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November 14, 2004
The U.S. Naval Academy Band's clarinet section will welcome fellow clarinetists when it holds the fourth annual U.S. Naval Academy Band Clarinet Day. This year's event will be held Thursday and Friday at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Annapolis. Professor Edwin Riley, clarinet professor at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, will conduct a master class on "Playing the Clarinet in the Vocal Style" at 5 p.m. Thursday. At 8 p.m., there will be a guest recital featuring new music and classics for the clarinet.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2013
Weekends are wonderfully musical around here, offering, more often than not, too many events for any one listener to take in, without benefit of helicopter or cloning. The choices I made last weekend paid handsome dividends. On Saturday night at the Gordon Center, which boasts some of the most satisfying acoustics around, the Concert Artists of Baltimore, led by Edward Polochick, delivered a typically diverse program in typically dynamic fashion. When it comes to our local professional orchestras, the Baltimore Symphony rightly holds pride of place; it's one of America's finest, after all. To my ears, the next ensemble in any Baltimore-area ranking would have to be Concert Artists, which, more often than not, plays way beyond its pay scale and produces a sound much richer than its size would suggest.
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NEWS
April 16, 2003
The student: Jason Shafer, 15 School: Atholton High Special achievement: Winner of the Columbia Orchestra Young Artist Competition. He and another winner appeared as soloists with the Columbia Orchestra at a December concert. "I was very surprised and I was very happy. It was a great pleasure," he said. What was it like performing with an orchestra? "I thought I was going to be really nervous, but once I got up on stage it was really a lot of fun. The orchestra was a real pleasure to work with.
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by b staff | @bthesite and b free daily | February 24, 2010
Artist: Todd Marcus Hometown: Baltimore Members: Marcus (bass clarinet) and a wide-ranging group of musicians and friends Sound: Powerful, intricate jazz flowing through a bass clarinet Fact: Marcus didn't pick up the bass clarinet until college. Project: Marcus has begun composing music for a follow up to his debut, In Pursuit of the 9th Man . Next Gig: Joe Squared, March 11 More: toddmarcusjazz.com COMPOSITIONAL BREW "I've explored a thematic style of composing, which is closer to classical composing," Marcus says.
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By Tim Smith | March 9, 2003
The New Music Ensemble, inaugurated last year at Towson University thanks to a gift from the Argosy Foundation, explores works for flute and clarinet tonight. The program offers a rare opportunity around here to sample work by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, whose subtle, intricate, highly individualistic style has earned her a prominent place in the music world today. Other intriguing composers represented on the concert include the largely self-taught Giacinto Scelsi, an eccentric Italian who was particularly noted for his exploration of the expressive possibilities in a single note (he died in the 1980s)
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By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,SUN STAFF | April 10, 2001
Vitie Charles Atkocius Jr. is a sound Lithuanian name, but it doesn't sound like a clarinet player. So, every month for the past year a musician calling himself Chucky Valentine has placed classifieds in Baltimore's Music Monthly: I have played Karen Carpenter's songs 30,000 times. I play Motown, Blue Velvet classics and gravel pit blues. Call late. What happens to a man who plays Karen Carpenter's songs 30,000 times? Chucky Valentine has appeared in other forms, too. Chucky Rainbow Fountain Electric Valentine with diamond fingernails, golden fingers, silver palms, quick silver arms and mercury for blood is stuck at the gate with is altered clarinet.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 3, 2002
One of the most moving and spiritually charged of all 20th-century chamber works will be performed Saturday night when the American Chamber Players take the Smith Theatre stage under the aegis of Columbia's Candlelight Concerts. That piece is Olivier Messiaen's Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time), a work conceived in the crucible of Nazi Germany's destruction of European life. Messiaen, who joined the French army to fight Nazi aggression, was captured by the Germans in 1940.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | March 11, 2002
Christina Gorecki faced a difficult choice this spring: play the clarinet at Carnegie Hall or attend her senior prom at Perry Hall High School. The opportunity to be a part of the National Wind Ensemble won out and in May, Gorecki, 18, will be on her way to New York for a week of rehearsals, sightseeing and a performance May 25 at one of the world's most famous venues. "I expect New York to be a lot of fun," says Gorecki. But "I am kind of intimidated going in. ... The players are a caliber like no other I've played with."
NEWS
October 12, 2005
Ensemble concert -- World Artists Experiences and Maryland Hall will present the Vienna-based Merlin Ensemble in a free concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at Maryland Hall, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. The program will feature Dvorak's Sonatina in G, opus 100 for violin and piano; Bartok's Contrasts for violin, clarinet, and piano; Schubert's Rondo in B minor, opus 70 for violin and piano; and Stravinsky's concert suite from The Soldier's Tale for violin, clarinet and piano. Musicians include ensemble leader and violinist Martin Walch, pianist Till Alexander Koerber and Haruhi Tanaka (left)
NEWS
May 22, 2002
The student: Alexis Lanz, 15 School: Oakland Mills High Special achievement: Alexis was chosen to participate in the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship. The program pays for the clarinet player to take weekly lessons from a National Symphony musician and enroll in college-level music theory classes. He also attends NSO rehearsals, where he has the opportunity to talk with and learn from professional musicians. Why he loves the clarinet: "The clarinet is a very versatile instrument," Alexis said.
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By Brad Schleicher and Brad Schleicher,Sun reporter | October 25, 2007
As much success as Bill Frisell has experienced in more than 20 years of recording and performing as a jazz guitarist, you would think he was born with his notable Fender Telecaster in his hands. Surprisingly, the Baltimore-born, Grammy Award-winning artist's first foray into instrumental music wasn't with a guitar. Before pushing the boundaries of traditional jazz and eschewing the lines between musical genres, Frisell was tackling Tchaikovsky's "Stars and Stripes Forever" as a clarinet player while growing up in Denver.
NEWS
July 19, 2007
George Everett Hunt Jr., a retired mechanical engineer who was active in Masonic affairs, died Sunday of cancer at his Rosedale home. He was 78. Born in New Orleans, Mr. Hunt was adopted at age 3 and moved with his new family to the New York area. He attended public schools there, and he also studied clarinet - later playing that instrument and saxophone briefly with the New York Symphony Orchestra and New Orleans Opera Orchestra, said his wife of 56 years, the former Kathleen L. Budd.
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By TIM SMITH and TIM SMITH,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | February 11, 2006
Call it "Symphony With an Extra Twist." Although conductor Thomas Wilkins looked hale and hearty when he first appeared onstage Thursday night at the U.S. Naval Academy to open the latest program in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's popular Symphony With a Twist series, he got through only two pieces before suddenly taking sick. Intermission was called early (and awkwardly), allowing Wilkins time to recover. He gamely returned to pick up where he had left off, but soon fled again, this time right in the middle of the music, never to return.
NEWS
January 26, 2006
Marian Jean Compello, a clarinet and music teacher, died of Parkinson's disease complications Sunday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Glen Arm resident was 69. Born Marian Jean Soffer in East St. Louis, Ill., she earned a bachelor of music degree at the University of Indiana at Bloomington and a master's in music education from what is now Towson University. She taught music in public schools in Smithville, Ind., before moving to Baltimore in 1966 and becoming band director at the city's Cherry Hill Junior High School.
NEWS
December 26, 2005
Mark Davidoff, an avid clarinet player and retired high school teacher, died Friday at St. Joseph Medical Center of complications after undergoing heart surgery. The Pikesville resident was 83. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Mr. Davidoff played clarinet with the Penn State Blue Band while attending Pennsylvania State University. He also performed with the Work Projects Administration Band during the 1940 inauguration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. After serving as an Army medic during World War II - he earned a Purple Heart for wounds suffered in France - Mr. Davidoff studied French at the Sorbonne in Paris and then completed his undergraduate degree at Bucknell University.
NEWS
October 12, 2005
Ensemble concert -- World Artists Experiences and Maryland Hall will present the Vienna-based Merlin Ensemble in a free concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at Maryland Hall, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. The program will feature Dvorak's Sonatina in G, opus 100 for violin and piano; Bartok's Contrasts for violin, clarinet, and piano; Schubert's Rondo in B minor, opus 70 for violin and piano; and Stravinsky's concert suite from The Soldier's Tale for violin, clarinet and piano. Musicians include ensemble leader and violinist Martin Walch, pianist Till Alexander Koerber and Haruhi Tanaka (left)
NEWS
March 15, 1993
Students play in festivalEast Middle band students recently participated in the annual Carroll County Solo Ensemble Festival which took place at Western Maryland College in Westminster in February.Student performers included:Libby Johnson and Kristen Lambert, flute duo;Jamie Horneff, Carrie Kreider and Sarah Kacmarski, flute trio;Stephanie Wilmsen, Amber Albro, Jessica Woodruff and Brennan Bouma, clarinet quartet;Jessica Clay, Laurie Henze and Stacy Hyle, clarinet trio;Scott Livesay, Don Louey, Casy Norris, Tommy Malehorn and Zach Rhoad, percussion ensemble.
NEWS
November 14, 2004
Chamber names Educator of the Year winners The West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce has honored four county educators for their work in the local public schools. Two teachers shared the Elementary School Educator of the Year honors: fifth-grade teacher Marcus D'Arcangelis of Odenton Elementary School, and special education resource teacher Nina Gaither of Southgate Elementary School. D'Arcangelis has devoted time in and out of school to science programs, involving his students in the Living Classrooms Foundation's exploration of the Chesapeake Bay and guiding them in growing tree seedlings and cranberry plants for a school grounds restoration project.
NEWS
November 19, 2004
Hand bell festival to feature concert The Westminster Ringers will sponsor the 11th annual Adult Handbell Festival Conference tomorrow. The conference will conclude with a concert at 7 p.m. at New Windsor Middle School, 1000 Green Valley Road. The public is invited. An offering will be taken. Seven hand bell ensembles from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia will rehearse for the concert all day under the direction of guest clinician Bradley Morris from Oklahoma. Information: 410-751-9584.
NEWS
November 14, 2004
The U.S. Naval Academy Band's clarinet section will welcome fellow clarinetists when it holds the fourth annual U.S. Naval Academy Band Clarinet Day. This year's event will be held Thursday and Friday at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Annapolis. Professor Edwin Riley, clarinet professor at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, will conduct a master class on "Playing the Clarinet in the Vocal Style" at 5 p.m. Thursday. At 8 p.m., there will be a guest recital featuring new music and classics for the clarinet.
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