Report by Lisa Kachouee The ClariZona Clarinet Choir, under the direction of Arizona State University faculty Robert Spring and Joshua Gardner, presented a recital at 11:30 a.m. in Crafton-Peyer Theatre, Sunday, August 7. Signifying a devotion to the proliferation of clarinet choir repertoire, ClariZona’s recital included two world premieres. The opening work of the program was written by ASU alumnus Grant Jahn in 2014. Pulse for Clarinet Choir ignited the ensemble’s performance with rhythmic energy and frequently changing meters. Guest conductor Mark Alpizar expertly led the ensemble through the fiery opener before rejoining the ensemble as a performer for the remainder of the program. Soloist Shengwen Wu wasRead More →

Report by Lisa Kachouee Under the direction of Dr. David Shea, the Texas Tech University Clarinet Choir performed at 11:00 a.m. in Crafton-Preyer Theatre on Sunday, August 7. Bringing a diverse program of original works and arrangements spanning nearly 175 years, the TTU Clarinet Choir effectively displayed their versatility. The first selection, A Picture Book Without a Picture was composed in 2004 by Masanori Taruya. Depicting the city of Pompeii during the eruption of Vesuvius, the lamentation in the aftermath, and a reflection on the city’s past, Taruya’s work provided opportunity for the choir to exhibit both their technical and expressive capabilities. Following was an arrangementRead More →

Report by Lisa Kachouee Dr. Jonathan Guist, Associate Professor of Clarinet, led the University of Texas Rio Grande, Brownsville Clarinet Ensemble at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, August 7, in Crafton-Preyer Theatre. Reflecting his commitment to new music and expanding the clarinet choir repertoire, Guist programmed two works by young composers. The first piece, new(er) counterpoint, was composed by UTRGB student Mathew Campbell. Profoundly affected and inspired by the music of Steve Reich, Campbell originally composed new counterpoint for flute choir in 2012. Versions for strings and marimba quartet (2014) and saxophone choir (2015) followed. The clarinet choir version was composed for UTRGB alum Iris Gracia andRead More →

Orange County 5

Report by Sarah Korneisel The Orange County Clarinet Consort gave a performance on the final day of ClarinetFest® 2016, Sunday, August 7, at 12:45 pm. The group had no formal conductor, but first clarinet and artistic director Margaret Worsley frequently conducted the ensemble from her seat. The other present members of the ensemble were Leslie Schroerlucke, Adrienne Geffenn, Zachary Nichols, Kristine Nichols, Hee Jeong Pryztulski, Bill Schroeder, Joshua Phillips, David Aguirre, Michael Hong and Taylor Heap. The program introduced the ensemble thusly: “Orange County Clarinet Consort is a performance ensemble made up of professional and freelance clarinetists and music educators. OCCC’s new affiliation with the CaliforniaRead More →

Prickly Pear 1

Report by Sarah Korneisel The Prickly Pear Clarinet Ensemble performed in Swarthout Recital Hall at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 7, the last day of ClarinetFest® 2016. This clarinet choir consisted of eight members: Cathryn Boethel, Shaun Guzman, Jean Lake, Robert Lake, Leslie Mills, Stephen Moore, Trevor Ousey and Mark Wolocki. Brian Viliunas joined the ensemble to conduct a few pieces. The group filled the hall with sound from the very beginning of the program as they performed an energetic opener, Clare Grundman’s (1913-1996) Caprice for Clarinets. The ensemble displayed exquisite balance, sensitivity, and a lush, warm sound. The especially warm tone of the E-flat clarinet,Read More →