September 23, 2009

‘Clarinet Day’ is for all types of music lovers

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The first thing you should know is that Clarinet Day at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is not just for clarinets or clarinet players.

Clarinet Day is for music lovers generally, and especially those who see music in their professional futures, including fledgling music educators.

The afternoon-into-early-evening musical and discussion event is Sunday, Sept. 27, in Altgeld Hall, Room 110.

A highlight is the United States premiere of Four Tempers, composed by SIUC clarinet professor and distinguished scholar Eric Mandat. The piece debuted in August at the International Clarinet Fest in Porto, Portugal.

Three guest artists, all of them SIUC alumni, come home for the day to share their expertise. Marina Antoline is now a member of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony and the Arcadia Chamber Players, as well as a band and strings teacher in the Champaign school district. Kevin Cox serves as director of bands and professor of clarinet and saxophone at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis. Dannyel Norrington teaches junior high music appreciation and directs the fifth and sixth grade bands in Carterville. He is also pit director for high school musicals there.

Here’s what’s on tap for the day:

1 p.m. -- Clarinet ensemble recital featuring three guest artists

2 p.m. -- A Few Good Musicians: Life in a U. S. Military Band (Kevin Cox)

3 p.m. -- Building a Multi-faceted Musical Career (Marina Antoline)

4 p.m. -- The Flexible Public School Music Teacher (Dannyel Norrington)

5 p.m. -- Musical performance in the Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall, Four Tempers.

The performance for four clarinets and drum is Mandat, joined by Ron Coulter, lecturer in percussion, and SIUC alumni James Applegate and graduate student Paul Petrucelly.