Hot News May 2005


8 May 2005

Georgetown Chamber Music Festival –

Mozart Clarinet Quintet K581 with Jon Manasse

Washington, DC USA

              During this weekend Festival, performed by an impressive array of players with very high credential, 3

concerts from Friday-Sunday were performed to Washington audiences many from nearby Georgetown University.

Of special mention is the appearance of Jon Manasse, a celebrated clarinetist from New York and faculty at the

Eastman School of Music.   The Mozart Clarinet Quintet K 581 demonstrated fully the capabilities well known in

his sound approach, soloistic style and virtuosity.  As the information shows, Mr Manasse has accomplished in his

career several major recordings of every venue of solo, chamber music, and concerto performances worldwide.

Mensi Jury, Director Magistrelli, and Contestants

Vivaldi Orchestra performing Mozart Clarinet Concert with winner Antonio Luca

5-7 May 2005

Breno, Italy

“G. Mensi International Competition   in Breno (Italy)

           From May 5 until May 7 took place in Breno, a small but very nice place north of Italy, an International

Clarinet Competition, conceived in order to commemorate Giacomo Mensi, who died in tragic circumstances some

years ago.This is the fourth edition of the Competition .The members of the jury were:  T. Friedli, president ,

Ciro Scarponi, Nicola Miorada, Primo Borali, and Luigi Magistrelli. The competitors arrived from different

European countries and Japan. The compulsory pieces performed were Mercadante Concerto ( 1st movement.) 

Scarponi Elegy for the first round, Mozart Clarinet Concerto K622, and Stravinsky 3 Pieces for the final.

The winner Antonio Duca performed the Mozart Concerto with the “Vivaldi Orchestra” conducted by Silvio Maggioni.

                                                                              The winners

Cat. "Exellence":

1°: ANTONIO DUCA - Morbegno (SO)        2000 euro
2°: MICHELE NAGLIERI - San Giuliano Milanese (MI)  700 euro
3°:ex.aequo: FRANCESCO DE FRONZO - Giovinazzo (BA); GIANLUCA BELTRAMI - Valmontone (Rome)  400 euro

Cat. "Young promises":

1°: ex aequo: MICHELE CARRARA - Alzano Lombardo (BG); DANIELE ZAMBONI –Darfo Boario Terme (BS) 400 euro
2°: STEFANO MAGRI - Vilminore di Scalve - (BG)300 euro
3°: PAUL SERASSIS - Athens (Greece)  150  euro

J Michael Leonard and Buffet Clarinets

Leonard Clarinet maintenance

Bob DiLutis Reed Class

Woodwind Trio

DiLutis Master Class with student

Alto & Bass Clarinets in Clarinet Choir

Bob DiLutis in ensemble

Cpt Henry rehearsing Clarinet Choir

Clarinet Choir reading

Choir in rehearsal

2 May 2005

USAF Band of Liberty Clarinet Clinic

Boston, Massachusetts USA

           A first time Clarinet Clinic held at Hanscom Air Force Base in conjunction with the Northeast

Air National Guard Band near this major cultural city presented a high quality conference sponsored

through this unit, Buffet-Crampon, sponsor for Robert DiLutis, 2nd/ Eb Clarinetist in the Rochester

(NY) Philharmonic, and inventor of the ‘Reed Machine’ which has become a popular means to finish

handmade reeds from scratch using tube cane, breaking them down, and finishing the process which

can with time take only a short time, and produce more quality consistent reeds that will last longer

than manufactured reeds.  Mr DiLutis gave a comprehensive class demonstrating all the steps to

achieve this end.   In addition to this session, 2 master classes with students from the Band and

students from the Boston area including those students from the major Universities and Conservatories

including the New England Conservatory.  Orchestral audition repertoire including for Eb Clarinet was

fully covered with very high quality playing from the students.     J Michael Leonard, a notable Instrument

Repair expert, gave an extensive class on Clarinet maintenance and emergency repairs, with a kit

offered for that purpose.  Total explanation was given to provide the help needed to avoid Clarinet

catastrophes at performances.

         A performance by the USAF Cerulean Wind Trio  (Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon) gave a quality

performance indicating the high quality of musicians in these Bands.  Of interest to Clarinetists,

there is a critical shortage of Clarinetists in these Bands which opens opportunities for players

to consider.  The Air Force Band Programs offer quality environments for performance, opportunities

to study with major teachers at government expense, the chance to pursue degree studies, and have

a satisfying career if desired.  Given limited performance jobs, this is an option. Check the Performing

Org Link Page at bottom of page for listings to inquire.  At the conclusion of the day, Commander

Captain  Matthew S Henry rehearsed an effective reading of the participant Clarinet Choir including

faculty and a great conclusion for all attending.    During the day, displays of Buffet Clarinets

(all models) were available to try and Mr Leonard provided free repair services as well.  Great

compliments should be paid to Airman Michelle Spinelli who through the Band single handedly

covered all logistical preparation to make this a success.  Plans are for this to be an annual event. 

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