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WCU Clarinetist Shannon Thompson Free Performance Feb. 21

ASHEVILLE NC – Clarinetist and faculty member Shannon Thompson will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the campus of Western Carolina University.

The performance, part of the Catamount Concert Series, is free and open to the public.

The music for the concert spans a wide range of musical styles, and includes “Five Bagatelles” by Gerald Finzi; a popular transcription of George Gershwin’s preludes for piano arranged by James Cohn; Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Leslie Bassett’s “Soliloquies” for solo clarinet; “Sholem-alekhem, rov Feidman!,” a tribute to klezmer great Giora Feidman by the Hungarian virtuoso clarinetist Bela Kovacs; and Bach’s Sonata in G minor.

Andrew Adams, WCU assistant professor of piano, will accompany Thompson, an associate professor of clarinet. They have performed together at venues such as the International Clarinet Association 2010 ClarinetFest in Austin, Texas. Thompson heads the WCU School of Music clarinet studio and will be featured at this year’s ClarinetFest in Lincoln, Neb., where she will present “The Signature Sound of Daniel Bonade and His Students.”

For more information about the performance, call the WCU School of Music at 828-227-7242.

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