May 3 benefit to launch public fund-raising for new music building

Internationally renowned saxophonist Eugene Rousseau, an alumnus of the University of Iowa School of Music, will return to headline a benefit event to launch public fund-raising for a new music building at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 3, in the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City.

The Voxman Music Building was abandoned after it was heavily damaged by the 2008 Iowa River flood, and the School of Music is now operating out of several temporary locations.

Tickets are $25 ($10 for youth 17 and younger; $5 for UI students with a valid UI ID). For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit

The proceeds from this concert will only be used to fund the non-federal share of the project cost or for project improvements, and will not be used to duplicate any benefit under the Public Assistance Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Rousseau, who received a UI Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1998, will perform with both student and faculty classical ensembles during the first half of the concert, featuring works by Hindemith, Beethoven, and Heiden.

The second half will feature Rousseau on saxophone and clarinet with the Johnson County Landmark jazz band under the direction of John Rapson. Selections will include the standards “‘Round Midnight,” “Body and Soul,” “Harlem Nocturne,” and “Woodchoppers’ Ball.”

Rousseau has performed across America and on five continents. He was the first to give solo saxophone recitals in Paris, Berlin, Vienna, London, and Amsterdam.

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