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David Shifrin and friends celebrate clarinet music in Nov. 15 recital

October 27, 2011

YSM performers join Shifrin in music from Mozart to Brahms to Panetti

The Yale School of Music presents clarinetist David Shifrin and friends in a Faculty Artist Series recital on Tuesday, November 15th at 8 pm. Shifrin, who just enjoyed a successful performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, will perform a diverse program including not only Mozart but also composers as diverse as Poulenc, Ponchielli, and Joan Panetti.

The program opens with Mozart’s Divertimento No. 1 in B-flat major for three basset horns – an instrument similar to the alto clarinet but with a different tone color. Shifrin, along with two of his YSM students, will play basset horns in this performance.

Recent YSM alumna Romie de Guise-Langlois will join Shifrin in Poulenc’s Sonata for two clarinets, and piano alumna Amy J. Yang will play the Brahms Sonata in F minor, Op. 120, No. 1, with Shifrin.

This concert will offer the world premiere of the newest version of Lobgesang for seven clarinets by YSM faculty composer Joan Panetti. The piece was written for Keith Wilson, the School of Music’s longtime clarinet professor (before Shifrin’s tenure), and will be performed by current and former YSM students – including Thomas Masse, now the University’s deputy provost for the arts.

The program will also include two pieces with string instruments: Alan Shulman’s Rendezvous for Benny, a piece written for clarinetist Benny Goodman, and Ponchielli’s Il Convegno for two clarinets and strings.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

ABOUT DAVID SHIFRIN

Winner of the 2000 Avery Fisher Prize, clarinetist David Shifrin has appeared with the Philadelphia and Minnesota orchestras and the Dallas, Seattle, Houston, Milwaukee, Detroit, and Denver symphonies. He has appeared in recital at Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. In addition, he has appeared in recital and as soloist with orchestra throughout Europe and Asia. He is a three-time Grammy nominee and has been the artistic director of Chamber Music Northwest since 1980. An artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1989, he served as its artistic director from 1992 to 2004. He is Professor in the Practice of Clarinet and Chamber Music at the Yale School of Music, where he is also the artistic director of Yale in New York and the Oneppo Chamber Music Series.

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