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Report by Sam Davies The final day of ClarinetFest® 2016, Sunday, August 7, was dedicated to the memory of Guido Six, a longtime member of the ICA community and highly influential proponent of clarinet choirs. On this day, 17 clarinet choirs held performances to honor his memory. Four of these choirs performed in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. First was the Central Oklahoma Clarinet Choir, directed by Jenny Rucker. The group started the day’s concerts with the brisk and energetic Rolling Thunder March by Henry Fillmore (arranged by Matt Johnston). Next, Dawn Marie Lindblade performed as soloist in an arrangement of Baermann’sRead More →

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Report by Anna Roach The Houston Symphonic Band Clarinet Choir concert, A Tribute to Guido Six, began at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 7 in the Swarthout Recital Hall. This community ensemble from Houston, Texas, was conducted by Fred Angerstein. The clarinet choir’s first selection was Divertimento No. 1 (Hommage a de Falla) by C. Camillion and arranged by Guido Six. It featured Timothy Zamora and Sheela Patterson on soprano clarinet in a lovely solo section of the piece. Lover’s Prayer by Roland Cardon and arranged by Guido Six was the next piece on the program. The work was unique in that it featured the alto clarinet which was played by JenniferRead More →

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Report by Chastine Hofmeister On Sunday, August 7, ClarinetFest® was taken over by 17 different clarinet choirs. This set a record for the most clarinet choirs performing in a single day at any ClarinetFest®! Appropriately, this day was dedicated to honoring the memory of Belgian clarinetist and longtime ICA member Guido Six, who was tragically killed in a traffic accident last year. Guido led the Claribel Clarinet Choir, was slated to conduct a choir at this year’s ClarinetFest®, and was preparing to host the ICA in Belgium in 2018. The clarinet choirs that performed today did a fine job of honoring him.   The Colorado State UniversityRead More →

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Report by Emily G. Kerski  Sunday morning opened at 9 a.m. with a unique concert in Swarthout Recital Hall celebrating the recent clarinet works of James M. David, professor of composition at Colorado State University. David was joined by his CSU colleagues and other Colorado-based clarinetists who performed four of his solo and chamber pieces. This was David’s seventh ClarinetFest® appearance. The program’s theme was derived from the quote: “writing about music is like dancing about architecture,” a notion that spoke to the abstract and subconscious nature of music. David introduced and gave a brief background of each piece before it was performed. The program opened with Fantasy Etudes Book V, the most recent work, composedRead More →

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Report by Amanda McCandless On Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 7 p.m. the ICA Professors Clarinet Choir Concert took place in the Lied Center Auditorium. Over 40 college professors participated in this ensemble conducted by University of Florida clarinet professor Mitchell Estrin. The concert began with Matt Johnston’s arrangement of the Marche Militaire Francaise by Camille Saint-Saens. The work was  lively and upbeat, a fun way to begin the concert. Then the ensemble paid tribute to Guido Six with a moving rendition of “Nimrod” from Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar, arranged by Jeanie Murrow. Next was A Butterfly Coughs in Africa, a quirky and intriguing original clarinet choir work by Paul Richards. The ensembleRead More →