Saxophonist Dr. Thomas Liley will be visiting the Murray State University campus on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, for a recital, master class and lecture, for the benefit of students, music teachers and the community. The event is sponsored by the MSU department of music in conjunction with the Yamaha Corporation.

Liley will perform a recital with pianist and newest MSU music professor Dr. Matthew Gianforte on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The program will feature works by J.S. Bach, Jindrich Feld, Karel Husa, Paul Bonneau, and Giaccomo Puccini.

On Saturday, 10 a.m. through noon, Liley will present a master class featuring woodwind students from the MSU music department. At 1:30 p.m., he will present a lecture, “Know Your Stuff, Know Who You’re Stuffing, Now Stuff ’Em.” All events will be held in the Performing Arts Hall on the Murray State campus, and are free and open to the public. Current and future music educators are especially encouraged to attend.

Liley, a Yamaha artist, has performed throughout the United States and abroad in solo and chamber music recitals and as a soloist with well-known conductors such as Karel Husa, Sir Vivian Dunn, David Gregory, and James Barnes. His repertoire encompasses the standard saxophone literature, and includes his own transcriptions, as well as works written specifically for him by Claude Baker, James Barnes, William Davis, and Frederick Fox.

A charter member of the World Saxophone Congress, Liley has also long been involved with the North American Saxophone Alliance. He has many articles and publications to his credit, including The Cambridge Companion to the Saxophone, and his most recent biography, Eugene Rousseau: With Casual Brilliance, published earlier this year.

Liley is a teacher of national and international reputation. He has presented classes in China and Hong Kong over the last several years and has served as a guest faculty member at several universities across the United States. Currently, Liley is professor of music at Joliet Junior College in Illinois and a faculty member of the Shell Lake Arts Center in Wisconsin.

Liley holds the doctor of music degree from Indiana University, where he studied with renowned virtuoso Eugene Rousseau.

For more information on any of these events, contact Gianforte, at (270) 809-6443 or by email at

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