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June 2017 Hot News

15 June - 1 July 2017

VIP's Franklin and Diana Cohen, Directors

Cleveland, Ohio USA



23 June 2017

Renowned Soloist Martin Frost, on Tour to multiple International Cities, performs the Copland Clarinet Concerto with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester at the Elbphilharmonie in

 Hamburg, Germany



23 June 2017

VIP Shirley Brill Performs Boulez Domaines at the Pierre Boulez Saal 

Paris, France




19 June 2017

Senior VIP and legendary Klarinettist Emeritus in the Berliner Philharmoniker Karl Leister at Vandoren

Paris, France

            The great Karl Leister was at Vandoren 56 rue Lepic yesterday (Monday 19) for a meeting with clarinetists. He was 80 on June 15 and he was also celebrating 60 years of music! Karl played a few Schubert Lieder with our new colleague Clara Altamore-Guilhem , piano and answered to the questions of the clarinetists. Mrs Janine Van Doren, widow of Robert Van Doren was attending this event. For your information, Karl is playing actually V12 and 56 rue Lepic reeds #3.

          You still can You can order the DVD OF MASTERCLASS that Vandoren made in 2004 (Mozart Brahms Schumann) for 10 € instead of 25 €+ postage. Duration 2h30 . Here:…


 12 - 16 June 2017

Lift Clarinet Academy - Colorado State University - Wesley Ferreira,  Jana Starling, Directors, with Guest Artist VIP Robert Spring

Fort Collins, Colorado USA




11 - 17 June 2017

Claremont Clarinet Festival - VIP Margaret Thornhill, Director

Pomona, California USA


8 - 10 June 2017

Special Concert for Unity Finale Concert with Alan Gilbert Conducting  (along with several other instrumentalists from several countries worldwide performing  this special Concert of Unity under Alan Gilbert at his Finale as Music Director

New York City USA

NY Times Review linked here

NY Philharmonic Concert for Unity Broadcast


31 May - 4 June 2017

Henri Selmer Paris Summer Clarinet Academy - Michigan State University - VIP Guy Yehuda, Director

East Lansing, Michigan USA




3 June 2017

Joseph Morris, Solo Clarinetist with the Pacific (California) Symphony, 1st Prize winner at the Houston Symphony's Ima Hogg Competition

Houston, Texas USA

                 The Houston Symphony announces clarinetist Joseph Morris as the winner of the 42nd annual Ima Hogg Competition, one of a few annual nationwide multi-instrument competitions. The announcement was made in front of a live audience on Saturday, June 3, after the finals concert at Rice University's Stude Concert Hall.

                A partnership between the Houston Symphony League and the Houston Symphony, the prestigious competition identifies and supports outstanding young instrumentalists and their pursuit of careers in music. Chaired by Barbara McCelvey, this year's Ima Hogg competition attracted nearly 80 candidates ranging from ten instruments and a wide variety of nationalities.

             The Grace Woodson Memorial Award was presented to Morris by John and Tracy Dennis in memory of John Dennis' grandmother, a close friend of Miss Ima Hogg. A 2012 graduate of USC's Thornton School of Music, Morris took home a cash prize of $25,000 and a gold medal, in addition to earning a solo appearance with Houston Symphony at the Donor and Subscriber Appreciation Concert on Wednesday, July 12th, at Jones Hall.

             Morris will also participate in a week-long Education and Community Engagement Residency that will provide him with essential training relevant to his field. Morris was recently appointed as principal clarinetist of the Pacific Symphony and has appeared as guest principal clarinet with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Sarasota Orchestra.

             The evening began with each of the four finalists performing a concerto alongside the Houston Symphony led by guest conductor and music director of the Wichita Symphony Daniel Hege. The results of the competition were determined by a distinguished three-judge panel comprised of music director of the Phoenix Symphony Tito Muñóz; internationally acclaimed concert pianist Andrew von Oeyen; and Vice President and Manager of Artists and Attractions for Opus 3 Artists, Matthew Oberstein.

            The competition was supported by lead corporate sponsor Wells Fargo Bank; United Airlines, the official airline of the Houston Symphony; Spec's Wines Spirits and Finer Foods; The Lancaster Hotel; Houston Methodist's Center for Performing Arts Medicine; and the host families who welcomed the contestants to Houston. The evening's concert was broadcast on News 88-7 and Houston Public Media Classical.


              First Prize, The Grace Woodson Memorial Award: - Joseph Morris, clarinet

             $25,000 and solo performance with the Houston Symphony at the Donor and Subscriber Appreciation Concert at 7:30 p.m. July 12, 2017

             Joseph Morris, principal clarinet of the Pacific Symphony, has held principal clarinet positions with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra and the Madison Symphony Orchestra (WI).

           He has appeared as guest principal clarinet with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Sarasota Orchestra. He has performed with the Utah, Kansas City and North Carolina Symphonies; Milwaukee and Grant Park Symphony Orchestras; the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, National Orchestral Institute + Festival and the National Repertory Orchestra.

          Recent performances as soloist include the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra, Downey Symphony Orchestra, West Los Angeles Symphony, and the Colburn Orchestra in a performance of John Adams’ Gnarly Buttons directed by the composer. A laureate of numerous competitions, Joseph has been awarded first prize in the Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition, the Hennings-Fischer Young Artists Competition and concerto competitions at the Music Academy of the West, the Thornton School of Music and the National Repertory Orchestra. He was a semifinalist in Denmark’s Fifth Carl Nielsen International Competition in 2013.

        A 2012 graduate of USC’s Thornton School of Music, Joseph Morris received a Professional Studies Certificate from the Colburn Conservatory of Music in 2014 where he studied with Yehuda Gilad. 


3 June 2017

University of Auckland Clarinet Day - VIP Marie Ross, Director

Auckland, New Zealand


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