Hot News October 2004


30 October 2004

Michigan State University - East Lansing, Michigan USA

First Annual Clarinet Day


The first annual Clarinet Day, The Complete Clarinet: A Celebration of the Instrument and its Repertoire, was held on Saturday October 30, 2004 at the MSU School of Music. Dr. Caroline Hartig, MSU Assistant Professor of Clarinet and other guests were a part of this full day of recitals and master classes for clarinetists of all levels.

Caroline Hartig is an acclaimed clarinet soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. She has appeared with orchestras and contemporary music ensembles in major concert halls including Carnegie Hall, where she made her solo debut in 1994. Widely recognized and sought after for her new-music collaborations, Hartig can be heard on the CD Dancing Solo, featuring the solo and chamber clarinet works of composer Libby Larsen. Hartig’s most recent CD, Clarinet Brilliante, was honored by the American Record Guide as a “Critics’ Choice.” Her artistry has been reviewed as “dazzling, with an uncanny sense of line, musical insight and prodigious technique...simply virtuosic” (The Clarinet) and “Hartig dazzles with numbing, blazing fluidity and rich, luxuriant fervor…coiled virtuosity” (The American Record Guide).

Hartig has been heard on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and Center Stage from Wolf Trap, and recently appeared as a guest artist at the 2004 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest. Active as a master teacher and clinician, Hartig has been invited to present master classes nationally and internationally and was an Artist/Faculty of the 2004 Aria International Summer Music Academy.  She has served as a juror for performance competitions, including the 2003 International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition. Prior to joining MSU, she served as professor of clarinet at Ball State University. Hartig is a Buffet Artist/Clinician. To contact Caroline Hartig, visit

Following was the schedule of events for the day:

8:30-9 a.m.  Registration

Music Building Lobby

9-9:30 a.m.  The Essential Warm-Up

A participatory morning warm-up class to revitalize clarinet playing and musicianship.

9:30-10 a.m.  Know Your Scales

The scales game - important scales for daily practice and auditions; a hands-on workshop for all participants.

9:45-10 a.m.  Break

10-11 a.m.  Audition Preparation

How to prepare for college auditions, solo and ensemble contests, and recital/concerto performances, including a daily practice regimen for preparation and strategies to help conquer performance anxiety.

11-12:15 p.m.  Clarinet Choir and ensembles rehearsal/reading session

Rm. 120, Music Building

12:15-1:30 p.m.  Lunch Break

1:30-2:15 p.m.  The Contemporary Clarinetist - the clarinet as a solo instrument, including new music and contemporary techniques for clarinet.

2:30-3:30 p.m.  How to choose the right instrument and mouthpiece participants. 

Tried some new Buffet instruments and met Rob Olsen, Midwest Representative for Buffet Clarinets - The Music Group.

Rm. 120, Music Building

3:30-4:30 p.m.  Recital by clarinetist Caroline Hartig and pianist Deborah Moriarty, professor of piano at MSU.

4:30-5 p.m.  Final rehearsal for Festival Recital

5-6 p.m.  Festival Recital by participants and MSU students, including solo works, quartets and clarinet choir super work. 

This event was generously sponsored by the MSU School of Music and Buffet Clarinets


3 Oktober 2004

 Berlin Deutsche Klarinetten Symposium

 Berlin, Germany

          The Deutsche Klarinetten Gesellschaft  held it’s 4th major Klarinetten Symposium (previous events in Karlsruhe, Leipzig, Duesseldorf  - held every 2 years) celebrating the 300th Year of the invention and development of the Klarinette at the Berlin Musik-Instrumenten Museum next door to the Berlin Philharmonie.   Alan Hacker was the Schorndorn, and events included 3 days of intensive activity including lectures of early instruments and demonstrations and concerts along with performances of standard works with historic period instruments. Musik Hochschulen from all over Germany had performances given by their respective Klarinette Klasses, including from Stuttgart the class under Norbert Kraus, from Berlin the class under Francois Bender, from Trossingen the class under Chen Heder, from Dresden the class under Joachim Klemm, from Leipzig the class under Wolfgang Mader, and more. 

         Several ensembles from Germany and Austria performed including the Clarinet Connection,  ensembles and solo performances from Karlheinz Stockhausen directed by noted Clarinetist and advocate Suzanne Stevens, performing Stockausen works including ‘In Freundschaft’, ‘Harlekin’, ‘Laub in Regin’,  the ensemble Clarinesque,  an ensemble of Bassetthorn music, the DKG Klarinettenchor, conducted by Prof Christof Hilgar, the Duo Stefan Schorn/ Claude Putin, the Helmut Eisel Klezmer Trio,  and members of the Berlin Philharmonic wind section performing the Mozart Divertimento K439b, the Adagio K411 and the Grand Partita K361, performed with Klarinettes and Bassetthorns as originally scored, klarinettisten from the Berlin Philharmoniker including Karl-Heinz Steffins, Walter Seyfarth, Manfred Preis, Peter Geisler, and Alexander Baden.

                           Christolf Hilgar conducting the Symposium Klarinettchor


          Berlin Musik-Instrumenten Museum Exhibits from the Museum were available for all to see in a special way which brought a special aspect to this Festival.  Credit for this festival is due to Dr Mueller of the DKG and their committees.


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