I.C.A. board member Stephan Vermeersch enjoying the day in Madrid: Young clarinetists enjoying a group play-along: Friday Evening Gala Concert sponsored by Selmer by Sam Davies The third evening Gala concert at ClarinetFest® 2015 in Madrid took place at 10:00 p.m. at the Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso. This event was generously sponsored by Selmer, who are celebrating their 130th anniversary of Selmer’s beginning in Paris in 1885. The venue was a fascinating church, a mixture of old and new. From the outside it appeared much like a nondescript brutalist-style office building, save for the massive, simple cross. The interior formed a large andRead More →

by Sam Davies ClarinetFest® 2015 in Madrid continued in full swing with its second day, packed with clarinet events of all kinds. At 3:30 on Thursday I had the pleasure of attending a lecture-recital presented by Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr and Walter Verdehr of the world-renowned Verdehr Trio. In 1972, these two fine musicians started their violin/clarinet/piano trio, working over the years with pianists Gary Kirkpatrick and Silvia Roederer. At first, they mainly performed works from the standard repertoire for that chamber ensemble, such as Bartók’s Contrasts. But, as Ludewig-Verdehr said, they realized they wouldn’t be able to play the same few pieces for the rest ofRead More →

Note: Be sure to connect with the official ClarinetFest® 2015 Facebook page (Spanish), I.C.A. Facebook page (English), and Twitter account (@clarinetfest) for updates from the organizers. If you are attending ClarinetFest® 2015 in Madrid and would like to share your photos, you can submit them to editor@clarinet.org and timclarinet@gmail.com. Be sure to include a caption for the photo as well as your name for photography credit. ClarinetFest® 2015, Day 1: I.C.A. Board Recital / Pedro Rubio Lecture Recital / Opening Gala Concert sponsored by Backun by Sam Davies ClarinetFest® 2015 has begun in Madrid, Spain! After traveling from around the world, hundreds of clarinet professionals, students, amateurs, teachers and enthusiasts arrived atRead More →