Patrick Morgan, principal clarinetist of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, will perform as guest artist in the Seventh-Annual Baylor Clarinet Festival on Saturday, March 30, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. Also appearing on the program will be Baylor’s Assistant Professor of Clarinet Jun Qian, pianist Cameron Hofmann, and the Baylor Clarinet Choir, conducted by Benjamin Alaniz.
Baylor’s Lyceum Series recital will open with the Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů. This three-movement work came late in the composer’s career. It was written in 1956, while Martinů was living in New York City.
Next, Sgt. Morgan will play French composer Francis Poulenc’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano. This, too, is a late work, dating from 1962, the year before Poulenc died. It is dedicated to the memory of his old friend, Swiss composer (and fellow member of Les Six) Arthur Honegger.
David Baker wrote his Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in 1989. It has become a standard of the clarinet repertoire. The work’s three movements are “Blues,” “Loneliness,” and “Dance.”
After intermission, Dr. Qian will join Patrick Morgan and the nineteen-member Baylor Clarinet Choir for a performance of Joe Clark’s arrangement of Concerto No. 2 in E-flat major for Two Clarinets, Op. 91, by Moravian composer Franz Krommer. Mr. Alaniz will conduct.
This Lyceum Series recital, made possible by the Meadows Foundation of Dallas, is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.