|Dan Gilbert Master Class|
The following master class by Donald Montanaro began with an explanation of Leopold Stokowski's new direction of the sound within the Philadelphia Orchestra's woodwind section. His aim was to attain a blend of both French and German schools of playing by appointing Daniel Bonade (clarinet) and Marcel Tabuteau (oboe) as principle players combined with the German bassoon sound. Monatanaro then further explained Tabuteau's method of assigning numbers to correspond with levels of dynamics and applying them within the phrases. He also talked about tongue position and breathe attacks, demonstrating how the air stream should not be forced by the action of tongue. Keeping the audience engaged for over 45 minutes with interesting anecdotes and ideas, I (Kellie) had to leave before the students had a chance to perform. Nonetheless, the master classes was great and offered many insights into approaches on phrasing and articulations.
|Montanaro Master Class|
|Gabriele Mirabassi and Peo Alfonsi|
Finally, the Chicago Clarinet Trio came on with a Divertimento on themes from Mozart's Don Giovanni followed by Defaye's delightful Six Pièces D'Audtion.
|Chicago Clarinet Trio|
We were unable to stay for Michèle Gingras and the Cincinnati Klezmer Trio, but if you did please comment and let us know how it was. We are trying to attend as many events as we can, but you can only handle so much clarinet in one day!