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Colorado Clarinet Day

September 25, 2016

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The School of Music at University of Northern Colorado is proud to present the Fifth Annual Colorado Clarinet Day.

On Sunday, September 25, students, educators, and professional musicians from around the region will gather on the beautiful UNC campus for a day of all things Clarinet. We invite you to join us for recitals, special lectures, masterclasses, and more. Vendors will be on hand with instruments and accessories for attendees to explore.

We are thrilled to welcome special guest artist Jon Manasse, Professor of Clarinet at the Julliard School and the Eastman School of Music, to present a masterclass and recital. Manasse is a Buffet Group USA Artist performing on a Buffet Crampon Clarinet.

Registration Information

Registration for Colorado Clarinet Day is now open. Register by the dates below to receive special early bird pricing. Day-of registrations are also welcome.

Clarinet Day T-shirts (pictured on the sidebar) are available for an additional $10 and can be requested in the registration form.

September 19 - 25: $35

Please fill out the form below to register for the event. Registration payment may be submitted by mail for early registration, or on the day of the event. Please make checks payable to UNC and mail to:

Attn: Dr. Lauren Jacobson
UNC School of Music
501 20th St Campus Box 28
Greeley, Colorado 80639

Guest Artist

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Jon Manasse

Among the most distinguished classical artists of his generation, clarinetist JON MANASSE is internationally recognized for his inspiring artistry, uniquely glorious sound and charismatic performing style. His solo appearances include New York City performances at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, tours of Japan and Southeast Asia, debuts in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Osaka, concerto performances with Gerard Schwarz and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and the prestigious Tokyu Bunkamura Festival in Tokyo. He has been guest soloist with major ensembles across North America, and has performed under the batons of Leslie B. Dunner, Peter Leonard, Eckart Preu, Matthew Savery, Alfred Savia, Gerard Schwarz, Zdenek Macal, Jerzy Semkow, Robert Craft, Hugh Wolff and Lawrence Leighton Smith.

An avid chamber musician, Jon Manasse has been featured with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Aspen Music Festival, Caramoor International Music Festival, Colorado Springs Music Festival, Newport Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival and France’s Festival International des Arts. He has also been the guest soloist with many of the leading chamber ensembles of the day, including The Amadeus Trio, Germany’s Trio Parnassus, and the American, Borromeo, Colorado, Lark, Manhattan, Moscow, Orion, Rossetti, Shanghai, Tokyo and Ying String Quartets. He has collaborated with violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jon Nakamatsu.

Jon Manasse is principal clarinetist of the American Ballet Theater Orchestra and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. One of the nation's most sought-after wind players, he has served as guest principal clarinetist of the New York Pops Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the New Jersey, Saint Louis and Seattle Symphony Orchestras. For several seasons, he was also the principal clarinetist of the New York Chamber Symphony. Mr. Manasse has been a guest clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic in concerts conducted by Valery Gergiev and André Previn.

Jon Manasse has six critically acclaimed recordings on the XLNT label; the complete clarinet concerti of Weber, with Lukas Foss and the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra; the complete works for clarinet and piano of Weber, with pianist Samuel Sanders; "Clarinet Music from 3 Centuries," including Mozart's Clarinet Quintet (with the Shanghai Quartet); James Cohn’s Clarinet Concerto #2; and the concerti of Mozart, Nielsen and Copland, with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra. His debut CD with pianist Jon Nakamatsu, a harmonia mundi album of the Brahms Clarinet Sonatas, was released to international rave reviews, early in 2008.

Jon Manasse is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with David Weber. Currently, he is an official "Performing Artist" of both the Buffet Crampon Company and Vandoren, the Parisian firms that are the world's oldest and most distinguished clarinet maker and reed maker, respectively. Since 1995, he has been Associate Professor of Clarinet at the Eastman School of Music; in the fall of 2007 Mr. Manasse joined the faculty of his alma mater, The Juilliard School.