Baylor's Clarinet Professor in Faculty Recital

February 6, 2018
Jun Qian, Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Baylor University, will perform a recital called “West Meets East” on Friday, February 9, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall. Also to be heard are members of Dr. Qian’s studio, who are known collectively as the Baylor Clarinet Choir.
The program will open with the first performance of Funk Shui for clarinet and bass clarinet by Baylor alumnus Patrick Lenz, a saxophonist who earned his bachelor’s degree in composition last year. Mr. Lenz is now a graduate student in composition at Rice University. In this premiere performance of Funk Shui, Jun Qian will be joined on stage by bass clarinetist Ben Quarles.
Closing the program will be the familiar Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A major, K. 622, of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. However, the three-movement work will be presented in a new form, as arranged by Joe Clark for solo clarinet and clarinet choir. Dr. Qian will be the soloist, and the sixteen-member Baylor Clarinet Choir will be led by Benjamin Alaniz. The Mozart Clarinet Concerto was one of the composer’s final completed works, finished in October of 1791, less than two month’s before his death at the age of thirty-five.
Chinese-born American clarinetist Jun Qian joined the music faculty at Baylor University in 2012, when he was also appointed principal clarinetist of the Waco Symphony. Prior to that, he taught at St. Olaf College, Nazareth College, Houghton College, and New York State University at Fredonia. He has also taught at the Eastman School of Music and Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China, where he performed as principal clarinetist of the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra. He holds the Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from Baylor University, where he was a student of Richard Shanley, and a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance, Performer’s Certificate, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Kenneth Grant and as the last private student of Stanley Hasty. He is the founding director of the Baylor Clarinet Choir and Chamber Music Festival.
This recital is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.
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