Click over Logo to Home Page



October 2015 Newsletter


1 - 5 October 2015


Plovdiv International Chamber Music Competition


Plovdiv, Bulgaria




1 - 18 October 2015


Evan Christopher Jazz Tour



3 October 2015


The guest performer at the YerazArt Foundation’s Dinner Reception and Benefit Concert on October 3, clarinetist Narek Arutyunian, is an artist who “reaches passionate depths with seemingly effortless technical prowess and beguiling sensitivity” (The Washington Post).


Arutyunian has performed the Copland Clarinet Concerto with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall as well as Artie Shaw’s Concerto for Clarinet with The Boston Pops. Mr. Arutyunian has also appeared as soloist with the Meridian Symphony, the Albany Symphony, and the Longwood Symphony. He has performed recitals at the Morgan Library and Museum, the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, the Lied Center of Kansas, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, the Westport Arts Center, the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Music for Youth, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, to name a few.


Arutyunian has performed extensively in Australia, Asia, and in Europe, where he appeared at the Louvre in Paris and the Palazzo del Principe in Genoa, among others.

Born in 1992 in Gyumri, Armenia, Arutyunian graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory. By the age of 16, he had already won First Prizes in the International Young Musicians Competition in Prague and the Musical Youth of the Planet Competition in Moscow. A winner of the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he was presented in debut recitals at Merkin Concert Hall and the Kennedy Center to rave reviews.

Arutyunian’s growing career has also included numerous educational outreach programs in New York City public schools and around the country.

He lives in New York City, and works with VIP Charles Neidich



3 - 4 October 2015




Clarinettissimo Festival at Southern Pacific University, Sean Osborne, Director


Seattle, Washington


Master-classes, Workshops, Vendors, Performances, Community Clarinet Choir

Theme: Composer-clarinetist

Special Guest: Eric Mandat, Professor of Clarinet, Southern Illinois University, and internationally-recognized composer/clarinetist and new music specialist.

Participants: International Clarinet Soloist Sean Osborn, SPU clarinet teacher Mary Kantor, Clarinetists Jennifer Nelson and Florie Rothenberg, Conductor William Blayney, and Pianist Jessica Choe.

Music by: Eric Mandat, Sean Osborn, Finzi, Crusell, Uhl, Jettel, Cavallini, and more.

Contact Sean Osborn to sign up to play in the master-classes.


4 October 2015



Arizona State University at Tempe - VIP Robert Spring with Memorial Concert



5 - 10 October 2015


Festival International de Clarinetes





Costa Rica


6 - 9 October 2015


Melissano (LE), Italy




7 October 2015





Violins of Hope Chamber concert at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Senior VIP Franklin Cohen


Cleveland, Ohio


Violins of Hope Event: Faculty Recital
(Concert Series) - 8 PM

Pre-concert lecture at 7:15 PM with Oded Zehavi,
Israel Institute Schusterman Visiting Artist

ZEHAVI   Seagull for Violin and Piano (2001)
SCHULHOFF   Duo for Violin and Cello (1925)
MESSIAEN   Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) (1940-41)

Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano
Franklin Cohen, clarinet
Joan Kwuon, violin
Jaime Laredo, violin
Sharon Robinson, cello
ZEHAVI Seagull for Violin and Piano (2001)
SCHULHOFF Duo for Violin and Cello (1925)
MESSIAEN Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) (1940-41)

Location: Kulas Hall
Price: Free and open to the public
Sponsor: Presented in appreciation of Materion Corporation



7 - 11 October 2015


Bela Kovacs Clarinet Competition


Bekecscaba, Hungary






8 - 9 October 2015


 Augsburg, Germany   -  (National Selections take place before around April in the European Countries)


Basic information about the Lions European Musical Competition (LEMC)

In order to encourage talented young musicians, a Musical prize is presented annually on occasion of each Lions Europa Forum. During the Europa Forum a competition will be organized to identify the winner of the annual prize. The selected instrument, that is to be played in the competition, changes yearly.

A. Participants:
1) Participants should be maximum 23 years old on January 1st in the year of the competition.
2) Participants should have been resident in the territory of the entering member of the Europa Forum for at least five years prior to January 1st in the year of the competition. 3) “Members” are countries or states as defined in Article III - Rules of Procedures of the Europa Forum.
4) No winner of any competition may participate in any future competition.
5) Each member of the Europa Forum may nominate one and only one participant for the competition. Preliminary competitions are realized in most of the participating member countries (in Lions language: Multi-District level) or in smaller regional areas (in Lions language: District levels). Detailed information about these preliminary competitions you may get on your Multi-District or District homepages. If there remain questions don ́t hesitate contacting us.
6) The registration of the participants has to be done with the Chairman of the Committee by June 30th in the year of the competition.
7) All costs of a participant attending the competition will be the responsibility of the entering member.

B. Competition:

1) Each participant will be required to perform: The imposed piece of a duration of approx. ten minutes and two pieces of his/her selection from a provided repertoire list. 2) The prizes will be:
1st prize: 3.500 EUR
2nd prize: 2.000 EUR
3rd prize: 1.000 EUR

Lions European Musical Competition 2015 for the Clarinet


IMPOSED WORK - Compulsory
Concert in A-Major K.V.622, 2nd & 3rd Movement – W.A. Mozart
REPERTOIRE - each candidate must play one of these pieces for the MD Final and choose two for the European Final.
1. Four Pieces, op 5 – Alban Berg
2. Sonata No. 1 F-Minor op 120 1st movement – Johannes Brahms
3. Concert F-Minor, op 5 1st movement – Bernhard Henrik Crusell
4. 1ere Rhapsodie – Claude Debussy
5. Sonata for Clarinet Solo – Edison Denisov
6. Thema con Variazioni – Jean Francaix
7. Sonatine pour Clarinette et Piano - Darius Milhaud
8. Concerto op 57, 1st movement – Carl Nielson
9. Introduction, theme and variations – Gioacchino Rossini
10. Fantasiestucke op 73 – Robert Schumann
11. Rigoletto – Fantasia do concerto – Verdi/Luigi Bassi/Giampieri

12. Concert no 1 F-Minor, op 73 1st movement – Carl Maria von Weber

The clarinetist and composer Jörg Widmann will write a piece for the competition in Augsburg.


 All candidates are asked to prepare it. It will be performed – as a first performance - with orchestra during the closing session of the Europa Forum on 11th October in Augsburg/Germany by one of the winners of the 1st to 3rd prize. Also the imposed piece will be performed there. All participants of the European Final in Augsburg will receive the score of the Widmann composition through the organisation committee of the LEMC.

National Selections are taking place in the different European countries and on different dates. 

Here you find the contacts of the Lions Clubs:

LIONS Secretariats 

MD 101 Sweden

Geijversvägen, 24 SE-112 44 Stockholm
T + 46 8 744 59 00
F + 46 8 726 92 00

MD 102 SwitzerlandLiechtenstein

Sibylle Frank
Hirschmattstrasse 15, 6003 Luzern
T + 41 41 22 66 108
F + 41 41 22 66 109

MD 103 France

295, rue Saint-Jacques
FR-75005 Paris
T + 33 (0)1 46 34 14 10
F + 33 (0)1 46 33 92 41

MD 104 Norway

Ensjoveien, 18
N0-0661 Oslo
T + 4 7 23 24 46 30
F + 47 23 24 46 39

MD 105 England-Eire

257, Alcester Road South Kings Heath
Birmingham B14 8BT (UK)
T + 44 1 21 441 45 44
F + 44 1 21 441 45 10

MD 106 Denmark

Kobenhavnsvej, 19
DK-3400 Hillerod
T + 45 48 25 56 34

MD 107 Finland

Kirkonkyläntie, 10
FI- 00700 Helsinki
T + 358 9 565 5950
F + 358 9 565 59555

MD 108 Italy

Piazza Buenos Aires, 5
IT-00-198 ROMA
T + 39 6 4 287 07 78
F + 39 6 4 287 07 86

MD 109 lceland

Sóltuni 20
IS-105 Reykjavik
T + 354 561 3122
F + 354 561 5122

MD 110 The Netherlands

Concordiaweg 149/151
NL-4206 BK Gorinchem
T + 31 183 62 00 66
F + 31 183 62 16 01

MD 111 Germany

Bleichstrasse, 1-3
DE-65183 Wiesbaden
T + 49 611 991 54 81
F + 49 611 991 54 83

MD 112 Belgium

Houba de Strooperlaan 90 - 1020 Brussel
Tel. 02/478 17 31 - Fax 02/478 14 72

D 113 Luxemburg

40, Bld Napoléon 1er
LU-2210 Luxembourg
T + 352 45 78 79
F + 352 45 78 19


MD 114 Austria

Fleschgasse 32/5
AT-1030 Vienna
T + 43 1 877 48 89
F + 43 1 877 07 40

MD 116 Spain

Plaza del Callao, 4-14°C
ES-28013 Madrid
T + 91 521 75 16
F + 91 532 83 51

D 126 Croatia

Jusuf Sehanovic
LC Porec
Musalez 77
52440 Porec



10 - 12 October 2015


San Paolo, Brazil



15 - 18 October 2015


11th Mercadante International Clarinet Competition,   VIP Antonio Tinelli, Director


Bari, Italy







11 October 2015


Michigan State University Clarinet Extravaganza - VIP's Guy Yehuda and Elsa Ludewig Verdehr, Directors


East Lansing, Michigan





16 - 19 October 2015


International Meisterkurse Wetzler


Bad Nauheim, Germany




17 October 2015



Chicago, Illinois



VIP Rose Sperrazza, Director


               Small clarinet ensembles ranging from a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 8 players. In lieu of screening recordings, each group must send a short referral/recommendation letter from a teacher or professional reference. Please send the letter, via email, to Dr. Rose Sperrazza, Applications may be filled out and submitted on line (see below).


            Repertoire: Original or transcriptions are acceptable. Please choose repertoire that shows the group at its best w...ithin the 8-minute time limit. Performances that exceed 8 minutes will be disqualified.

Date/Location: The competition will be held at Northeastern Illinois University, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, IL 60659. on October 17th, 2015 at 3:00PM. The competition will be open to audience members and begins at 3:00PM. Each group will be notified of acceptance within one week of application submission.


            Requirements: There are no age restrictions. Groups of all experience levels are welcome but please be advised that letters of recommendation will be strongly considered. There is a $15 fee per member of each ensemble. Payment may be in the form of check (Chicago Clarinet Ensemble) or Pay Pal (you will be invoiced after acceptance). Payment must be made in full within 5 business days of the ensemble’s official acceptance.

Prize: $1,000. Taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners.

Adjudicators: To Be Announced



18 October 2015 - 3 PM at Life Center at Neumann University


VIP Ricardo Morales, Solo Clarinetist in the Philadelphia Orchestra, Soloist Performing Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Delaware County Symphony


Aston, Delaware



18 October 2015


New York City


Tenri Cultural Institute – 43A W. 13th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)


Tickets: $25/$15 students and seniors


  New Music by Tokyo & NYC Composers

David Del Tredici
Gilbert Galindo
Lyudmilla German
Masatora Goya
William Mayer

Jun Nagao
Ian Ng
Fernando Otero
Dana Richardson
Ned Rorem
Michael Rose
Richard Rosenfeld
Chatori Shimizu
Ippo Tsuboi
Russell Wimbish

Farewell for Clarinet and Piano   (World Premier. Clarinet version)
* He Rescued Them in their Peril for Clarinet and Piano    (World Premier)
* Molto delicato
 for Clarinet and Piano    (World Premier)
* Moon Rabbits 月兎 Tsuki usagi for Clarinet and Piano
Abandoned Bells
for Solo Piano
Wanderers  for Clarinet and Piano Four Hands   (United States Premier)
Rose, Sunflower and Lily 
for Clarinet and Piano   (World Premier)
Piringundin for Clarinet and Piano   (World Premier. Clarinet version)
* Sakura
 for Clarinet and Piano    (United State Premier)
* Four Colors 
for Clarinet and Piano
* My Bones Seek Rest 
for Hichiriki and Piano   (United States Premier)
* Peace 
for Clarinet and Piano   (United States Premier)
Noise of a Pondering Mind  for Hichiriki, Sho, and Koto   (World Premier)
Sky View Factor II 
for Clarinet and Piano   (United States Premier)
* Hardcore 
for Clarinet and Piano   (United States Premier)

* Composed for Thomas Piercy

                Critically acclaimed clarinetist and hichiriki player Thomas Piercy will be joined by pianists Taka Kigawa and Judith Olson, Koto player Jun Ando, and Sho player Chatori Shimizu at “Tokyo to New York,” a concert featuring six world premiers and six U.S. premieres composed for Piercy by Tokyo- and NYC-based composers.

The music – in a wide variety of styles – features premieres by Fernando Otero (Latin Grammy Award), Gilbert Galindo (Meet the Composer Van Lier Fellow), Jun Nagao (Takemitsu Award), David Del Tredici (Pulitzer Prize), and Ian Ng (ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award).


              Other world premieres on the program are by New York-based composer Lyudmilla German and Japanese composer Chatori Shimizu. U.S. premieres are by Tokyo composer Ippo Tsuboi and NYC composers Dana Richardson, Michael Rose, Richard Rosenfeld, and Russell Wimbish. Other works are by Masatora Goya, William Mayer, and Ned Rorem.


             Under the direction of Thomas Piercy, “Tokyo to New York” celebrates connections between Tokyo and New York City with a series of concerts in Tokyo and NYC. The concerts feature new works composed for Western classical instruments as well as traditional Japanese instruments. They include a wide variety of styles of music, from Japanese avant-garde to American contemporary classical, abstract to minimalism, neo-Romantic to tango nuevo, J-pop to jazz-influenced pieces.


            The composers range from 19 to 91 years of age. They come from all walks of life and experience: From university students to university professors; from self-taught composers to composers with Ph.Ds; from emerging composers to composers who have won such prominent awards as the Takemitsu Prize, Grammy Award, Latin Grammy Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. The musicians of “Tokyo to New York” have had the opportunity to work with many of the Japanese and American composers programmed in these concerts. Since 2012, “Tokyo to New York” has performed over 60 world premiers and numerous Japan and United States Premiers. All the works on the “Tokyo to New York” concerts are performed in both New York City and Tokyo.


           This concert is co-Presented with Arts at Tenri. To make reservations, please email or call 212-645-2800.


           For more information about “Tokyo to New York,” please visit Tonada Productions’s website.



19 - 20 October 2015


Master Class with VIP Eddy Vanoosthuyse in conjuction with the Mercadante Clarinet Competition


Bari, Italy




19th - 23rd October 2015


Autumn clarinet course - VIP Sarah Watts, Director




Isle of Raasay, Scotland


I am running a new Autumn clarinet course on the Isle of Raasay, Scotland (where I also run my bass clarinet course). The course is primarily aimed at adult amateurs of an intermediate - advanced standard, but I will welcome students too. Dates are 19th - 23rd October.
Bookings now open - please help me to spread the word! It's one of the most beautiful places in the world!



10 October - 10 December


David Krakauer Big Picture Tour in New York and Europe


  The Big Picture in NYC and Europe Fall 2015

I am bringing my cinematic concert The Big Picture to NYC and Europe coming this fall!

Visit the new website for The Big Picture to find out (almost) everything you wanted to know.

THE BIG PICTURE is way more than a concert. It is true multi-media storytelling, where Krakauer acts as the audience’s tour guide through a landscape of collective memory, emotional catharsis and pure entertainment. Music and the movies are the through-line of it all.

See when The Big Picture is coming near you below or on my website here.

I thought I would share a few thoughts on why I chose each of these particular films for this project that is very special to me. In short, each of the films chosen relates to Judaism (and therefore to my story) either directly in terms of content or more philosophically in terms of sensibility. Both the CD and the show start off with these two pieces of music:

1) Willkommen (from Cabaret)
I saw Cabaret when it first came out, and was so moved both by Liza Minelli's performance and the powerful message of the film that talks about the rise of Fascism in the early 30s. And of course, what better way to start a show (in this case The Big Picture) than by saying "Wilkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome!"

2) La Vita e Bella (from Life is Beautiful)
The theme for this gorgeous movie really captures the innocence of childhood‎. For me it was interesting to musically combine that sense of innocence in the theme with the dark elements of the plot  (i.e. The Holocaust) that are not brought out explicitly in the version of that music that's used in the film.

Read more about the films chosen for The Big Picture on my blog.

Join me to play a concert together in Paris!
In conjunction with my European tour of The Big Picture, I invite you to join me onstage for a private concert. If you are a passionate musician (clarinetist, saxophonist, guitarist, drummer, bassist...) and want to join me on the 30th of October in Paris for an exceptional day of discovery and a unique concert... Send us your best recording (5 min max.) You have until the 4th October 2015 at midnight!
Enter here:
Performance Dates
Oct 10
Great Hall Cedar Rapids, IA, US
with Orchestra
Oct 14
Museum of Jewish Heritage New York, NY, US
The Big Picture
Oct 18
Museum of Jewish Heritage New York, NY, US
The Big Picture
Oct 23
Republic Salzburg, AT
Acoustic Klezmer Quartet
Oct 24
Akkordeon Akut Festival Halle, DE
Acoustic Klezmer Quartet
Nov 12
Filharmonia Częstochowa Częstochowa, PL
The Big Picture
Nov 14
Tolhaus Karlsruhe, DE
The Big Picture
Nov 15
Gasteig Munich, DE
The Big Picture
Nov 17
Moods Zurich, CH
The Big Picture
Nov 21
La Cigale Paris, FR
The Big Picture
Nov 22
Synagoga Pod Bialym Bocianem Wroclaw, PL
The Big Picture
Dec 16
Kanbar Performing Arts Center San Francisco, CA, US
with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
Dec 17
First Congregational Church Berkeley, CA, US
with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
Dec 18
First United Methodist Church Palo Alto, CA, US
with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
Dec 19
Herbst Theatre San Francisco, CA, US
with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg  
Dec 20
Osher Marin JCC San Rafael, CA, US
with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg  

More dates at



21 October 2015



Andrew Marriner (Solo Clarinetist in London Symphony) Master Class at the Buffet Crampon New York Showroom


Principal Clarinet with the London Symphony Orchestra & Buffet Crampon Artist ANDREW MARRINER will be giving a master class at the Buffet Group NY Showroom on Wednesday October 21st from 3 - 5pm. Wine & Cheese - Buffet Group NY Showroom - 153 W 36th St , NYC



23 - 24 October 2015


Master Class with VIP Yehuda Gilad


Greig Music Academy


Bergen, Norway







23 - 25 October 2015


Carlino, Italy



25 October 2015


VIP Kazuo Fujii Preghiera Recital





 25 October 2015  - 3 PM


Cleveland, Ohio




Senior VIP Franklin Cohen, clarinet

Kirsten Docter, viola / Bronwyn Branerdt, cello
Sergei Babayan & Rafael Skorka, piano


Repertoire: (in no particular order)


Beethoven Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11, “Gassenhauer” (1796) [22:06] for Clarinet, Cello and Piano
Frank Cohen, clarinet / Bronwyn Banerdt, cello / Sergei Babayan, piano

Mozart Trio in E-flat Major, K. 498, “Kegelstatt” (1786) [20:30] for clarinet, viola and piano
Frank Cohen, clarinet / Kirsten Docter, viola / Rafael Skorka, piano

David Conte Clarinet Sonata (2015) – one mvt.  [7-8 min] (premiere – written for Frank Cohen / ART 25th anniversary)
Frank Cohen, clarinet / Rafael Skorka, piano

Schubert Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821 (1824) [25:46]




26 October - 3 November 2015




Maria Ross Historic Clarinet USA Tour from Germany


Several Universities as posted below


Marie Ross

                I'm very excited to be traveling to the US this fall to give 6 workshops on historical clarinet and performance practice at some excellent Universities and Cons...ervatories: Eastman School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Northwestern University, DePaul University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Wheaton College Conservatory of Music! I'm really looking forward to talking to the students about early music and introducing them to some different clarinets!



October 26, 2015 Cleveland Institute of Music
October 27, 2015 18:00 - 20:00 Eastman School of Music
October 29, 2015, 16:30 - 18:00 Northwestern University
October 30, 2015 DePaul University
November 3, 2015 11:00 - 12:20 University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana
November 3, 2015 19:00 - 21:00 Wheaton College Conservatory of Music

 Here's the link: I also have a page there about some of the historical clarinets from my collection
Workshops and Master classes | Marie Ross
Check out! Historical clarinetist, Marie Ross, gives master classes, lectures, and workshops demonstrating all eras of the clarinet

30 October 2015


Vendredi, France



31 October - 1 November 2015


Boston Clarinet Academy - VIP Jonathan Cohler, Director


1st weekend of sessions with Senior VIP Franklin Cohen  (Cleveland Orchestra Principal Clarinetist Emeritus)




World Class Faculty - several WKA Artist Officer VIP's over several weekends of Master Classes and concerts


We are very excited to announce the founding and launch of the Boston Clarinet Academy! Our first intensive clarinet weekend features Franklin Cohen (Cleveland Orchestra) and Jonathan Cohler on October 31 and November 1. For more information, and to apply now click on the link below. SPACE IS LIMITED to 15 students and 5 Auditors so APPLY NOW! The 2015-2016 season includes eight weekends between October and June featuring the best clarinetists from all over the world such as Philippe Cuper (France), Wenzel Fuchs (Germany), Luis Rossi (Chile), Gabor Varga (Hungary), Franklin Cohen (USA), Jonathan Cohler (USA), Yuan Yuan (China), and more TBA. We hope to see you very soon at BCA!


31 October 2015




Clarinet Day at Utrecht Conservatory, VIP Celeste Zewald, Director


Utrecht, The Netherlands


Save the date: on Saturday 31 October is there at the Utrecht conservatory again the annual klarinetdag! Clarinettists of all ages (Minimumnivo Hafa B+) can come play, attend workshops with various topics, lessons, get clothes and tools to try out, get personal advice and so on. A really fun and instructive day for both people who later to a conservatory want if amateurs who wish to look or even want to go through this as well as other interested parties. In order to gain an impression, check out this filmplje of last year! Is Allen, it is super!

Sign in: Klarinetdagutrecht@Hotmail.Com



Copyright © 1999 All rights reserved.
        Revised: October 24, 2015