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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000338.txt from 2002/06

Subj: Re: [kl] Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, 2002
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2002 11:12:43 -0400

In a message dated Tue, 11 Jun 2002 8:37:12 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< Dr. Etheridge did a great job. I accidentally missed a couple of performances that I would have like to have heard, including Linda Bartley from Wisconsin. This was the
best Symposium I have attended.>>

I got back from the Symposium Sunday night and spent most of yesterday slogging through some 300 e-mails, so ANNIE beat me to the punch.

The Symposium was well-run, and well organized. As an exhibitor I, unfortunately did not get to all the recitals, but what I did hear was interesting, educational, and sometimes downright awe-inspiring.

ANNIE did a good job above discussing the recitals. I just want to add a couple of comments. I snuck in to a recital mid-way and heard Dan Paprocki play the Debussy "Premiere Rhapsody". Very well played Dan!

One of the recitals I really enjoyed was the one ANNIE missed. Linda Barkley, of the University of Wisconsin played the Finzi "Five Bagatelles" and a premiere performance of Paul Schoenfield's "Four Souvenirs" which Linda also arranged (the original is for violin and piano).

Linda's playing just knocked me out! Big sound, flexibilty, control, musicianship, it was all there. I want to play like her when I grow up!

Also, she did us all a favor by arranging the Schoenfield piece. It has four movements, Samba, Tango, Tin Pan Alley, and Square Dance. Each movement evoked the style of it's title, but also stood out as fine pieces of music in their own right. I'm hoping this piece will be available for all of us to enjoy in the near future.

Another happy circumstance was meeting Phil Shapiro and Bob Weiner of the Davie Reed Company. First of all they are a great couple of guys. As our booths adjoined each other, we had ample time for banter, and I'm sorry to say that both Phil and Bob are as nuts as I am!

More importantly, I got to sample the Gonzales and Mozart reeds that they represent. For those who don't know about these reeds, they are made by the same company that produces the Zonda reeds. The cane is absolutely superb!

Also, both the Gonzales and Mozart reeds are made with a cut that promises a longer life for the reed than we have seen with the Zondas. I was immediately more taken with the Gonzales reeds, but as I tried, and worked on a few Mozart reeds, it seemed that they held even greater promise.

I would recommend to anyone that they try these reeds. They play great. (No, I'm not getting a commission.)

It was also fun to meet other klarinet list members and put some faces with names, including our redoutable ANNIE.

Walter Grabner


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