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by Jason Alder On Sunday 30 October 2016 the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain (CASSGB) hosted a Single Reed Day in honor of the organization’s 40th anniversary. The event was held at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in central London and included recitals, masterclasses, an Under-19s clarinet competition, a saxophone composition competition, and a trade hall along with presentations by some of the sponsors. Performances were held in two main concert halls, with two other rooms being used for presentations and the clarinet competition.   The day began with a mass single reed choir led by James Rae in the MusicRead More →

Report by Melissa Morales The final event for ClarinetFest® 2016 took place on Sunday, August 7 at 3 p.m. in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre. The Festival Clarinet Choir was comprised of 35 members and was led by conductor Raphael Sanders. The choir opened with Claribel (2000) by Roland Cardon. They played with a full, lush sound and brought the melodies to life, accentuating the fun and comical character. Following the Cardon was a quartet feature piece Concertante for 4 clarinets and Orchestra (1833) by L.A.B. Schindelmeisser. The choir was accompanied by four esteemed clarinetists: Julianne Kirk Doyle (Suny Potsdam), Blake Arrington (United States Air Force), MUCM James LoganRead More →

Report by Melissa Morales The final evening concert for ClarinetFest® 2016 took place Saturday night at 8:15 p.m. in the Kansas Lied Center Auditorium. The concert was hosted by Buffet Crampon, one of the festival’s platinum sponsors. Before the performances began, President and CEO Francois Kloc gave an encouraging talk about the power of music and the community we all belong to. His address was kind, inspiring, and laced with humor, warming the audience for the thrilling performances to come. The evening featured several Buffet artists during the evening and all gave rousing performances as the conference began to draw to a close. The firstRead More →

Report by Melissa Morales and Rachel Yoder At 7:30 p.m. on August 6, the ICA Awards Ceremony was held at the Lied Center of Kansas. President Caroline Hartig began by thanking ClarinetFest® Artistic Directors Bob Walzel and Stephanie Zelnick for their work in organizing the festival. A moment of silence was held for clarinetists that had passed on in the past year. Next, Hartig announced that the ICA had voted to award three clarinetists with Honorary Memberships, who will be recognized at the 2017 ClarinetFest® in Orlando, Florida: Eddie Daniels Luis Rossi Richard Stoltzman Hartig thanked John Cipolla for completing six years of service as president-elect,Read More →