"We are truly looking forward to Dr. Kowalsky's visit to Tennessee Tech,” said Wonkak Kim, TTU assistant professor of clarinet. “He is one of the most distinguished clarinetists and pedagogues of our time. Tech students will have the privilege experience his artistry by attending his recital and working with him in a master class."
TTU students will perform for him and receive his feedback and instruction at 11 a.m. Nov 7.
The concert program will include a piece by Darius Milhaud, featuring Brazillian rhythms and melodies, as well as a variety of Western music, including Scott McAllister’s “X” clarinet concerto, and a duet with Kim. Grace Eunhye Choi will accompany on the piano.
McAllister’s pieces combine minimalist and maximalist music through influences of grunge, folk, country, pop, rock and world music. The “X” concerto is inspired by 1990s grunge groups Nirvana and Alice in Chains.
Kowalsky is an honorary member of the International Clarinet Association, a lifetime achievement award reserved for the world’s most distinguished clarinetists. He recently retired from his post as the Joseph A. White clarinet professor at Florida State University. He has been principal clarinet with symphonies around the United States and has performed in England, Sweden, Prague and Spain, among others.
The concert will be in TTU’s Wattenbarger Auditorium in the Bryan Fine Arts Building, 1150 N. Dixie Ave.
Sponsored by TTU’s Center Stage, the performance is free and open to the public. Center Stage is funded by the TTU general education fund.