Saturday, June 21, 2008

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Benefit Concert for Deborah Clasquin

A benefit concert for Deborah Clasquin and a celebration of her contribution to North Coast music as pianist and teacher at HSU, as she continues treatment for cancer. Performers will include her former student, pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough, and HSU Music Department colleagues. The concert begins at 7 PM on Saturday June 21 in the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata, followed by a reception with Deborah, her family and friends. Tickets for the concert to help defray medical costs are $20 from the HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door.

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In Celebration: Benefit Concert and Reception for HSU Professor Deborah Clasquin

As a concert pianist, she is a well-known performer on North Coast stages as well as in prestigious venues around the world, and on television, radio and recordings. As a teacher at Humboldt State, she has trained prize-winning keyboard artists. She has been an activist and advocate for music education. Now some of her North Coast friends have organized a celebration of Deborah Clasquin’s achievements and a benefit concert to help her defray medical costs as she continues treatments for cancer.

The concert will feature some of her former students and her colleagues in the HSU Music Department, including perhaps her most celebrated student, Ryan MacEvoy McCullough of Eureka. The concert on Saturday June 21 at 7 PM in the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata will be followed by a reception with Deborah.

“The main theme of this event will be to rally around Deborah, to make sure she knows how important she is to so many people in our community and the music world, and to give everyone a chance to celebrate herrole in our lives,” said Linda Anderson, one of the organizers of the event. “The other priority will be to try and raise money for her expensive treatments which are not being reimbursed by her insurance.”

Among the tributes to be offered at the reception will be the presentation of a plaque and a “Treasure Book” of photos, letters and thank-you notes assembled by Anderson and co-organizer, Bonnie MacEvoy.

Performers for the concert include pianists Ryan MacEvoy McCullough and Emily Loeffler, clarinetist Armand Ambrosini, and violinists Terrie Baune and Signe Nicklas, who is Deborah Clasquin’s daughter. Also featured are the Babes Women’s Chorus directed by Carol Ryder, a quintet of Sequoia faculty members, Nancy Correll and Annette Gurnee Hull, and playing a movement from the Claude Bolling Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano are Barbara Davenport, Jill Petricca and Shao Way Wu. Several more of Deborah's present and past piano students will perform.

Tickets for the benefit concert beginning at 7 PM are $20, from the HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door. The reception with Deborah Clasquin, family and friends will be held in the lobby outside Fulkerson Hall at approximately 8 PM, and is a free event. Refreshments will be served.

Those who cannot attend or wish to make an additional contribution can send checks to the HSU Music Department, payable to Deborah Clasquin.

Media: Humboldt State Now, Eureka Reporter (6/13), KHSU Ben Tankersley (6/13). KHSU "ArtWaves" with Wendy Butler (6/ 17), Arcata Eye, North Coast Journal (6/19), Northern Lights (6/19.)

Friday, June 06, 2008

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Community Chamber Music

TriMusica trio, Meadowood Quartet and Northcoast Brass Ensemble quintet perform in the latest Community Chamber Music concert on Friday, June 6 at the earlier-than-usual time of 7:30PM in the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. Tickets are $8 general, $3 students/seniors, from the HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door. An HSU Music Department production.

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Music by a King Highlights Community Chamber Concert

Music fit for a king might describe many classical pieces, especially those commissioned by monarchs and other high officials. But music actually composed by a king is rarely heard. On Friday June 6 at HSU, it will be, as performed by one of three chamber music groups of North Coast commoners to play that evening.

A trio, a string quartet and a brass quintet take the Fulkerson Recital Hall stage on the HSU campus in Arcata, for the third in a series of concerts featuring community chamber music groups.

These groups are composed of North Coast citizens, most of them with jobs and careers unrelated to music, who rehearse and perform for the love of music.

For example, the members of TriMusica are a retired English/French teacher, a physician who is the principal oboist for the Eureka Symphony, and a truck driver and former principal cellist for the Eureka Symphony.

And while the idea of community chamber music groups may suggest programs dominated by safe and familiar music, this concert highlights seldom-performed works and composers.

The TriMuisica trio is oboist (and physician) Ellen Weiss, pianist (and retired teacher) Betty Creaghe, and cellist (and truck driver) Mark Creaghe. They will perform a sonata composed by the “soldier-king” of 18th century Prussia, known as Frederick the Great. Novelist and composer Rupert Hughes called him a “flute player and composer of remarkable skill—for a king.” He wrote some 100 sonatas, though they are rarely heard today.

TriMusica will also perform a sonata by Frederick the Great’s court composer when he was still a crown prince, Johann Gottlieb Graun. Graun was also a violinist (he taught J.S. Bach’s son) and became Konzertmeister of the Berlin Opera.

In addition, TriMusica plays a rare work by contemporary English composer John Rutter. Mostly a choral composer, Rutter’s “Suite Antique” is one of his few instrumental pieces. The trio’s program concludes with “Tango” by late 19th/early 20th century Spanish composer Issac Albeniz, and an Etude by Frederic Chopin.

The Meadowood Quartet makes its second appearance in the community chamber music series: they played in the first one last spring. Members of the string quartet are Betty Bliss (violin) from Redway; Marilyn Page (violin) from Arcata; Stefan Vaughan (viola) from Eureka, and Eric Jones (cello) from McKinleyville. They will perform one of Beethoven’s celebrated early Quartets (Opus 18, Number 4 in C minor), in four movements.

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The third group in this concert, the Northcoast Brass Ensemble, is a little different in that all its members are music teachers. Chris Cox (trumpet) teaches at Eureka High; Burt Codispoti (trumpet) at Triple Junction High School in Petrolia; Ronite Gluck (French horn) for the Freshwater School District; while Dan Aldag (trombone) and Fred Tempas (tuba) teach at HSU.

Four of the works the Ensemble will play are contemporary compositions or arrangements with a regional connection. These include “Fanfare for Open Spaces,” a 1988 composition by HSU alumna Katherine Ann Murdock, who teaches music theory and composition at Wichita State University.

“Italian Postcards” by Ray Burkhart was commissioned by the Humboldt Brass Chamber Music Workshop. “Dance” is by Wilke Renwick, a French horn player who retired to Oregon from the Colorado Symphony.

“Mamanita” by pioneer jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton, is arranged for brass quintet by Northcoast Brass Ensemble trombonist and HSU Music professor Dan Aldag.

Concluding the concert will be Quintet # 3 by 20th century Russian composer Viktor Ewald, which is one of the few chamber works for brass instruments from the Romantic period.

This Community Chamber Music concert on Friday, June 6 will begin at 7:30 PM, which is a half hour earlier than concerts in Fulkerson Recital Hall usually start. Tickets are $8 general, $3 students/seniors, from the HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door. An HSU Music Department production.