WOW! What a ClarinetFest! Hats off to artistic directors Julia Heinen and Bill Powell and the ICA Board. A mountain of great concerts, presentations, exhibits, dear friends (like Pedro Rubio above) and more! Hard to know what to say, but will mention two amazing presentations I attended.
On the first day of the conference I attended a great master class by USC clarinet professor, Yehuda Gilad. Prof. Gilad has attracted much attention in recent years as his students have risen to prominence in the orchestral and academic clarinet worlds – that’s a smooth way of saying that his students are winning jobs right and left. After attending his master class I now understand why.
Prof. Gilad skillfully worked with six students for two and half hours to an enthusiastic audience in a room that was standing room only. After hearing him just once I was left with the very strong feeling that he is a master teacher. I think one of the strongest comments I can make is that I am eager to try out some of his innovative and creative ideas in my own playing and with my students. AND, I found out at an exhibit that Prof. Gilad is featured teaching in some new online video master classes at http://www.playwithapro.com/. I’m going to check these out soon!
On the fourth day of the ‘Fest I attended a fantastic presentation entitled, “Remembering Joe Allard: A 100th Anniversary Tribute.” A panel led by Edward Joffe discussed Allard’s remarkable life and legendary teaching. The panel also included Eddie Daniels, John Cipolla, Gary Bovyer, and Joe Soldo.
The presentation featured video of Allard performing on a DVD of the 1964 Bell Telephone Hour TV show. There was also audio of Allard teaching a master class. Additionally, panelists performed the premiere of a specially commissioned clarinet quartet, Quartet for Joe Allard, by noted composer/musician Tom Ranier. The presentation was very well attended with some real “heavyweight” studio players from LA also present. I can’t wait to start unpacking all I learned at this fabulous presentation!