Originally published in The Clarinet 46/2 (March 2019). Printed copies of The Clarinet are available for ICA members.
Welcome to Good Ole Rocky Top!
by Victor Chavez, Jr. and Gary Sperl
The Knoxville artistic team is honored to present the 2019 ClarinetFest®, “Embracing the World”! This year’s theme inspired many unique proposals covering a diverse range of topics and wonderful new repertoire to be premiered. We can’t wait to share these presentations with the membership, and we hope that each attendee leaves Knoxville feeling uplifted and inspired.
Thank you to our 2019 sponsors: Buffet Crampon, D’Addario, Rovner, RZ Woodwinds, Selmer Paris, Vandoren and Yamaha for their generous contributions to the International Clarinet Association.
The conference begins with the opening recital featuring legendary ICA honorary members Stanley Drucker (ret. New York Philharmonic); 2019 honorary membership inductees Eddy Vanoosthuyse (ret. Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra) and international jazz soloist Ron Odrich; and the 2018 ICA Young Artist Competition winner, Pablo Tirado Villaescusa from Spain.
Wednesday night’s headlining chamber music recital with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Principal String Quartet includes Mariam Adam (formerly of Imani Winds), Stanley Drucker, Bil Jackson (Vanderbilt University) and international soloist Milan Rericha.
The Thursday evening concert features clarinet soloists performing with the Air Force Band of Mid-America. Featured artists include Sauro Berti (Teatro dell’Opera di Roma), Parker Gaims, Laura Grantier, Sylvie Hue of the French Garde Républicaine and Ricardo Morales (Philadelphia Orchestra).
Friday night’s Knoxville Symphony Orchestra concert under the direction of James Fellenbaum will take place at the historic Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville. Headliners include William and Cathy Hudgins (Boston Symphony Orchestra), Kathy Jones (Puerto Rico Conservatory), Korean prodigy Han Kim, Anton Rist (The Metropolitan Opera), Eddy Vanoosthuyse (ret. Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra) and Gabor Varga (Hungarian Radio Symphony).
The Saturday night concert features the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra with soloists Mark Nuccio (Houston Symphony Orchestra), Ron Odrich and Ken Peplowski.
Other exciting events planned for ClarinetFest® 2019 include the second annual Guido Six Clarinet Choir Festival. There will be several clarinet choirs performing throughout the five-day ClarinetFest® with a very special performance by the Venner Clarinet Choir. Franklin Cohen (ret. Cleveland Orchestra) will debut a new clarinet choir arrangement of the Mozart Concerto for Clarinet, K. 622.
Master classes will be presented by Sauro Berti, Franklin Cohen, Julie DeRoche (DePaul University), Ken Peplowski and Jerome Simas (San Francisco Symphony Orchestra). Martin Vaysse will present a recital as the premier prix winner from France. The ICA will recognize its new honorary membership inductees, Ron Odrich, Alan Stanek and Eddy Vanoosthuyse. AND … many, many more interesting and inspiring presentations and performances.
The convenient and comfortable host hotels for ClarinetFest® 2019 include the Hilton Garden Inn, the Sheraton Four Points and the Holiday Inn, World’s Fair Park. All three host hotels are conveniently located within a short walk to the ClarinetFest® venues. However, there are free trolleys that pass directly by the Sheraton Four Points hotel and the Holiday Inn and make stops at the ClarinetFest® venues. The Hilton Garden Inn is also a short walk to the venues but has a free shuttle service for their guests. Visit the ClarinetFest® 2019 page at www.clarinet.org for details on travel, lodging and more.
Knoxville is located in East Tennessee and is one of the most beautiful and visited areas in the United States. There are many family-oriented destinations in the area and also activities for the adventurers among us. Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge (home of Dollywood!) and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are all within an hour’s drive of Knoxville. To discover additional opportunities for recreation in the Knoxville and East Tennessee area, refer to www.visitknoxville.com.
ClarinetFest® 2019 in Knoxville, Tennessee is going to be an extraordinary event! We invite all conference attendees to participate in the Guinness World Records attempt to break the current record for the largest clarinet choir ever assembled. There will be artists new to ClarinetFest® alongside favorite returning performers. We will explore the fascinating work that Clarinets for Conservation and the Daraja Music Initiative offer to young students in Tanzania (this is the non-government organization that inspired the theme “Embracing the World” for ClarinetFest® 2019). There will be countless interesting lectures and recitals throughout the five-day event, and there is much, much more planned for this exciting time. We are anticipating a record turnout for ClarinetFest® 2019. We hope to see anyone and everyone who has an interest in clarinet in Knoxville, Tennessee from July 24 to 28, 2019. You will become truly inspired!
Santiago Baena Florez
Victor Chávez, Jr.
Margaret Donaghue Flavin
Catina Franklin Sweedy
Hyon Suk Kim
Lara Mitofsky Neuss
Paulo Cesar Morocho
Cathy A Ogram
Juan Andres Quilaguy
Megan Shumate Beaumont
Pablo Tirado Villaescusa
Adrianna van Leeuwen
Luis Enrique Vargas Guevara
Cecilio Vilar Alpuente
Jonatas Zacarias de Oliveira
775 Peruvian Clarinet Ensemble
Austin Peay State University Clarinet Choir
Baylor Clarinet Choir
Coro de Clarinetes del CMPR
Emporia State University Clarinet Choir
Los Angeles Clarinet Choir
Madison Clarinet Ensemble
MTSU Clarinet Choir
Murray State University Racer Clarinet Choir
Nicholls State University Bass Clarinet Choir
North Mississippi Clarinet All-Stars
Orquestra Pernambucana de Clarinetes
Prickly Pear Clarinet Ensemble
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Clarinet Ensemble
Tara Winds Community Band Clarinet Ensemble
Tennessee Clarinet Choir
Tennessee Tech Clarinet Choir
Texas A&M University-Commerce Clarinet Ensemble
The Crimson Squawk Ensemble
The Eastman-Rochester New Horizons Clarinet Choir
The Furman Clarinet Ensemble
The Houston Symphonic Band Clarinets
The LCO – The Licorice Sticks Clarinet Orchestra
The Windermere High School Clarinet Choir
Tullahoma Clarinet Choir
UNC Charlotte Clarinet Choir
UNF Clarinet Choir
UTRGV Clarinet Symphony
Venner Clarinet Choir
Aria Reed Trio
C3-Cross Continental Clarinets
Clarinet Meets Guitar
Four Beats Clarinet Quartet
Grenazilla Clarinet Quartet
Lake Effect Clarinet Quartet
LCD Woodwind Trio
Phoenix Down RPG
Sirocco Reed Quintet
Sopros de PE
Spatial Forces Duo
The AMKE Clarinet Duo
The Clarinet Project
The Dayton Double
The Devil Sticks
The Holden-Olin Duo
The Küffner Gals
The Lebaron Trio
The Lyrique Quintette
The Prestige Clarinet Quartet
The Quattratonic Quartet
The Telos Trio
The Webster Trio
United States Navy Band Clarinet Quartet
University of Louisville Alumni Clarinet Duo
Military Band Clarinet Panel moderated by Gary Sperl
Team Teaching Panel with Robert Spring and John Cipolla moderated by Joshua Gardner
Cecilio Vilar Alpuente
What is the date, time and location of the Guiness World Record attempt?