Chicago Clarinet Symposium

(Chicago, Illinois) I’m just back from the first (and hopefully not the last) Chicago Clarinet Symposium at Northeastern Illinois University, and I am utterly affirmed as a clarinet player.  I was with my people Saturday, and I got to hear such amazing clarinetists as Callie Ochs of Lawrence University tell us that we play because we want our hearts to be open.  My heart and ears were opened by all the amazing clarinet music I heard Saturday, and I will have much more to say about it after I’ve had time to decompress (hey, I threw in a Sox game with the family on Sunday, and, of course, the Sox scored 8 runs in the 8th inning to beat the Padres 9-3).  Meanwhile, I want to leave you with this image of Chicago Symphony Orchestra clarinetist John Bruce Yeh performing the world premiere of Liquid Melancholy by James Stephenson.  The composer was in the audience, and he was as enraptured by Mr. Yeh’s performance of his work as we were.

John Bruce Yeh in concert at the Chicago Clarinet Symposium. He was accompanied on piano by Kay Kim (not shown).

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Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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