Dr. Colin Mason, a saxophone player who is on the music faculty at Temple College, will give a free recital Sunday, Oct. 21, at 3 p.m. in the Jackson-Graeter Backstage Theatre.
Mason will perform both original compositions and arrangements in a variety of historical styles, encompassing works from the Baroque period, the Romantic period, and 20th century compositions. Featured composers will include Arcangelo Corelli, César Franck, Paule Maurice, Ramon Ricker and Michael Davis.
Temple College music faculty members Dr. Leon Couch III and Dr. Benjamin Irom will collaborate with Mason at the recital, along with well-known local pianist David Perez-Guerra.
Mason is a professor of music and director of the Temple College Jazz Ensemble. He also teaches the Saxophone Studio, Music Literature, and is lead alto saxophonist with the Temple Jazz Orchestra. He has performed across the United States with Indian Tabla Artist Sandip Burman. Engagements have included the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the University of Mississippi, Black Rock Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C., Western Washington University, University of North Alabama, University of Alabama-Huntsville, Murray State University, Tulsa University, Providence College, Morehouse State University, Middlebury College and Western Connecticut State University, among many others.
Mason is founder of the Southwest Horns, a jazz saxophone ensemble that has been the featured group at the 2008 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, guest artists at the Coe College Jazz Summit in 2006, and the opening performers for The University of Memphis Jazz Week in 1999 and 2011. They presented a clinic at the 2005 IAJE Annual Conference as well as clinics at state music educator conferences in Michigan, Texas, California and Arizona.
Mason earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music education with a jazz emphasis from The University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Music degree in saxophone performance from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor of Music in jazz studies performance from San Diego State University.
The Jackson-Graeter Backstage Theatre is located in the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center. For more information on this concert and other events sponsored by the Temple College Fine Arts Division, call 254-298-8555 or visit www.templejc.edu.