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Boston Orchestra invites student clarinetist to Tanglewood festival

April 9, 1997

By Robin Starnes

Lariat Reporter

For the first time in history, a University student has been awarded the Boston Symphony Orchestra Clarinet Fellowship to attend the Tanglewood Music Festival. Elizandro García, a junior from San Ramon, Costa Rica, will take part in the Lenox, Mass., festival this summer.

'Elizandro García is, to my knowledge, the first and only Baylor instrumental student to have been selected for Tanglewood--let alone being a fellowship winner,' Richard Shanley, instrumental studies professor and García's instructor, said.

García applied for the position and auditioned in Houston. The summer in Lenox will help him establish contacts that will further his future.

'The festival is very renowned because many well-known people and famous musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma go there in the summer,' García said.

The festival will feature chamber concerts, jazz, folk, and contemporary music, as well as concerts by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops.

García was also awarded the Russian-American Youth Orchestra Scholarship, but turned it down to attend the Tanglewood festival.

'The Tanglewood festival is the most prestigious of all the summer camps for orchestral players,' Shanley said. 'Elizandro is a fine musician who really deserves this. For the last two summers he has performed with the Kent-Blossom festival with the Cleveland Orchestra. He has gone through the standard route to get to the place he is. This has been a very good year.'

García hopes to one day perform with a major orchestra.

'Every musician has a goal to play with the Cleveland Orchestra or the Chicago Symphony, of course. This is really competitive because they only take four clarinetists,' García said. 'It takes a lot of practice every day, and a lot of focus.'

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