Faculty Artist Series: Jeremy Ruthrauff, saxophone

Jeremy Ruthrauff is a saxophonist, composer/improviser and teacher based in the Chicago area active in the concert, jazz and experimental music arenas.

Freelance work involves regular performances with numerous prominent ensembles such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (including regular concerts at Symphony Center, the MusicNow contemporary music series, and performances at the summer Ravinia festival), Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago’s Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theater, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Contemporary Chamber Players (Contempo), Eighth Blackbird, Fulcrum Point New Music Project and the Chicago Saxophone Quartet.

He has given solo and chamber music performances at prestigious venues throughout the United States and in Europe such as Merkin Hall in New York City, the Teatro Rossini in Pesaro, Italy, the Ojai Music Festival (guest artist with the Grammy award-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird), Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago, Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, and the Renaissance Society. He was recently featured as a soloist on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s contemporary music concert series MusicNow performing Jason Eckardt’s work Tangled Loops for soprano saxophone and piano.

Jeremy has premiered numerous new works by leading composers, including recently the world premiere of Jacob TV’s multimedia opera The News with Fulcrum Point New Music Project as part of the Off the Wall concert series at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

He has been invited to give master classes at leading institutions such as the New England Conservatory of Music, American Composers’ Forum, University of Illinois, and others. Recently, he participated in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s program Harmonia at the National Museum of Mexican Art in which soloists introduced music to children from Chicago’s Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods.


This program will be performed without pause, as a single piece with
seven movements. Please hold applause until after the last piece.

Karen Tanaka (b. 1961)
Night Bird for solo alto saxophone and soundtrack (1996)
Traditional shakuhachi piece

(Kohachiro Miyata’s performance; trans. J. Ruthrauff)
Tsuru no Sugomori (Nesting of Cranes) for solo alto saxophone

Jeremy Ruthrauff (b. 1968)
Birdsong for sopranino saxophone and soundtrack (2017)

Joan Tower (b. 1938)
Wings for solo alto saxophone (1981)

Barry Cockcroft (b.1972)
Ku Ku for solo soprano saxophone (1997)

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992); trans. J. Ruthrauff
Abîme des Oiseaux for solo alto saxophone (1940-1941)

JacobTV (b. 1951)
The Garden of Love for soprano saxophone and soundtrack (2002-2003)

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Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 7:00pm

Recital Hall
804 W Belden Ave

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School of Music, (All) School of Music, Faculty Concerts


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