Friday, August 3, 2012

ClarinetFest: Day 2



We had a very full second day of ClarinetFest. The day began with a recital featuring works with clarinet an percussion. Karem Simon began with a flashy piece “Cadenzas” by Alexina Louie and Jesse Krebs followed with a beautiful piece “Like Gravity” by John Allemier which included violin, cello, and marimba.
Because this conference is focusing on trends in pedagogy and performance (both past and present), there was a huge emphasis on Daniel Bonade’s teachings today. The first lecture that I attended was lead by Larry Guy and included lots of musical examples of Bonade’s playing both as a very nice handout and as audio examples from the CD that he has compiled. Janice Minor also had a wonderful presentation on the Rose 40 studies “Daniel Bonade Style.”

Of course, we made time for the exhibits and I bought lots of new supplies and tried new equipment. I did not get to try the Buffet Divine yet but they will let us try it out tomorrow since they showed it off tonight.
After a wonderful dinner at Misty’s, we caught the evening performance featuring Corrado Giuffredi and Cesare Chiacchiaretta (accordion). Ricardo Morales also joined them for an arrangement of Mendelssohn’s Concertpiece No. 2. The evening concluded with two world premier pieces played by the ClarinetFest Bass Clarinet Ensemble.

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