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12 - 13 May 2017

Chicago Clarinet Ensemble Clarinet Symposium - Northeast Illinois University - VIPs Rose Sperrazza John Bruce Yeh, Directors

Chicago, Illinois USA

The Chicago Clarinet Symposium was held at Northeastern Illinois University on May 12-13th. It featured Michael Lowenstern, John Yeh, Jorge Montilla, Chloe Feoranzo, and Eric Mandat, along with the Chicago Clarinet Ensemble, for a gala concert to celebrate the Chicago Clarinet Ensemble's 10th anniversary. The two days were jam packed with master classes and shared recitals, including several world premieres.

Master classes

Shared Recitals

John Bruce Yeh and Jorge Montilla
Michael Lowenstern and Eric Mandat
David Bell, Kathy Pirtle, Andrea DiOrio

Gala Concert

Chicago Clarinet Ensemble, 10th Anniversary Concert with Michael Lowenstern, Jorge Montilla, Chloe Feoranzo, and John Bruce Yeh



8 May 2017

Master Class and Clarinet Choir reading with Performing Organization Chairman and President-Elect of the International Clarinet Association - ICA Mitchell Estrin at New Jersey City College - Joseph D'Auguste, Host

Jersey City, New Jersey USA



Master Classes with Senior VIP David Shifrin, Professor at Yale University and renowned Soloist at the State University of New York at Purchase - VIP Akako Oshima, Host

Purchase, New York USA



1 May 2017

Senior VIP Franklin Cohen Master Class and Concert with the Venner Clarinet Choir

Akron, Ohio USA

              We attended an amazing concert on May 1st at the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Conducted by Jim Adkins, The Venner Clarinet Choir with guest soloists Franklin Cohen and Benjamin Chen gave the large audience a wonderful night of music. The Venner Clarinet Choir is made up of a dozen professional clarinetists.  They included the sounds of all types of clarinets.   The evening ended with Franklin Cohen, Benjamin Chen, and the VCC  performing the Il Convegno by Ponchilli. It is not often that you can attend a free concert and hear Franklin Cohen, principal Bb clarinetist (emeritus), and see Theodore Johnson, principal Eb clarinetist (emeritus), both with The Cleveland Orchestra.  Mr. Cohen also conducted a Master Class with two local high school students.  They totally enjoyed the experience and the concert.

             We wish to thank Katie Smith, Kenston High School, and Curtis Lacey, Lake High School, for participating in the Master Class conducted by Franklin Cohen. We hope they enjoyed the experience and the concert.



 1 May 2017

VIP and Solo Klarinettist in the Berliner Philharmoniker Andreas Ottensamer Soloist performing the Weber 1st Clarinet Concerto Op 73, Mariss Jansons, Conductor - European Concert -



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