USAF Clarinet Quartet, Kenneth Grant Will Perform at Fourth Annual Clarinet Choir and Chamber Music Festival

Jun Qian
Festival director Jun Qian, courtesy photo.
March 31, 2016

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WACO, Texas (March 31, 2016) – Baylor University's School of Music will present the Fourth Annual Clarinet Choir and Chamber Music Festival on Saturday, April 2, in Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building.

The daylong festival is directed by Jun Qian, assistant professor of clarinet in the School of Music. There will be four events: three recitals and a master class with Kenneth Grant, associate professor of clarinet at the Eastman School of Music in New York and principal clarinet of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in New York.

The first event is the master class, which will be from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Grant will discuss solo repertoire.

The second event will be a recital at 1:10 p.m. by the Mission Winds Clarinet Quartet from the United States Air Force Band of the West. The clarinet ensemble is composed of Master Sgt. Kara Frank, Staff Sgt. Denise Cardona Santos, Senior Airman Jennifer Daffine, clarinet, and Master Sgt. Mark Craig, bass clarinet. Also featured will be Paula Corley, clarinet professor at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin.

The recital will include the world premiere performance of Road Trip: 3 Diversions for 5 Clarinets by Clifton Jones. The movements are titled "Rush Hour," "Habanero" and "Shindig."

Other pieces include the finale of Franz Schubert’s "Death and the Maiden" Quartet, two movements from Aires Tropicales by Paquito d’Rivera, John Philip Sousa's The Black Horse Troop, "Fuga y Misterio" from María de Buenos Aires by Ástor Piazzolla and Jiddisch Sjlimmert by Patrick Hiketick.

Corley will join the Mission Winds Quartet for the Road Trip premiere and a performance of "Rondo" from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s "Gran Partita," K. 361.

The third event will be a guest recital by Grant at 2:20 p.m. in the Jones Concert Hall. He will be joined by two members of the Baylor music faculty, Qian and Kae Hosoda-Ayer, assistant professor of piano.

Pieces will include Australian composer Arthur Benjamin's Le Tombeau de Ravel, Johann Sebastian Bach's Chromatic Fantasy, contemporary Italian composer Antonio Fraioli's Quattro Pezzi ("Four Pieces"), Leonard Bernstein’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano from 1942 and Luigi Bassi’s "La Sonnambula" Opera Fantasy.

The final event will be the Clarinet Choir and Chamber Music Festival Marathon Recital at 4 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.

The Glennis McCrary Music Building is located at 110 Baylor Ave., Waco, TX 76706.

by Jenna Press, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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