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28 January 2012

Trio di Clarone on USA Tour with Master Class at Juilliard School and Performance at 92nd St Y (28 January) in New York followed by Performance in San Francisco and Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan.  Performers include  Wolfgang Meyer, Reiner Wehle, and Sabine Meyer.  Juilliard Master Class hosted by Charles Neidich 27 January 2012

New York City USA

            The famed Clarone Trio, comprised of artists sister, brother, and husband from Luebeck and Karlsruhe, Germany, and as an ensemble since 1983 in honor of Sabine Meyer's mother, gave a Master Class for students including a coaching of the Nielsen Wind Quintet with Wolfgang Meyer and 3 students with Sabine Meyer.  Charles Neidich arranged this class and a near full house of clarinetists filled the Morse Recital Hall for these few hours and see near miraculous results coming out of this class.  All the students were advanced and still changes could be noticed.  On Sunday 28 January, the Trio performed for a near capacity audience at the 92nd St Y performing standard Clarinet Trio for Bassett Horns with Solo Clarinet works and the Poulenc Sonata for 2 Clarinets with Sabine and Wolfgang Meyer.  Reiner Wehle performed the Stravinsky 3 Pieces.  Mozart was the emphasis with the Basset Trios playing Opera arrangements and the Divertimento K439.  Performance was magnificent with incredible tonal quality and alive musical communicative delivery.     Other tour stops included Perdue University in Indiana, and University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and back to Germany.  Instruments used were Wurlitzer Clarinets and Bassett Horns.  Information on the performers and the Clarone Trio are hyperlinked above.  The Meyers are all Artist VIP's with WKA.  Sabine Meyer and Reiner Wehle teach at the Lubeck Hochschule fur Musik, and Wolfgang Meyer teaches at the Karlsruhe Hochschule, both outstanding Conservatories.

L to R
Bottom row: Michael Perricone, David Schaider, Daryl Fowkes, Steven Sands
Tops row: Jasmine Hatem, Richard Nunemaker, Jay Fischman, Lisa Gregory, Nancy Angerstein, Mae Gremillion

Reynaldo Ochoa (conductor), Brad Sayles, Richard Nunemaker

8 January 2012

6th Annual 'The Effortless Clarinet/Saxophone Recital,  Richard Nunemaker, Director

Houston, Texas USA


               The Effortless Clarinet/Saxophone studio commissions a Houston composer every year for its annual recital at the University of St. Thomas, Houston. Our composer this year was Brad Sayles.

               Other composers on the three hour concert were, Poulenc, Stravinsky, Brahms, Weber, Hindemith, Mendelssohn, Debussy, Schubert and Copland. A very rewarding and satisfying afternoon of clarinet and saxophone music. I have to tell everyone that I am so proud of my studio. These are hard working professional adults who love music and love to share their music and love play their instruments. It is always a joy for me to work and produce concerts with the Effortless studio.

             A Days Reflection was commissioned by the members of the 6th Annual Effortless Clarinet/Saxophone Studio specifically for this afternoon’s concert.

 A Composer since his early teens, Brad Sayles has come to fulfill his promise by displaying his talents on many different sides of the medium of music; both live and recorded. His 2006 surround sound installation for sculptor Jo Ann Fleischhauer's Parasol Project has given Houstonians an aural springboard from which to jump into the exciting visual components of the historic Blanche Foley house. His scoring work on the independent films Echoes of Innocence and The Bracelet of Bordeaux have brought music of both haunting beauty and uproarious fun to the movie theater, while his energetic score for the Houston Public Television special "Art is All Around Us" gave public art a unique voice. He has received the Silver and Gold Telly Awards, the Gold Aurora, the Worldfest Gold Special Jury Awards, and two Emmy nominations for his scores.

Brad has received commissions from the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Houston Chamber Orchestra, Houston Symphony clarinetist Richard Nunemaker, DIVISI Strings, and the HPR Chamber Ensemble for compositions of many different styles. He is the 2003 and 2007 first laureate of the Louisa Stude Sarofim Composition Competition for his chamber suite New England Journey and his dramatic voice and chamber ensemble piece The Lily. For Houston Public Radio, he has created the music for four of the Engines of Our Ingenuity CDs with host and author John Lienhard as well as radio theme music for UH Moments and Texas Originals. His composition Echoes of Invention was the first of its kind to bring Dr. Lienhard's voice and musical accompaniment found on these discs to a concert hall.

Brad also serves as chief recording engineer for the Houston NPR affiliate. There, he oversees the major in-house recording projects produced by NPR and serves as the audio producer for the Houston Symphony Broadcasts. Over the past six years, Brad has engineered over a dozen recordings for the Symphony, including the Koch release of Stravinsky and Bartok, The Gift made in partnership with Lakewood Church, The Planets-an HD Odyssey, and the newly released Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler.

He received his Masters in Music Composition from the University of Houston studying with Robert Nelson, and his Bachelors of Arts in Telecommunication from Michigan State University.

1 January 2012

Karl Leister, Legend Solo Klarinettist in the Berliner Philharmoniker, 55th Anniversary of his Professional Career

Berlin, Germany

         A momentous day on this New Years Day marks the 55th year in the stellar career of one of the most important Orchestral Principals and soloists of the last century Karl Leister, a model icon with a 30 year tenure with the Berliner Philharmoniker under such conductors as Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado and several others.   He has made over 100 recordings of the major Concerto, Recital, and Chamber repertoire and even after his retirement from the Orchestra still tours and gives Master Classes, recordings, and judges at many of the International Competitions many times as President of the Juries.  His specific biography is linked as he is a Senior Officer VIP with the World Clarinet Alliance. 


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