• September 17, 2016 2:00 PM


BRUCH, Four Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Op. 83

HINDEMITH, Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano

MOZART, Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581


FRANKLIN COHEN, clarinet                    RICHARD YOUNG, violin/viol
GARY LEVINSON, violin                          BION TSANG, cello
ALEXANDRA ADKINS, violin                   JIHYE CHANG, paino


This aptly titled concert-“Many Faces of Romanticism”- is reflected in all three works on this program.  While not all are from the “romantic” period in music history, they have a romantic quality of spirit and expression.   Featured on all three works is clarinetist Franklin Cohen, who served as principal clarinet of the Cleveland Orchestra from 1976 until recently. Cohen first gained international recognition and acclaim when at the age of 22, he became the first clarinetist awarded First Prize at the International Munich Competition (the other first prize that year went to soprano Jessye Norman).  The Cleveland Plain Dealer  writes “Cohen is the Callas of clarinets, spinning mesmerizing lines amid flashes of temperament.  Music-making of such urgency, beauty and virtuosity is uncommon on any instrument.”  Mr. Cohen will be joined in performance by Gary Levinson, violin: Alexandra Adkins, violin; Richard Young, violin/viola; Bion Tsang, cello; and Jihye Chang, piano.

Returning to CMSFW to perform on this unique concert is Richard Young, violin/viola.  Mr. Young was a member oft he venerable Veneer Quartet until their retirement.  In the spring of 2015, Mr. Young was invited to become a honorary member of the CMSFW Ensemble.

Making their debuts with CMSFW will be violinist Alexandra Adkins who holds the current Associate Principal Violin II position with the Dallas Symphony; Bion Tsang, cellist, winner of the Bronze Medal in the International Tchaikovsky Competition and currently on the faculty at the UT Butler School of Music; and pianist Jihye Chang who has appeared as soloist and collaborative artist in venues throughout the United States.  She is currently a member of the faculty at Brevard Music Center.  Completing the ensemble is CMSFW Artistic Director, Gary Levinson, violin.

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