Double Reed Day to feature guest artists and concert

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Double Reed Day to feature guest artists and concert

oboebassoonOboe and bassoon players of all ages and experiences are invited to the 18th annual Double Reed Day hosted by the Fresno State Department of Music beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 in the Music building.

The pre-registration deadline is Jan. 26.

Participants in the workshops will receive individual music sessions, view open exhibits, hear guest lectures and perform in a public gala recital at 5:30 p.m.. Guest artists are Colin Maier, internationally renowned oboist from the ensemble “Quartetto Gelato,” and Robert Williams, principal bassoonist for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Maier, the oboe professor at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, is a guest lecturer and recitalist at universities across North America. He also plays clarinet, English horn, violin, 5-string banjo, acoustic and electric bass, piano, saxophone, flute, guitar and musical saw.

Williams, a Wayne State faculty member, has recorded an album of bassoon quartets and appeared as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions, playing concertos by Hummel, Mozart, Weber, Vivaldi, Rota, Strauss, Hindemith, Haydn and Fucik. He most recently performed for a recording of the John Williams’ Bassoon Concerto (“The Five Sacred Trees”).

Up to 100 participants will be accommodated between the two classes.

Pre-registration for the entire event is $40. Admission to individual sessions is $15. Registration received after Jan. 26 will be $50. Cancellations after Jan. 26 are non-refundable. The fee includes, “Double Reed Ensemble,” sheet music.

The registration form and schedule is available online.

Tickets for the public concert are $10 general and $5 for seniors and students.

Free parking for the day-long event will be available in lot P1.

For more information, contact Rachel Aldrich, Department of Music lecturer, at 559.246.1079 or

(Copy by Akyia Westley, University Communications student assistant.)

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