as a solo tuba player,” Dr. Stern said. “That’s nearly impossible.”

During the month of October, the tuba is celebrated around the United States in an event known as OcTUBAfest. Universities throughout the nation host tuba events and concerts in honor of the instrument.

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