Duo 35 Tour 2018! ClarinetMike and Saxophonist Todd Oxford to Give World Premiere in Texas and Canada!

Duo 35 Tour 2018 Poster

Saxophonist Todd Oxford and I are hitting the road soon for our Duo 35 Tour 2018. Leading off our program will be the World Premiere of Robert Fruehwald’s Plaisir d’amour for clarinet and alto saxophone! I will also be giving the North American Premiere of When Armenian Butterflies Dream by Jeffrey Hoover. Tour Itinerary is above and Program and Program Notes (on the premieres) are below. For the complete Duo 35 Tour 2018 Program and Program Notes CLICK HERE.

Duo 35 Tour 2018
Michael Dean, clarinet
Todd Oxford, saxophone


Plaisir d’amour (2017) by Robert Fruehwald (b.1957)
(clarinet & alto saxophone) (World Premiere)

Sweet and Go (2014) by Armando Ghidoni (b.1959)
(alto saxophone)

When Armenian Butterflies Dream (2015) by Jeffrey Hoover (b.1959)
(clarinet) (North American Premiere)

*Tango Magnetism (1998) by Dan Gutwein (b. 1951)
(alto saxophone & cd)


*Talking Pictures (1984) by Amy Quate (b. 1953)
(clarinet & soprano saxophone)

Maple Leaf Rag (1899) by Scott Joplin (1868-1917) Arr. by Terry Kenny
(clarinet & alto saxophone)

* at IBCA concert only.


Plaisir d’amour (2017) by Robert Fruehwald (b. 1957)

Composer and teacher, Robert Fruehwald, grew up in Louisville, Kentucky where he played flute in the Louisville Youth Orchestra. He attended the University of Louisville receiving a Bachelor of Music in Composition (with honors). While in Louisville, he studied composition with Nelson Keyes, Claude Baker, and Dan Welcher, and flute with Francis Fuge. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree at the California Institute of the Arts studying with Mel Powell, Morton Subotnick, and Leonard Rosenman. He returned to the Midwest to work on a Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis. There, he studied under Robert Wykes and finished his doctorate in 1985. Before accepting a teaching position in the late 1980s, Dr. Fruehwald developed a series of programs to print musical examples for scholarly journals and books. In 1989 Robert Fruehwald took a teaching position at Southeast Missouri State University. Dr. Fruehwald has taught numerous subjects at Southeast including applied composition, music theory, applied flute, electronic-computer music, and the history of modernism. He served as chair of the department of music at Southeast Missouri State University from 1995-2000. His professional web page is available HERE.

 Plaisir d’amour was commissioned by Duo 35. This tour features the World Premiere of the work.

 Plaisir d’Amour is one of the world’s most popular love songs. It was written in 1784 by french composer Jean-Paul-Égide Martini. It was later orchestrated by Hector Berlioz. It has been recorded by numerous opera singers including Elisabeth Schwartzkopf, Janet Baker, and Plácido Domingo. It appears in the films The Heiress, Love Affair, We’re No Angels, and The Affair of the Necklace as well as the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. It is perhaps best known in the version sung by Elvis Presley: Can’t Help Falling in Love. The original french text is from a poem by Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian. The opening lines sum up the experience of love lost: The pleasure of love lasts only a moment. The grief of love lasts all your life (Plaisir d’amour ne dure qu’un moment. Chagrin d’amour dure toute la vie).” – Robert Fruehwald

When Armenian Butterflies Dream (2015) by Jeffrey Hoover (b.1959)

Jeffrey Hoover’s work – music ranging from soloist to symphony orchestra – has received recognition through the prestigious Trieste prize, awards from Mu Phi Epsilon, the Lancaster Fine Arts Festival, grants, publications fellowships and more than 20 commissions.  He is a member of the ACME roster of Mu Phi Epsilon, recognized for distinguished achievement as a composer.

One unique aspect of Hoover’s creative output is when he combines composition with painting, creating synergetic works that intrigue and captivate audiences and performers alike.  His work is seen in exhibitions and in concerts where his paintings are projected while musicians perform his music.  Whether making interdisciplinary works, or traditional stand-alone sonic or visual art, Hoover shapes his work through inner vision and experience.  Hoover’s background as a performer includes both classical and jazz music, as saxophonist and conductor.  His book The Arts and Society:  Making New Worlds (Music, Art, Theater, Dance, Film, Poetry, and Architecture) is published by Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Jeffrey Hoover was born on September 11, 1959, in Anderson, Indiana. He holds a Ph.D. in Fine Arts (Composition and Interdisciplinary Fine Arts) from Texas Tech University, as well as a M.M. and Bch.Sc. from Ball State University.  His career in higher education has included both faculty and administrative appointments.  Hoover resides in Sacramento, California. His professional web page is available HERE.

When Armenian Butterflies Dream has only been performed in Armenia. This tour features the North American Premiere of the work.

When Armenian Butterflies Dream was inspired by studying the musical elements and colors of sacred Armenian chant. It also combines the spiritual symbolism of the “rebirth” of the butterfly: its transformation from larva and eventual emergence as a full adult. The composition of When Armenian Butterflies Dream coincided with the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in 2015.  A digital painting When Armenian Butterflies Dream, by the composer, also exists [CLICK HERE].” – Jeffrey Hoover

ClarinetMike says, “Hats off to Robert Fruehwald and Jeffrey Hoover for writing cool new music!”

About ClarinetMike

American Clarinetist Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” performs and teaches internationally and across the USA to consistent praise such as, “world-class clarinetist and pedagogue,” “consummate performer,” “inspirational,” “outstanding teacher,” “super,” “brilliant performer,” and “one of the best clinicians I have ever seen.” Dr. Dean’s career is headlined by appearances at Carnegie Hall, ClarinetFest, NACWPI, Royal Northern College of Music, and Eastman School of Music, with recent recitals and master classes in Italy, Spain, Canada, Michigan, Ohio, Kansas, Iowa, Louisiana, and Texas. He recently returned for a fourth summer to the beautiful Italian Alps of Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at the international Orfeo Music Festival. He is featured on 6 commercial CD’s including his soon-to-be-released new CD, Postcards from Silver Lake. He is also prominent on New Media, such as YouTube. He was clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra for 11 years and he’s also performed with the Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio, and Duo 35. He has given more than 500 master classes, clinics and performances at universities, conservatories, conferences, festivals, high schools, junior high schools, and a diverse array of venues. As “ClarinetMike,” he writes for his noted and widely-read ClarinetMike Blog – viewed in 150 countries on 6 continents, clarinetmike.wordpress.com. His blog is the #1 clarinet blog on the Internet according to Google Search and a recent ranking on Feedspot. His articles also appear in professional journals such as the Southwestern Musician, The Bandmasters’ Review, WINDPLAYER, and NACWPI Journal. He is a past president and former officer on the National Board of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI). After a successful 20 years of teaching clarinet at the university level, he relocated to his native Texas due to family concerns. He is currently an active clarinet and woodwind performer, teacher, clinician, blogger, and consultant based in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Michael Dean studied clarinet performance at Texas Tech University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Colorado at Boulder, and University of Texas at Arlington. His teachers include Robert Walzel, Phil Aaholm, Carol Jessup, Bob Ackerman, and Jess Youngblood. He is a BG France Performing Artist and his professional website is clarinetmike.com. Mike and his family live in Hurst, Texas. His family’s new Golden Retriever, Nimbus, is a relative of Andy.
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