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.
Historias y Danzas was the final piece on the program, a work the composer described as a “full-blown sonata for clarinet and piano.” This four-movement virtuosic work with literary and musical inspirations from the Latino tradition was commissioned in 2014 by a group of sixteen professors from the United States and Canada. Wesley Ferreira and Tim Burns gave a captivating performance to close the concert.