Report by Jen Zimmerer The Sonic Kaleidoscope concert took place on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. and featured eight works composed between 1975 and 2015. This eclectic program filled the stage with various electronics and percussion instruments. Rachel Yoder performed William O. Smith’s Solo for Clarinet with Delay System. The piece is made up of five movements and uses a delay pedal as well as extended techniques to explore the versatility of the instrument and performer. Yoder was humming, shouting, chanting, and playing the upper and lower joints of the clarinet separately. Next, Tony Costa performed Three Things You Didn’t Know About the Dark. This 2015 composition is for clarinet and prepared audioRead More →

Report by Zachary Dierickx The Selmer Artists Recital took place on Thursday, August 4 at 2:30 p.m. in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre. The concert began with Jonathan Holden, assistant professor of clarinet at Florida State University, accompanied by Gail Novak on piano, performing Time Pieces, Op. 43 for Clarinet and Piano by Robert Muczynski. Holden delivered an engaging performance, bringing out an electric quality to the first movement “Allegro risoluto.” He displayed nimble phrasing in the third movement, “Allegro moderato,” quickly shifting character between lyrical and forcefully articulated passages. This same quality came through in the final movement, “Introduction: Andante molto – Allegro energico” in which Holden accomplished large registral leaps with ease. Unfortunately, it was announced that Michael Norsworthy, clarinet professor of theRead More →

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 →