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Kushner Memorial Concert Set

Kushner Memorial Concert Set

A memorial concert in honor of Lake Charles Symphony Conductor William D. Kushner will be presented on stage at 7:30 p.m. March 11 in Ralph Squires Recital Hall at McNeese State University. 
Kushner Photo

The program includes "Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K. 581" by W.A. Mozart and "Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115" by Johannes Brahms. 

Featured performers are Jan Scott, performing on Mr. Kushner's clarinet, Lin He and Michael Buckles, violins, Grant Bedillion, viola, and Joy Keown, cello. 

"Mr. Kushner requested the concert's repertoire and I am honored to be performing on his clarinet," said Scott, McNeese assistant professor of music.

Scott, who is also principal clarinetist with the Lake Charles Symphony, remembers taking that position back in 1990 when she and her husband, Dave, came to Lake Charles to teach at McNeese.

"I soon learned this was the 'hot seat' as the conductor (Kushner) was a very fine clarinetist himself," she said. "However, I will say being in the hot seat has its rewards. The literature that the Maestro chose each season always had great clarinet parts!"

A reception hosted by the McNeese Foundation will follow in the Grand Gallery of the Shearman Fine Arts Annex.
Admission is free to the concert but seating is limited so tickets are required, according to Scott. For tickets, call the McNeese ticket office at 337-475-5040.
Memorial contributions may be made to the William Kushner Scholarship through the McNeese Foundation. For contributions or questions, contact the foundation at 337-475-5588.   
Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at