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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000231.txt from 2001/05

Subj: Re: [kl] Clarinetfest 2001 ... sorry for beating the horse
Date: Wed, 9 May 2001 03:32:36 -0400

At 02:53 PM 5/8/01 -0400, you wrote:
>Looking at the schedule, there's an awful lot of "non-recording" clarinet
>players there. There really aren't that many "big-name" performers on the
>roster, and I get many questions on why there's not _more_ big names,
>especially from Europe, on the roster (cost is a major factor - if the
>artists aren't being sponsored then Clarinetfest would have to pay a
>significant amount of money per artist to bring them in!).


I think what I was agreeing with Michael on was with regard to the same
performers that we have seen in the past. Big names are ok by me - it's
just that the same circle of people get rotated in frequently. These are
often performers we see at the OK Symposium and the one held in Sept/Oct
(can't remember where that is - Montana?). At any rate - there are an
awful lot of superb teachers/performers at the "minor" colleges.

I think new performers or young performers are great. I would simply like
to see a greater representation of the membership of ICA rather than the
same select representation. For example, one member told me a couple of
years ago that he was thinking of not renewing his ICA membership because
he had attended 6 Fests - all had the same general people playing during
the 6 year period and he had been refused twice. I never did ask if he
remained a member of ICA - I think he did. He likes the journals............

>I don't think that the festival could stand being much longer without
>losing money; as it is there's a lot of dropouts by Saturday, and by
>Sunday the place is pretty empty.

Absolutely right! It gets tough by the third day. One can only listen to
clarinet music for so long before turning back to the local Oldies station
for relief! I love the best of the best of the best (to quote a favorite
movie of mine) classical/serious/deep literature - but I can't take too
much in one week - I get burned out.

Best wishes,
Roger Garrett

Roger Garrett
Clarinet Professor
Director, Symphonic Winds
Advisor, Recording Services
Illinois Wesleyan University
School of Music
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
(309) 556-3268

"A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes
Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825)

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