ClarinetFest® 2017

Wednesday, July 26th through Sunday, July 30th, 2017

ICA Membership is required for all attendees and performing clarinetists








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For more information, contact:
Keith Koons, Artistic Director

International Clarinet Association brings ClarinetFest® to Orlando for the first time

Orlando, Fla. (June 21, 2017) — The annual conference of the International Clarinet Association (ICA), ClarinetFest® 2017, will be held in Orlando from July 26-30 and presented in partnership with the School of Performing Arts at the University of Central Florida. This is the first time the conference has been held in Florida.

The International Clarinet Association is a community of clarinetists and clarinet enthusiasts that supports projects that will benefit clarinet performance; provides opportunities for the exchange of ideas, materials, and information among its members; fosters the composition, publication, recording, and distribution of music for the clarinet; encourages the research and manufacture of a more definitive clarinet; encourages communication and cooperation among clarinetists and the music industry; and encourages and promotes the performance and teaching of a wide variety of repertoire for the clarinet.

Members of the ICA will be attending the full five days of the conference. However, the evening concerts will be open to the public, with tickets available at the door beginning at 7 p.m. each evening. General admission tickets will be $15 each. There will also be a free community outreach concert dedicated to victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

“It is exciting that this conference, involving over 1,400 clarinet enthusiasts, will be coming to Orlando,” said Dr. Keith Koons, professor of clarinet at UCF and Artistic Director of the conference. “We are pleased that the public will have access to conference performances, with many impressive international artists. The evening concerts, as well as the free Outreach Concert, will be attractive to people with a strong interest in the clarinet as well as general music lovers.”

The opening concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 26 will feature clarinet soloists with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Confessore. The world-class soloists will include Julian Bliss performing the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto, Eddie Daniels playing the Concerto for Jazz Clarinet and Orchestra by Calendrelli, and eminent clarinetist Richard Stoltzman performing an arrangement of Bernstein’s Sonata for Clarinet.

The 8 p.m. Thursday evening concert will feature the Ritz Chamber Players string quartet with an interesting variety of soloists, including Nicola Bulfone (Italy) performing on both clarinet and basset horn, an alto member of the family; Cathy Wood (Canada) playing a Baroque concerto by Molter; and Gene Kavadlo (Charlotte Symphony) playing a Klezmer piece by Lev Kogan.

The 8 p.m. Friday concert will feature the Southern Winds, a symphonic band comprised of musicians from the Greater Orlando area, conducted by Douglas L. Phillips. This concert will present a world premiere of a double concerto for clarinet and percussion by Seung-Won Oh, with Julie DeRoche, clarinet, and her son Jeffrey DeRoche, percussion. French clarinetist Nicolas Baldeyrou will play two pieces, and Alexander Fiterstein will perform the impressive Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble by David Maslanka.

Saturday’s concert will begin at 8:30 p.m., and will feature the UCF Jazz Professors jazz combo with two nationally known jazz clarinetists, Ken Peplowski and Allan Vaché. Vaché lives in the Orlando area, so audiences are able to enjoy his frequent local appearances.

As a gift to the Orlando community, the ICA is also presenting an Outreach Concert, which is a free event taking place on Saturday, July 29 at 3 PM at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando. In this concert, a variety of outstanding performers from the conference program will repeat their performances. The performing groups will include the Bogotá Clarinet Quartet and the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music Clarinet Choir, which will play two pieces dedicated to the victims of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

The conference will take place at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton at the entrance to Universal Orlando. The hotel is located just off Kirkman Road at 5780 Major Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819.

Performances at a glance
Wednesday, July 26 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 27 at 8 p.m.
Friday, July 28 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 29 at 8:30 p.m.
ClarinetFest® at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton, Universal Orlando
5780 Major Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819
$15 general admission

Saturday, July 29 at 3 p.m.
Outreach Concert at Dr. Phillips High School
6500 Turkey Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819
Free general admission


For the first time, the annual conference of the International Clarinet Association will meet in the state of Florida in the United States. The program will feature five days of outstanding lectures, competitions, master classes, clarinet choirs, and solo and ensemble performances. Visitors can expect plenty of sunshine along with some summer showers. Convenient guest rooms and all conference events will be at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton at the entrance to Universal Orlando Resort. The hotel is fully air conditioned for comfort. The conference will be held in partnership with the School of Performing Arts at the University of Central Florida. Artistic Director Kith Koons is assisted by the Artistic Leadership Team of Nikolay Blagov, Patrick Graham, Lynn Musco, and Peter Wright.

The final rounds of the ICA competitions will be heard at the conference, invluding the High School Solo Competition, Orchestral Audition Competition and the Young Artist Competition. The winning piece from the Composition Competition will be premiered by the ICA Professors Choir on Saturday evening. The finalists of the ICA Research Presentation Competition will present papers and be considered for prize recognition. In addition to the ICA research Presentations, a full slate of lectures will be presented on topics including how to choose a new clarinet, woodwind doubling on Broadway, klezmer music, the secrets of reeds and more. Three outstanding clarinetists will be recognized with the Honorary Member Award: Eddie Daniels, Luis Rossi and Richard Stoltzman.

Afternoon and evening concerts will spotlight featured artists such as Kinan Azmeh – the Syrian-born artist known for his appearances with the Silk road Ensemble and Yo-Yo-Ma – who will make his ClarinetFest® debut. Brian Moorhead and Peter wright, both of whom have long, distinguished orchestral careers in Florida, will be showcased in recitals. Works for clarinet and electronics will be heard on a featured afternoon recital on Saturday, including performances by Adam Ballif, Joshua Bennett, Saunas Jankauskas, Eric Mandat, Dawn McConkie and Phillip Paglialonga. For the first time at an ICA conference, a concert of clarinet soloists with percussion ensemble will be part of the program. Appearing with the UCF Percussion Ensemble (Thad Anderson, conductor) on Friday will be the Four New Brothers bass clarinet quartet, the Stark Quartet, Kliment Krylovskiy, Matthias Müller, Gregory Oakes, Alison Storochuk, and Kennen White.

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will present the first evening concert on Wednesday evening, with soloists Julian Bliss, Richie Hawley, Milan Rericha and Richard Stoltzman. The Ritz Chamber Players String Quartet will be heard on Thursday evening with soloists Nicola Bulfone, Eugene Kavadlo, Kimberly Cole Luevano and Catherine Wood. The Southern Winds Symphonic Band from Deland, Florida, conducted by Douglas Phillips, will present an exciting concert Friday Evening with soloists Nicolas Baldeyrou, Julie DeRoche, Alex Fiterstein and Anna Hashimoto. The UCF Jazz Professors, the distinguished faculty jazz combo at nearby University of Central Florida, will perform in concert on Saturday evening with featured soloists Allan Vaché and Ken Peplowski.

As usual, two special clarinet choirs will be formed during the conference for open participation – the Collegiate Clarinet Choir for college students, and the Festival Clarinet Choir, which is open to all attendees. There is a particular need for low clarinets; please indicate your interest on the registration form! Both choirs will rehearse daily beginning on Thursday and perform at the conclusion of the conference on Sunday.

Many exhibitors are expected for the conference. Attendees will have easy access to all exhibits, which will be displayed in a large ballroom at the hotel just a few steps from the guest room elevators. The DoubleTree Hotel underwent a full renovation in early 2017. A block of rooms has been reserved with favorable rates, with up to four people sharing a room. Reserve early to make sure you get a room!

Orlando is one of the top vacation destinations in the world. It is easy to combine the conference with other tourist attractions in the area – including the Kennedy Space Center and numerous beaches – letting families enjoy the many benefits of a visit to Orlando. a Variety of restaurants and opportunities for shopping are located nearby. For visitors arriving by air to Orlando International Airport, local transportation to the hotel can be arranged with a shuttle service, taxi or rental car. You won’t want to miss this exciting program at ClarinetFest® 2017!

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