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25 March 2017


Klarinettfrossa Dalarna - Sweden with VIP Stefan Harg


Dalarna, Sweden





25 March 2017


Mitchell Lurie Memorial Master Class at the Manhattan School of Music with VIP Kathleen Jones - Solo Clarinetist in the San Juan Philharmonic in Puerto Rico and Professor at the Conservatory) - VIP Larry Guy, Director


New York City USA




 25 March 2017


10th Troy University Clarinet Day - VIP Timothy Phillips, Director


Troy, Alabama USA


Summary by Joshua R. Mietz


                      The John M. Long School of Music is pleased to announce the completion of the 10th Annual Troy University Clarinet Day on March 25, 2017. 

This year’s festival featured Florent Héau, Gabor Varga, and Ramón Wodkowski. Both Héau and Varga presented outstanding solo recitals accompanied by pianist, Grace Choi. Héau’s phrasing and tone paired with Varga’s brilliant technique illustrated a very high standard of musicianship. The audience particularly enjoyed Héau’s arrangement, Carmen Strips, whereby he removed parts of his clarinet as he played familiar melodies from Bizet’s opera until the final variation was simply played on his mouthpiece. Varga’s performance of the Jean Françaix concerto made an extremely challenging work seem effortless. Wodkowski presented a lecture on the mechanics of mouthpieces before adjusting the mouthpieces of festival attendees.


                    Other clarinetists performing at this year’s festival included festival director Timothy Phillips, Katrina Phillips of Alabama State University, Jennifer Fraley of Troy University, Wonkak Kim of Tennessee Technical University, and Joshua Mietz of Casper College. Each artist performed at the opening recital as well as at the final clarinet choir performance. Mietz and Timothy Phillips conducted the combined festival choir.

Roughly 100 clarinetists and their families attended the festival this year. After a review of students’ essays on the value of music education, Lydia Barefield of Panama City, Florida was selected to receive a new E12F clarinet generously donated by Buffet Crampon. Vendors at the event included Rodriguez Musical Services, Capitol Music, Art's Music, and Buffet Group USA. Sponsors included Vandoren, D’Addario Woodwinds, BG France and the World Clarinet Alliance (WKA). 

                 For a decade now, the Troy University Clarinet Day has provided an outstanding festival for clarinetists of all ages and abilities. Congratulations, Dr. Phillips and Troy University! For information about the 2018 festival, please contact Timothy Phillips at  




25 March 2017


Iowa Clarinet Day - Simpson College


Indianola, Iowa USA


               Iowa Clarinet Day 2017 was a great day of recitals, master classes, and clinics. The event was held on March 25 at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa and hosted by Simpson clarinet instructor Kariann Voigts. Greg Oakes (Iowa State University), Cynthia Krenzel (Central College), Clarence Padilla (Drake University), Dan Friberg (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony), Jorge Montilla (University of Iowa), and Greg Barrett (University of Northern Illinois) were performers and clinicians throughout the day. The guest artist and clinician was Wesley Ferreira of Colorado State University. Representatives of Lohff and Pfeiffer shared their clarinet customization work in an extremely informative session and brought many instruments for participants to test. Put Iowa Clarinet Day 2018 on your calendar for April 7, 2018 at Drake University. Guest artist will be VIP Charles Neidich.



24 March 2017


The Language of Affect Concert with VIP's Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima at Tenri Center


New York City USA





23 March 2017


Florent Heau - Renowned Soloist and Professor at the Paris Conservatory in Recital and Master Class at the Buffet-Crampon New York Showroom



New York City USA



20 March 2017


VIP Annaliene Van Wauwe, Principal Clarinetist in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Professor at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp, Belgium, and BBC Evolving Artists, Performs at Wigmore Hall - London, United Kingdom


BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recital at Wigmore Hall – Annelien Van Wauwe & Nino Gvetadze Program:


Debussy - Première Rhapsodie
Poulenc - Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Schumann - Arabeske in C, Op.18
Brahms - Sonata No.2 in E-flat for Clarinet and Piano, Op.120/2


London, United Kingdom


                  If at first it seemed that Annelien Van Wauwe – the Belgian clarinettist, another BBC New Generation Artists featured during this Wigmore Hall series – was the star, with Nino Gvetadze merely supporting on the ivories, that impression was quickly dispelled during the Debussy. Very much the clarinettist’s show as it starts, the Rapsodie soon becomes a dialogue with the piano, albeit that a large part of the attraction is the way it also displays the wind instrument’s capabilities. Both performers engaged with gusto, Van Wauwe in particular making the most of the many opportunities for long, sinuous lines and manic, rapid-fire style.


                There are some similarly flash passages in Poulenc’s Sonata (dedicated to Honegger) and first-performed by Benny Goodman and Leonard Bernstein, but what was most notable here were Van Wauwe’s subtle variations in phrasing and emphasis – in music that could otherwise feel repetitive – and in the vocal quality of the slow movement. The Finale, cheeky and verging on the diabolical, had virtuosic contributions from Gvetadze too. She then played Schumann’s Arabeske. Its gentility is surely misleading, and that quality is there, as much as anything else, to accentuate the poignancy of the more-introspective passages. Gvetadze managed the shifting moods with impressive certainty, and subtlety, yet without giving in to out-and-out yearning until the final bars, a sigh of resignation, or despair. C-major has rarely sounded less contented.


              The other highlight was the joyous second movement of the Brahms. If there is a twinge of doubt or gloom here, it is quickly conquered melodically, and the two performers complemented each other as smoothly as Brahms’s handling of their respective instruments. The succeeding Andante con moto introduction to the Finale, with its rhythmic fixations, is perhaps more of a mixed bag musically, but the Allegro brought a bravura finish, ‘soloist’ and ‘accompanist’ working as a sensitive, confident – and equal – partnership.







19 March 2017


VIP Ricardo Morales Soloist with the 'Presidents Own' The United States Marine Band performing Jonathan Leshnoff's Clarinet Concerto - Northern Virginia Community College


 Alexandria, Virginia USA




19 March 2017


Senior VIP Franklin Cohen performs Oscar Navarro's 2nd Clarinet Concerto with the Charlotte, Florida Symphony


Charlotte, Florida USA


Charlotte Symphony ends season on a high note




              The Charlotte Symphony orchestra ended its season Sunday evening at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda the same way it began in November, with a cheering, shouting audience on its feet, acclaiming the orchestra, its maestro and its musicians.


             In a program perhaps unmatched in the orchestra’s four years under the baton of Maestro Raffaele Ponti, the orchestra began by enthralling its audience into almost a hushed reverence with the lyrical, emotional whispering of strings to Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” written by Barber to commemorate early loss and spiritual ascension.


           It followed with a stunning, virtuoso performance by world renowned clarinetist Franklin Cohen, playing Oscar Navarro’s “Clarinet Concerto No. 2,” combining Latin passion and rhythm with soft touches of jazz, and a stirring conclusion in which the voice of the clarinet literally filled the center, resulting in a long, loud standing ovation.


          Ponti, who had once played trumpet for the Cleveland Orchestra, where Cohen was a member of the orchestra and chair of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s clarinet department for 40 years, introduced Cohen from the podium as “a wonderful, amazing, sensitive, beautiful” musician, adding, “Conducting for him tonight is a dream come true.”


    In a post-concert reception, awe was in the air, led by Cohen. In an interview, “The hall sounded great,” he said. “The orchestra did a great job. I’ve played Beethoven’s 5th in concert halls all over the world, and tonight was the best I’ve heard in many years. You have wonderful musicians. It was a realthrill for me. “Raffaele brings discipline, balance and freedom to the orchestra,” Cohen said. “He’s also a genuine guy, a warm musician. He’s supporting and sensitive. He makes a difference. I love playing for him.”

    Ponti, looking back over his four years with the CSO, compared the orchestra’s advance “like good wine, over time, we’re getting better and better. We have the right peoplein the right place at the right time, and they all want to play well.”




14 - 16 March 2017


Recital / Master Classes at the Beijing Central Conservatory with VIP Philippe Cuper - Solo Clarinetist in the Paris Opera, Professor at the Versailles Conservatory, France


Peking / Beijing,  China







12 March 2017



VIP Sabine Grofmeier, Soloist performing Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Neue Philharmonie


Hamburg, Germany



12 March 2017



Alexander Fiterstein, Renowned Soloist and newly appointed Professor at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland, Soloist performing Argento's Capriccio for Clarinet and Orchestra "Rossini in Paris" with the Saint Paul (Minnesota) Civic Symphony


Saint Paul Minnesota USA







11 March 2017


Senior VIP Franklin Cohen performs Oscar Navarro's 2nd Clarinet Concerto with the Paducah, Kentucky Symphony


Paducah, Kentucky USA










9 - 11 March 2017


Backun International Clarinet Competition - Vanderbilt University


Nashville, Tennessee USA





 9 March 2017


Julian Herve, Soloist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic in Performance of Mozart Clarinet Concerto K622


Rotterdam, The Netherlands






4 March 2017


Southern Mississippi University (Hattiesburg) Clarinet Day


Hattiesburg, Mississippi USA






1 - 4 March 2017


Clarinets on Stage Festival - VIP Eddy Vanoosthuyse, Director


Ypres, Belgium





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