Report by Chastine Hofmeister The Backun Artist Recital was held on Thursday, August 4 at 1 p.m. in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre and featured three works for clarinet quintet. Each of the three clarinetists on the program was joined by the talented Miró Quartet. The Miró Quartet was formed in 1995 and is based in Austin, Texas. Their members include Daniel Ching and William Fedkenheuer (violin), John Largess (viola), and Joshua Gindele (cello). Eugene Mondie, acting principal clarinetist of the National Symphony Orchestra, began the program with his elegant rendition of Mozart’s Quintet in A Major, K. 581 (1789). His performance seemed effortless and his amazing command ofRead More →

Report by Anna Roach The RZ Woodwinds Artist Recital began at 10:00 a.m. in Swarthout Recital Hall. The concert featured clarinetist Milan Rericha accompanied by Fatima Alieva on piano. Pièce en forme de Habanera by Maurice Ravel was the first piece on the recital. It set the tone for the recital, with Rericha’s rhapsodic clarinet lines adding drama and warmth to the performance. Rericha and Fatima then performed a rousing Introduction, Theme, and Variations by Rossini. Rericha’s brilliant clarinet playing was both aurally and visually exciting as he took the audience through the dramatic variations. The recital took a more introspective turn with the third recitalRead More →

Report by Jessica Harrie The exhibition hall was buzzing Thursday, August 4 from the very moment that it opened. ClarinetFest® 2016 attendees clamored to try out new equipment and peruse the various wares that were being offered. Exhibitors, though spread throughout several floors and rooms in Murphy Hall, were convenient and easily accessed. I stopped in and spoke to several of the exhibitors about what they had to offer and tried to find out some of the special sales and giveaways that were being offered. Clarinetists looking for a new instrument were not disappointed in the selection available. Buffet, Backun, Selmer, and Yamaha all hadRead More →

Report by Sarah Korneisel The final round of the 2016 ICA High School Competition was held on Thursday, August 4 at 2:00 p.m. Thirty young clarinetists from across the globe submitted digital auditions for the preliminary round. From these, judges Angela Soren (Louisville, Kentucky), Alucia Scalzo (New York City) and Michael Rowlett (University of Mississippi) selected six finalists. For the final round, judges John Sadak (Wake Forest University), Cecilia Kang (Furman University) and Timothy Phillips (Troy University) heard each of the finalists as they performed three required pieces: Hommage à J.S. Bach and Hommage à M. de Falla by Béla Kovács (b. 1937) and Henri Rabaud’s (1873-1949) Solo deRead More →

Report by Jacob Lee At 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Michele Zukovsky presented “Simeon Bellison – An Inspiration and Continuing Legacy,” a personable exploration of the teaching philosophies of the influential Simeon Bellison and his “most talented student” Kalman Bloch (Zukovsky’s father). Zukovsky and pianist Steven Harlos, the accompanist for all of the live music portions of the lecture, took to the stage as the audience enjoyed a recording of Bellison from 1920 played through the hall’s sound system. The talk opened with a discussion of Bellison’s origins in Russia as a child prodigy and acclaimed musician, having held the most prestigious position of first clarinet in theRead More →