Clarinet News first week of March

Summaries of clarinet news the past week.

From California, a rediscovered work sounds like something which should be played more often. I'm always looking for works for clarinet and strings.

An obscure work by film composer Bernard Herrmann was the highlight of Monday night's concert in Samueli Theater, the final event in the Pacific Symphony's annual American Composers Festival. A quintet for clarinet and string quartet, written in 1967, "Souvenirs" comes out of the same chest of drawers as Herrmann's score to Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo." It is a lovely, seamless, autumnal work. ...The piece sounds as if it were written in a dream.

David Krakauer is someone I would love to hear live.

American clarinet virtuoso David Krakauer will play the Kongresowa Hall in Warsaw March 12 as part of the Era Jazzu series of concerts. A unique blend of traditional Jewish klezmer music and jazz has brought Krakauer worldwide success. He is equally at ease performing jazz standards by Sidney Bechet or Thelonious Monk as avant-garde pieces by John Cage or John Zorn.

I have several CD and some of the numerous pieces commissioned by he Verdehr Trio. This group has advanced the wave of new music more than any other single group.

The most influential violin-clarinet-piano group on the planet has does the same with music. The Verdehr Trio has commissioned more than 200 new pieces, and this week the Michigan-based trio swoops into Rochester to work with students at Eastman and perform a concert of intriguing music you've probably never heard before. Freshly penned after 2000, works include Jennifer Higdon's "Dash," "Commedia" by David Liptak, and "Dancing Helix Rituals" by Augusta Read Thomas.

James Campbell is one of the pre-eminent players in the US today.

WATERLOO- Renowned clarinetist James Campbell will visit Wilfrid Laurier University March 12-15 to lead master classes for Laurier music students and to perform in a free public concert as part of the MWM Financial Group Distinguished Artist Series.

In local Columbus Symphony news: Ann Melvin won the Arts Partner award for her lifetime support of the arts, especially the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

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