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Welcome to the Hot News Pages 2011


January 2011 Hot News

Effortless 5th Annual Clarinet Studio Recital, Richard Nunemaker, Director, with World Premiere held at the University of St Thomas in Houston, Texas  9 January 2011

Premiere Introduction of long awaited Morales-Backun (MOBA) Artist Clarinet jointly developed by Ricardo Morales (Solo Clarinetist in Philadelphia Orchestra) and Morrie Backun at the North American Music Merchants (NAMM) Convention in Anaheim, California 13 January 2011

Rutgers University Woodwind Day - Dr Maureen Hurd-Hause, Director - 23 January 2011

Master Class with Jehuda Gilad at Vandoren Studio in New York 28 January 2011

Clarinet Cornucopia - 'German Romantic' with Guest Artist Eli Eban (Former Solo Clarinetist in Israel Philharmonic and Professor at Indiana University), Dr Gregory Barrett, Director - 29 January 2011 at Northern Illinois University at DeKalb

Portland Clarinet Symposium with Daniel Gilbert from University of Michigan - 29 January 2011 - Dr. Igor Shakhman, Director


February 2011 Hot News

1 SABRe Bass Clarinet Symposium‏, Matthias Mueller, Director - Zurich, Switzerland, 3 - 4 February 2011

Major Chamber concert at Cleveland Institute of Music with Franklin Cohen, Solo Clarinetist in the Cleveland Orchestra in his 35th year, and Professor -  Performing Reger and Brahms Clarinet Quintets 9 February 2011

13th "Gheorghe Dima" International Music Competition - held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania  - 7 - 11 February 2011

Southeast Missouri State University Single Reed Day - Dr Michael Dean, Director with Guest Artist Timothy Phillips, Professor at Troy State University (Alabama) 12 February 2011

University of Central Florida Clarinet Day with Stanley Drucker - Dr Keith Koons, Director - Orlando, Florida - 19 February 2011

Major Jazz Recital with Jazz Clarinetist legend Eddie Daniels, and Roger Kellaway at the Library of Congress in Washington DC  25 February 2011



March 2011 Hot News

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) 9th Clarinet Retreat Symposium with Guest Artists Morrie Backun, Dr Anne Watson, Dr Christy Banks, Jessica Lindsay, and others - Dr Denise Gainey, Director - 5 - 6 March 2011

Major Chamber Recital with Franklin Cohen, Solo Clarinetist in The Cleveland Orchestra at the Cleveland Institute of Music 18 March 2011


International Clarinet Choir Concert in New York 18 March 2011, Timothy Phillips, Soloist in Premiere arrangement of Vivaldi Concerto in A Minor, Seung-ho Choi, Conductor

Vandoren Emerging Artists Competition held through 21 March 2011 -  Clarinet Prize winner Emil Khudyev

Major Master Class at Westminster Choir College with Stanley Drucker, Solo Clarinetist Emeritus of the New York Philharmonic 25 March 2011 in Princeton, New Jersey

Wai Lau, Clarinet Winner - Harold Wright Clarinet Merit Award - 2011  -  Competition held in Boston, Massachusetts 26 March 2011, sponsored by the Boston Woodwind Society


April 2011 Hot News

April 1 - 17 2011 Hot News

Ithaca College (New York) Enduring Masters Clarinet Day with Stanley Drucker,  Dr Michael Galvin and Dr Richard Faria, Directors - 2 April 2011

Troy University (Alabama) Clarinet Day - Dr Timothy Phillips and Dr Katrina Phillips, Directors held 2 April 2011

Iowa Clarinet Day at Simpson College - Dr Gregory Oakes, Director - 2 April 2011

Stanley Drucker honored guest at New York City Board of Education Music Teachers at their Workshop day 8 April 2011

Sergeant First Class John Parrette, in his last Solo appearance as Soloist and Solo Clarinetist in the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, New York before Retirement, Lieutenant Colonel Jim Keene, Commander,  performing the Wilson 'Liquid Ebony' for Clarinet and Winds under Guest Conductor Dr. Wesley J. Broadnax as part of the Conducting Workshop and Great American Works Concert 2011 held through 8 April 2011

Ohio University Clarinet Gala with Guest Artist Dr Scott Wright (University of Kentucky) - Dr Rebecca Rischin, Director held 9 April 2011

Clarimania Festival, Jan Jakub Bokun, Director, held in Wroclaw, Poland - 13 - 16 April 2011


JM Santandreu, Director held at  "Els Poblets (Alicante) Spain with Karl Leister - Solo Klarinettist Emeritus Berliner Philharmoniker, International Soloist and Chamber Music Artist; Honorary Member, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK

Clarinet Legends Conference with Guest Artists Larry Combs (Solo Clarinetist Emeritus in the Chicago Symphony) and Julia DeRoche, Clarinet Professor and Chair of the Woodwinds at DePaul University at Wright State University 20 -21 April 2011, Dr Randall Paul, Director

Ricardo Morales, Solo Clarinetist in the Philadelphia Orchestra and former Solo Clarinetist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra named Solo Clarinetist in the New York Philharmonic succeeding Stanley Drucker made Official 26 April 2011


May 2011 Hot News

1st International Clarinet Competition just held between 30 April - 5 May has concluded with the following information as seen below: The Jury of the 1st Lisbon International Clarinet Meeting composed by Prof. Karl Leister (president), Prof. David Krakauer, Prof. Justo Sanz, Prof. Jean-Sebastien Béreau, Prof. António Menino and Prof. Moreira Jorge, decided to give the following prizes:  1st  Prize - ANNELIEN VAN WAUWE,  (Belgium)

2nd  Prize - CANDIDA OLIVEIRA (Portugal), 3rd  Prize - LEONID POPOV (Ukraine)

Seventh edition of the  Breno “International Clarinet Competition” “G. Mensi” -  Silvio Maggioni, Artistic Director - President of the jury was Wenzel Fuchs - Solo Clarinetist in the Berliner Philharmoniker - Other members of the jury included Luigi Magistrelli, Nicola Miorada, Primo Borali and Silvio Maggioni -  Held 12 - 14 May 2011

All Musician for Japan Benefit Concert Friday, May 13th 2011 to benefit the victims of the Massive Earthquake and Tsunomi 11 March 2011 with Charles and Ayo Neidich and friends from the Juilliard School Community

Chicago Clarinet Ensemble Careers and Premieres Concert with Stanley and Naomi Drucker and Master Class with Advanced Students - Rose Sperrazza and John Bruce Yeh (Chicago Symphony), Artistic Directors at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois 27 - 28 May 2011


June 2011 Hot News

Gregory Oakes, Professor at Iowa State University and Renowned Soloist named as Solo Clarinetist in the Des Moines (Iowa) Symphony

9th Annual To Blow is to Play - Recital with World Premieres - University of St Thomas, 12 June 2011  - Richard Nunemaker, Director

Stephen Williamson, Solo Clarinetist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra named as Solo Clarinetist in the Chicago Symphony effective Fall 2011

D Stanley Hasty -  Retired Solo Clarinetist in Rochester Philharmonic;  Professor Emeritus at Eastman School of Music and Major Teacher Legend - In Memoriam  22 June 2011

3rd Clarinetopia at the State University of New York at Stony Brook - Michael Webster and Alan R Kay, Directors, with Guest Artists Caroline Hartig (Michigan State University) and Charles Neidich (International Soloist, member of NY Woodwind Quintet, and Professor at the Juilliard School) - 22 - 26 June 2011


July 2011 Hot News

World Premičre: Fazil Say's Clarinet Concerto KHAYYAM at Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival with Soloist Sabine Meyer in Kiel and Lubeck, Germany 16 - 17 July 2011

5th Buffet-Crampon Summer Clarinet Academy with World Class Performing Faculty including Stanley Drucker (New York Philharmonic), John Gunn and Ixi Chen (Cincinnati Symphony), Daniel Gilbert (Cleveland Orchestra and University of Michigan), Andre Moisan (Bass Clarinetist in Symphonique de Montreal), Mitchell Estrin, Francois Kloc, Matt Vance, and Mary Marshall Baxter, Directors, held 18 - 23 July at University of North Florida in Jacksonville


August 2011 Hot News

Clarinet Summer School at Hope University - Liverpool, United Kingdom - Andrew Roberts, Director - 29 July - 1 August 2011

ClarinetFest 2011 held at California State University at Northridge in collaboration with the International Clarinet Association -  Julia Heinen and William E Powell, Directors - 3 - 7 August 2011

Carl Maria von Weber - 2nd Clarinet Concerto, Op 74 - Franklin Cohen, Soloist - Blossom Music Festival with The Cleveland Orchestra - 28 August 2011


September 2011 Hot News

Troy University Clarinet Half-Day Hosted by Dr. Timothy Phillips with Guest Artists Dr Julia Heinen (Professor at Cal State University, Northridge, California), and Peter Wright (Solo Clarinetist in Jacksonville, Florida Symphony) held 17 September 2011

Ted Lane, Solo Clarinetist in Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional del Salvador Soloist in Weber 2nd Clarinet Concerto Op 74 performed 22 - 23 September 2011

New York Philharmonic Chamber Concert with Winds and Piano at East Stroudsburg University, Pennsylvania 25 September 2011


October 2011 Hot News

Stanley Drucker, New York Philharmonic Solo Clarinetist Emeritus, Soloist in Performances of Copland Clarinet Concerto with Greenwich (Connecticut)  Symphony, David Gilbert, Conductor 1 - 2 October 2011

Vandoren/Buffet Clarinet Ensemble Festival held at Michigan State University, Mitchell Estrin, Caroline Hartig Directors - 1 - 2 October 2011

Clarinettissimo 11 - University of Washington,  (Seattle) Sean Osborne, Director

Mercadante International Clarinet Competition - Bari, Italy- 13 - 16 October 2011

Boston Clarinet Day, Michael Norsworthy, Director - 16 October 2011

Rutgers University (New Brunswick, New Jersey) Woodwind Day, Maureen Hurd-Hause and Jessica Phillips Reise, Directors - 23 October 2011

Liam Burke  (Student of Jon Manasse) named Winner of the Juilliard Copland Clarinet Concerto Competition held 24 - 25 October with upcoming Performance 21 November with the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall in New York

Selmer New York Exhibition with Performances over a 5 day period 25 - 29 October 2011 at Steinway Hall near Carnegie Hall


November 2010 Hot News

Chicago Clarinet Collaborations at NE Illinois University with Guest Artist Charlene Zimmermann, Solo Clarinetist in Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, John Bruce Yeh (Associate Solo Clarinetist/Eb Clarinet in Chicago Symphony), and Dr Rose Sperrazza (Professor at NE Illinois University) and Artistic Director of the Chicago Clarinet Ensemble - held 4 - 5 November 2011

Special Homage Concert dedicated to Bass Clarinetist and Inventor Ben Armato Retired from the Metropolitan Opera at Copland House with Jonathan Cohler, Jessica Phillips-Rieske and other major artists 20 November 2011

Cleveland Institute of Music Major Chamber Concerts with Franklin Cohen, Professor and Solo Clarinetist in The Cleveland Orchestra performed 20 - 21 November 2011

Dr Himie Voxman, Celebrated Clarinetist, Pedagogue, and Chair of the University of Iowa School of Music, In Memoriam - 22 November 2011

Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal Standard Life International Competition held through 26 November 2011 - 1st Prize winner Clarinetist in Woodwinds category: the winner is Eric Abramovitz, 18 years old, Quebec, clarinet, and 2nd Prize Vincent Boilard, 23 years old, Quebec - Jury included in the Woodwind area Sir James Galway and Stanley Drucker

Inaugural formation of ChamberFest Cleveland with an inaugural concert 27 November and Festival 23 June - 1 July 2012 with Directors Diana Cohen (Concertmistress in Richmond Symphony) and Franklin Cohen (Solo Clarinetist in Cleveland Orchestra)


December Hot News Page

Ricardo Morales, Solo Clarinetist in Philadelphia Orchestra, performs Concerto Performance with the Copland Clarinet Concerto under Conductor Marin Alsop 1 - 3 December 2011

1st European Clarinet Association (ECA) Competition and Master Class and Festival with comprehensive array of Guest Artists from throughout Europe convening - Matthias Mueller, Director - 6 - 11 2011 at the Madrid Conservatory, Spain

Clarinetist/Bass Clarinetist Don Ambler, Retired from the Denver Symphony and Director of the Colorado Clarinet Choir for 40 years, honored by both the Clarinet Choir and the Colorado Symphony 11 December 2011



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