|Jesse Krebs, Kazuo Murakami, Mira Frisch|
|Clarinet and Hand Drum Duo|
Next, people filled a classroom to hear Scott McAllister's presentation about his life and work. He shared the story of his promising career as a clarinetist which was cut short by a car accident that damaged his right hand. McAllister said that after the accident, he began to focus on composition, and talked about the inspiration for such pieces as X, Black Dog, and Bling Bling. He played X in its entirety as well as part of Bling Bling, and impressed everyone with his abilities as a clarinetist despite his injury. He also offered some tips for clarinets working on his music, emphasizing that in his music, style and energy is more important than notes.
A highlight from the afternoon was Eric Mandat's premiere of his Three Studies, composed specifically for the celebration of Stanley Hasty's life and teaching. This work featured an all-star clarinet ensemble of Hasty students with Eric Mandat conducting, and was based on etudes that Hasty used in his teaching. The work was a great end to the afternoon-long celebration of clarinet legend Stanley Hasty.
The Saturday evening concert at Bass Concert Hall was a concerto concert, featuring soloists with the ClarinetFest Orchestra. First was Alan Kay with an exciting performance of the lesser-known Busoni Concertino. Then Philippe Cuper dazzled the audience with his rendition of Spohr's Concerto No. 2. Probably one of the most difficult clarinet concertos, the piece frequently ascends to double high C, and demands great technical virtuosity from the soloist -- which Cuper certainly delivered.
The second half of the concert began with Sergoi Bosi playing two shorter Italian works for clarinet and orchestra. He engaged the audience (and orchestra) with his confidence and expressive physical presence onstage.
The Copland Concerto is probably the most well-loved clarinet concerto of the twentieth century, and José Franch-Ballester's commanding performance was outstanding even at a ClarinetFest filled with great performances. The appreciative audience was instantly on their feet to give him the old "Texas Stand-up"!