Clarinet Fest: An Unlikely Muse

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This musical drama written by Harry Clark centers on 19th century clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld, who inspired four of composer Johannes Brahms’ masterpieces. The performance will feature noted Broadway actor Jack Gilpin as Mühlfeld, world-renowned pianist André Watts, clarinetist David Shifrin and the Miró Quartet. 

The theme for ClarinetFest 2016 centers around the 5 clarinetists who encouraged the creation of so much of the clarinet repertoire. From the 18th-century Anton Stadler; from the 19th-century Heinrich Baermann, Johann Hermstedt, and Richard Mūhlfeld; and Benny Goodman from the 20th-century. All inspired the leading composers of their day to write for the clarinet. In addition to performances of some of the music they inspired, there will be opportunities to learn more about their lives and circumstances.

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Free and open to the public. No tickets required.


Clarinet Fest website

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1600 Stewart Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045

Ticket Office
 785-864-2787
Weekdays: 11 am–6 pm
Performance Day
Open at least one hour prior to all ticketed performances.

Administrative Office
 785-864-3469
Email: lied@ku.edu
Weekdays: 8 am–5 pm

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