While earning his doctoral degree at the University of Miami, Jason Kush met David Maslanka while performing and recording his Symphony No. 3 for Wind Ensemble and Concerto for Trombone. During the study and performance of several of Maslanka's works, including pieces for solo, chamber, and large ensembles, Kush developed a heartfelt fondness for the sincerity of the compositions. As a result of this musical connection, Kush contacted Maslanka in the fall of 2011 to inquire about a commission for saxophone, cello, and piano. In December 2011, David Maslanka committed to writing an 8'-10' piece during the fall of 2013, with an anticipated premier date of spring 2014.

Jason Kush (saxophone), Paige Riggs (cello), and Nanette Kaplan-Solomon (piano) will perform the first premier of the new work by David Maslanka on April 25, 2014 in the Swope Recital Hall at Slippery Rock University.

Bio of David Maslanka:

David Maslanka was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1943. He attended the Oberlin College Conservatory where he studied composition with Joseph Wood. He spent a year at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and did masters and doctoral study in composition at Michigan State University where his principal teacher was H. Owen Reed.
Maslanka's music for winds has become especially well known. Among his 40-plus works for wind ensemble and band are Symphonies 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9, 12 concertos, a Mass, and many concert pieces. His wind chamber music includes four wind quintets, two saxophone quartets, and many works for solo instrument and piano. In addition, he has written a variety of orchestral and choral pieces.
David Maslanka's compositions are published by Carl Fischer, Inc., David Maslanka Publications, Kjos Music Company, Marimba Productions, Inc., the North American Saxophone Alliance, OU Percussion Press, and TrevCo Music, and have been recorded on Albany, Reference Recordings, BIS (Sweden), Naxos, Cambria, CRI, Mark, Novisse, AUR, Cafua (Japan), Brain Music (Japan), Barking Dog, and Klavier labels. He has served on the faculties of the State University of New York at Geneseo, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, and Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York, and since 1990 has been a freelance composer. He now lives in Missoula, Montana. David Maslanka is a member of ASCAP.