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Mount A and U de M music professors team up Nov. 25

November 21, 2006

Source: Mount Allison University

Classical music listeners will be treated to an exciting concert of music for clarinet, as Mount Allison professor Jana Starling teams up with Jean-Guy Boisvert of the l’Université de Moncton to present a duo recital featuring original clarinet duets from C.P.E Bach to the present. The concert will take place Saturday, November 25 at 8 p.m. in Brunton Auditorium, Mount Allison University campus.

The program will include traditional composers such as Bach, Mozart, Devienne, Koechlin, and Poulenc but will also highlight more contemporary aspects of the clarinet repertoire, including William O. Smith’s "Jazz Set for Two Clarinets." Each clarinetist will also offer a solo performance. Starling will demonstrate some extreme contemporary techniques for clarinet in a piece entitled "Folk Songs" (1986) by American Eric Mandat. Boisvert will perform a work he commissioned by Canadian composer Laurie Radford called "deflector" (2003) for clarinet and digital signal processing. A final exciting addition to the program will be the Canadian prèmiere of "Solar Flare" (2004), a duet by the young American composer Theresa Martin.

A native of Brandon, Manitoba, Jana Starling holds DMA and degrees in Clarinet Performance from Arizona State University and a five-year Bachelor of Music Education degree from Brandon University. Her past musical endeavours include teaching music in Manitoba, Arizona, and two years in South America. She has performed in a variety of musical settings, including Mexican mariachi bands, international folk dance groups, and East Indian classical music ensembles. While her academic interests are in music pedagogy, Starling describes her performance tastes as "daring."

A graduate of the Conservatoire de musique du Quebec and London’s Guildhall School of Music, Jean-Guy holds a doctorate in contemporary music performance from the l’Université de Montréal and has been on the music faculty of the l’Université de Moncton since 2000. He is especially active as a performer of new music, and has participated in over 50 commissions of new works for solo and chamber music for clarinet.

All are welcome to attend. Tickets can be purchased from the music department or at the door. For further information please contact the music department at Mount Allison University, 364-2374 (




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