|ClarinetFest 2010 Exhibit Hall|
After spending more than nine years as a resident of Texas, I (Kellie) made it a point to see the Texas Artists-Teachers concert in the Bates Recital Hall. A majority of the program consisted of chamber works starting with a light-hearted clarinet, flute, piano trio by Donald Draganski. The next work was Rebecca Clarke's Prelude, Allegro, and Pastorale for clarinet and viola with David Shea's dark and warm timbre blending nicely with violist Renee Skerik.
|David Shea and Renee Skerik|
|Mary Alice Druhan, Ute Miller, and Mark Miller|
|Christopher Ayer, Kae Hosoda-Ayer, John Goodall|
|Texas Clarinet Consort: Robert Walzel, Raphael Sanders, Doug Storey, Gary Whitman, James Gillespie, John Scott|
|Bass Concert Hall|
After the exquisite melodies of the Mozart, Greg Raden took the stage to perform the Weber Quintet. One would never guess that Raden and the quartet had only two rehearsals prior to the performance. The overall ensemble effect was impeccable as melodies were seamlessly passed between players. To everyone's amazement the tempo of the last movement was quite swift, yet as usual, Raden's beautiful resonant tone and facile technique never faltered.
A change of program order placed the Brahms Quintet last and once again the Enso Quartet returned to the stage to play with Richie Hawley. In this group, the seating arrangement was altered so that the clarinetist was on the outside right corner instead of the middle, and this created a noticeable difference in the balance of the group from where we were sitting. Although Hawley was positioned away from us, it did not prevent his expressiveness and excellent musicianship from shining through. The Enso Quartet exhibited an expressiveness and sensitivity rarely heard in live performance. The level of musicianship of the players was enthralling, and audience turnout was probably the highest of any of the evening concerts. This concert was a clear highlight of the entire conference.
|Greg Raden and the Enso Quartet|