~Nois will perform Chen Yi's Ba Yin, a concerto for saxophone quartet and wind ensemble, with an ensemble conducted by Chris Kaatz. Kaatz is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting at Northwestern University. He holds degrees from Univeristy of Missouri -- Kansas City and Michigan State University.
As a Distinguished Professor at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, a prolific composer, and recipient of the Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Dr. Chen Yi blends Chinese and Western traditions, transcending cultural and musical boundaries. Her music has reached a wide range of audiences and inspired peoples of different cultural backgrounds throughout the world.