Clarinets get their due in Symphony concert

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February 25, 2019 - 10:37 AM

Local music lovers were treated to an entertaining concert Feb. 17 presented by the Iola Area Symphony Orchestra. Led by conductor Dr. Gregory Turner, the theme was “What Does the Clarinet Say?”  The featured artist was Dr. Jeffrey Anderson, the music instructor at Allen Community College.  Dr. Anderson has a doctorate in Clarinet Performance and was given a chance to showcase his skills in the afternoon program.

The first half of the concert was Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto in A,” a 25-minute piece for solo clarinet and orchestra in three movements, Allegro, Adagio and Rondo.  

Dr. Anderson played the entire piece from memory and received a standing ovation at the conclusion of the concerto.  He gave a masterful performance, producing warm, buttery tones from his clarinet that ranged from the deep lower register to the bright higher octaves.  In the Allegro, he navigated through numerous arpeggios with a confident sense of rhythm and tonal placement.  In the Adagio, he brought out the full expressiveness of his instrument’s warm tone, and then closed with a shorter Rondo where he and the orchestra joined together on a bright and bouncy melody.

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