Bassoonist David Wells will perform at Northwestern State University Friday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
Wells will perform on baroque bassoon and be joined by NSU faculty Douglas Bakenhus on baroque bassoon, Dennette McDermott on baroque flute and Francis Yang on harpsichord. The program is works by Telemann, Boismortier, Jiri Čart, Fasch and Zachow.
Wells teaches bassoon and music history at the Sacramento State School of Music. He earned the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His dissertation is an expansive history and discography of the bassoon in jazz. He also holds degrees in bassoon performance from Arizona State University and Florida State University,
Wells has taught at the Festival de Música de Santa Catarina in Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil, as well as at the Sequoia and CalCap Chamber Music Workshops in Northern California. He has also given clinics for high school students in California, Wisconsin and Michigan. Wells serves as the director of operations for the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Basoon Symposium, a biennial event that features a competition for young women bassoonists from North and South America.
Wells is principal bassoonist of the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra and the Townsend Opera. He was formerly second bassoonist of the Tallahassee and Mobile Symphony Orchestras, and performs often with other orchestras throughout northern California.