February 27 & March 1, 2014
Thursday - 7:30pm | War Memorial Auditorium
Saturday - 8:00pm | War Memorial Auditorium
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Dmitry Sitkovetsky, conductor
Ponchielli Double Concerto for two clarinets David Shifrin & Kelly Burke, clarinet
Mozart Clarinet Concerto David Shifrin, clarinet
Bruckner Symphony #4 "Romantische"
About the Guest Artists
One of only two wind players to have been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize since the award's inception in 1974, David Shifrin is in constant demand as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator.
Mr. Shifrin has appeared with the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras and the Dallas, Seattle, Houston, Milwaukee, Detroit and Denver symphonies among many others in the US, and internationally with orchestras in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. In addition, he has served as principal clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra (under Stokowski), the Honolulu and Dallas symphonies and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and New York Chamber Symphony. Mr. Shifrin has also received critical acclaim as a recitalist, appearing at such venues as Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York City as well as the the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. A sought after a chamber musician, he collaborates frequently with such distinguished ensembles and artists as the Guarneri, Tokyo, and Emerson String Quartets, Wynton Marsalis, and pianists Emanuel Ax and André Watts.
An artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1989, David Shifrin served as its artistic director from 1992 to 2004. He has toured extensively throughout the US with CMSLC and appeared in several national television broadcasts on Live From Lincoln Center. He has also been the artistic director of Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon since 1981.
David Shifrin joined the faculty at the Yale School of Music in 1987 and was appointed Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Yale and Yale's annual concert series at Carnegie Hall in September 2008. He has also served on the faculties of The Juilliard School, University of Southern California, University of Michigan, Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Hawaii. In 2007 he was awarded an honorary professorship at China's Central Conservatory in Beijing.
Shifrin's recordings on Delos, DGG, Angel/EMI, Arabesque, BMG, SONY,
and CRI have consistently garnered praise and awards. He has received
three Grammy nominations - for a collaborative recording with the
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center of the collected chamber music
of Claude Debussy (Delos), the Copland Clarinet Concerto (Angel/EMI) and
Ravel's Introduction and Allegro with Nancy Allen, Ransom Wilson, and
the Tokyo String Quartet (Angel/EMI).
recording of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Mostly Mozart
Festival Orchestra, performed in its original version on a specially
built basset clarinet, was named Record of the Year by Stereo Review.
His latest recording, Shifrin Plays Schifrin (Aleph Records), is a collection of clarinet works by composer/conductor Lalo Schifrin. Both the recording of the Copland Clarinet Concerto and a 2008 recording of Leonard Bernstein's Clarinet Sonata with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott have been released on iTunes via Angel/EMI and Deutsche Grammophon.
Mr. Shifrin continues to broaden the repertoire for clarinet and orchestra by commissioning and championing the works of 20th and 21st century American composers including, among others, John Adams, Joan Tower, Stephen Albert, Bruce Adolphe, Ezra Laderman, Lalo Schifrin, David Schiff, John Corigliano, Bright Sheng and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.
In addition to the Avery Fisher Prize, David Shifrin is the recipient of a Solo Recitalists' Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the 1998 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Music Academy of the West. At the outset of his career, he won the top prize at both the Munich and the Geneva International Competitions. Mr. Shifrin resides in Connecticut with his wife and is the father of four children - Henry, Olivia, Sam and William.
Kelly Burke is Professor of Clarinet at the University of North Carolina
at Greensboro. She is currently the principal clarinetist of the
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and 3rd/bass clarinetist of the Eastern
Music Festival Orchestra. She has appeared in recitals and as a soloist
with symphony orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, Germany,
New Zealand, Australia, China, and Russia. Burke's discography includes
several recent releases with Centaur Records; she has also recorded for
Telarc, Albany and Arabesque labels.
Burke has received several teaching awards, including UNCG's Alumni Teaching Excellence Award, the School of Music Outstanding Teacher Award, has been named several times to Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and was honored with the 2004 UNC Board of Governor's Teaching Excellence Award. She is the author of numerous pedagogical articles and the critically acclaimed book Clarinet Warm-Ups: Materials for the Contemporary Clarinetist. She holds BM and MM degrees from Eastman and the DMA from Michigan.
Learn more about the evening’s music at Preludes. The Prelude on Thursday, February 27 begins at 6:45 p.m. on the Mezzanine level of the War Memorial Auditorium. The Prelude on Saturday, March 1 begins at 7:00 p.m. on the Mezzanine level of the War Memorial Auditorium
Meet the Artists
Join us after the Thursday evening concert for a brief question and answer session held at the front of the stage with our guest artists and Dima.
WFDD will broadcast this concert on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 8:00pm.
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