Friday, July 28, 2017 It’s hard to believe three days have already come and gone here at ClarinetFest®2017! Today was another full schedule, with many area students joining in the festivities for the Middle School/High School Day. The concerts began today with another wonderful potpourri recital in the Sun/Surf room. The incredibly diverse program featured cornerstone works in the repertoire as well as ground breaking works for unique ensembles. The competitions continued today with the High School Competition. Area middle and high school students attending were able to see the incredible talent of the competition finalists. All finalists performed wonderfully for the panel of judges.Read More →

ClarinetFest® 2017, Day 3: Feature Recital – UCF Percussion Ensemble The Feature Recital performed at 4:30 pm on Friday, July 28, 2017 featured the University of Central Florida Percussion Ensemble (Theodore Jackson, Matthew Malhiot, Paul Yorke, Deborah Parsons, Madison Schafer, Joshua Albert, Joey Noble, Jonathan Collazo, Christopher Baird, Nicholas Chase and harpist Elizabeth Gerberding), directed by Thad Anderson. The percussionists accompanied both ensembles and soloists, performing each piece with great sensitivity and outstanding technical ability. Composer Howard J. Buss introduced the first piece on the program, Spectrum for Bass Clarinet and Percussion Quartet, his newest work for this type of ensemble. Buss lauded the versatilityRead More →

Thursday, July 27, 2017 The second day of ClarinetFest® 2017 has come to a close. Today was packed full of performances, master classes and competitions. It was also the first day in which participants were able to get in to the exhibit hall to visit the vendor booths. Thursday’s festivities began with a World Premiere performance of the Scott McAllister’s Amicitia Suite, which was performed by the commissioning ensemble the Amicitia Duo (Diane Barger and Denise Gainey) along with pianist Dale Williams. The work was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience and McAllister was in attendance for the premiere as well. The day saw many wonderful clarinetRead More →