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Saxophonist to offer master class and “A Tribute to Puerto Rico” recital

January 31, 2018, in Latest News, Music

José Antonio Zayas Cabán Casey Rafn

Saxophonist José Antonio Zayas Cabán will offer a master class at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, and “A Tribute to Puerto Rico” recital with Casey Rafn at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Morningside College in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Zayas Cabán was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He says “A Tribute to Puerto Rico” is meant to “help raise awareness for Puerto Rican music and to show solidarity” following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria last year. He feels that by sharing Puerto Rican music, he celebrates the stories that he has heard about the ongoing heroic recovery efforts of the people of Puerto Rico.

Community members may bring saxophones to the master class to participate or just observe. The class will feature some basic saxophone technique as well as a workshop-style critique of students’ work.

Zayas Cabán has taught master classes and performed in Europe, the Caribbean and North America. He has performed with both small and large ensembles, and he has taught saxophone at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. He earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Iowa.

Rafn is an award-winning pianist from Two Harbors, Minn. His performances have taken him around the world. Currently residing in Minneapolis, he holds positions at the Lundstrum Center for Performing Arts, St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, and the Bloomington Chorale. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Iowa.