My teacher, Ricardo Morales, will be performing with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, September 21 at GMU. This is a WONDERFUL opportunity for you to hear the preeminent American clarinetist with the orchestra that plays down the street. In addition, tickets for this performance will be just $5 for students and $20 for adults. Compare this with the cost of going to the Kennedy Center, and this is a great deal. Mr. Morales is currently the principal clarinetist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, formerly with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, a position he won at the age of 21. You can read more about him here and hear recordings of him playing the Mozart Concerto, talking about his favorite pieces, and many more things, all available on YouTube. He will be performing one of my most favorite pieces, Aaron Copland's Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra. Listen to another wonderful clarinetist, Jonathan Cohler, play it here.
Even MORE Exciting News....
Ricardo will be giving a masterclass the afternoon before the concert, and it is free and open to anyone wishing to attend. Our own studio member Alison O'Bryan will be one of only six students performing for him, along with former studio member Nick Thompson, who is now a sophomore clarinet major studying with the wonderful Rochelle Oedemann at George Mason. A masterclass is a wonderful chance to get to see the master in action, teaching the students who play for him in front of an audience. This is a rare and exciting opportunity for Alison, Nick, and all in attendance. I would like for as many of my students to attend this class as possible. Please RSVP to Tara Nadel at the Fairfax Symphony at
You MUST hear the New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve concert. (Plus: A Required Listening Assignment)
***Required Listening Assignment is at the end of this post***
Most of you know that I believe listening to live music is one of the most important activities for young musicians. That's why I'd like you to check out this video. From now until January 9, you can watch the New York Philharmonic's "Live from Lincoln Center" New Year's Eve broadcast. I'm having trouble embedding the video on here, so click here to go to the PBS website. If the link doesn't work, here's the website: http://www.pbs.org/programs/live-from-lincoln-center/
I love this concert for many reasons: it's my favorite city, since I grew up in New York and later returned to go to grad school in the city, my favorite orchestra playing some of my favorite pieces by two of my favorite composers, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. To top it off, my amazing former teacher, Ricardo Morales, is the soloist playing the famous opening lick of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. So really, for me, this is one of my favorite concerts ever.
You can watch the video in it's entirely, but if you'd like to listen to individual pieces, you can do that too. Here are the pieces with the timed locations on the video:
Bernstein, Overture to Candide 02:55
Gershwin, Concerto in F 10:00
Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story 1:00:00
Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue 1:30:00
REQUIRED LISTENING: At the 52:00 minute mark, there is a feature on the clarinet solo and an extended (several minute) interview with Mr. Morales. PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS and the BEGINNING 2 MINUTES OF RHAPSODY IN BLUE. I will be asking questions about this in your lessons this week (next week for Tuesday students).