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OU Clarinet Symposium returns after a two-year hiatus

The University of Oklahoma School of Music prepares its 36th annual Clarinet Symposium
BY RICK ROGERS Published: June 9, 2013

— Following a two-year hiatus, the University of Oklahoma will once again present its summer Clarinet Symposium, a three-day festival featuring concerts, master classes and exhibits that celebrate all aspects of the clarinet.

Established in the late 1970s by David Etheridge, the OU Clarinet Symposium was an annual musical event for more than 30 years until Etheridge's death in 2010.

Suzanne Tirk, assistant professor of clarinet at OU, has organized the 2013 symposium, scheduled Thursday through Saturday at Catlett Music Center, 500 W Boyd.

More than two dozen clarinetists who represent major orchestras and university schools of music across the country will perform and discuss their chosen instrument. Among the featured artists are David Shifrin, an international soloist who teaches at the Yale School of Music; Gregory Raden, principal clarinet of the Dallas Symphony; and Charles Neidich, a distinguished American soloist.

Each will perform an evening concert in Catlett's Sharp Concert Hall. The Verdehr Trio, an ensemble-in-residence at Michigan State University, will celebrate its four-decade history in music. The group's concert will showcase favorite repertoire from its 40-years as an ensemble.

The 36th annual Clarinet Symposium will also pay tribute to Etheridge, who guided the popular event from a fledgling experiment to one of the country's most celebrated and highly respected symposiums. A free concert honoring Etheridge will begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

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