Friday morning’s recital was a delight! The varied repertoire was performed with great artistry and held the audience’s attention throughout.
The performance started with a bang. Richard MacDowell (clarinet), Borislava Iltcheva (violin), and Willis Delony (piano) performed Trio by Dana Wilson, who was present at the recital and shared a few words about the work as well as read the poem in which the piece was based. This three-movement work was absolutely thrilling with its bold and driving style and many Klezmer influences. The piece allowed the performers to demonstrate their true mastery of their instruments and music.
The Hesed Trio followed with two works that were of completely different character. The first was Maurice Emmanuel’s Sonata for Clarinet, Flute and Piano, Op. 11 and the second was Claude Debussy’s Petite Suite for Flute, Clarinet and Piano arranged by Michael Webster. The Hesed Trio is comprised of Chung-ah Chin (clarinet), Jae Ho Jang (flute), and Seong Eun (Grace) Kim (piano), who played both works sensitively and delicately. The impressive technique, beautiful melodic lines, and change in style showed off their vast versatility as performers.
Lisa Canning took the stage next with Paul Reade’s Suite from the Victorian Kitchen Garden in which she performed with harpist Megan Caulkett. This delightful piece was especially beautiful with the harp and clarinet combination, as well as the style changes that were executed nicely by the performers. Adam Young’s Fireflies was arranged by James Sullivan and performed with Lisa Canning on clarinet and voice and James Sullivan and Allison Yacoub on clarinet. Additionally, there was an animated film by Sif Perlt Savery that played during the performance. This film was an imaginative visual addition to the aesthetic of the music.
This was a great program, and each piece was received well by the enthusiastic audience.
–Notes by Dr. Jackie McIlwain
Dr. Jackie McIlwain is the Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Southern Mississippi. She currently plays with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Meridian Symphony Orchestra.