Before the frenzy of the season begins, I want to take a moment and write a little bit about all the wonderful things that are happening in my life right now. This summer has been filled with travel and excitement: I spent two weeks performing Eb clarinet with the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra… on 24 hours notice! My plane ride over to Wyoming was very busy, listening to the music I was about to perform (Mahler Das Lied, Bernstein West Side Story and Copland Symphony no. 3), marking my parts and consulting the respective scores. Thank goodness for exit row seats with a little extra room to fit all this material!
Earlier this spring Donald Montanaro announced his retirement from the Curtis Institute of Music after more than 30 years on Faculty. A tribute concert was held on March 16 to celebrate his distinguished career, which has inspired generations of clarinetists, many of whom perform around the world.
The event was an emotional experience for all who gathered that afternoon to pay tribute to their teacher, colleague and friend. Clarinetists flew in from Canada, China, Mexico, Korea, and from several U.S. cities to take part in the celebration.