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K-State Today

May 2, 2018

New album featuring K-State’s tuba professor Steven Maxwell is released this week

Submitted by Steven Maxwell

Album Cover, Maxwell's "Pretty Please!"

Steven Maxwell, associate professor of tuba and euphonium in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, has released his first solo CD titled "Pretty Please!" on the Emeritus Recordings label. The title of the album is drawn from Maxwell's relationship with the composers represented as he commissioned each new work.

The album features the world premier recording of five compositions by award-winning composers including "Rhapsody" for tuba and piano, "Op. 94" by Daniel Baldwin, "MaxwellI" for solo tuba and chamber ensemble by Robert Denham, "Shedder's Corner" for tuba and piano by Joshua Daniel Britt, "Interplay" for tuba, bassoon and piano by Sy Brandon, and "Absurdities" for tuba and digital media by Paul Hunt, professor of music at Kansas State University.

The recording also features the following K-State faculty: Amanda Arrington, piano; Susan Maxwell, bassoon; Tod Kerstetter, clarinet; Karen Large, flute; Jim Johnson, trumpet, Jaqueline Fassler-Kerstetter, horn; Paul Hunt, trombone; and Kurt Gartner, director.

The CD is available through Maxwell's website and will soon be available through CD Baby, Apple Music and Spotify.

The production of this album was made possible in part by grants from the Co-Op Press Recording Grant, Emeritus Recordings and Kansas State University.

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