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McNeese to Present Bill Kushner Symposium

McNeese to Present Bill Kushner Symposium

Bill Kushner(January 31, 2014) The Bill Kushner Clarinet Symposium will be presented Feb. 8 by the McNeese State University Department of Performing Arts and will include a master class, clarinet session and a guest/faculty recital.

The clarinet symposium is named in honor of the late Lake Charles Symphony Conductor William "Bill" D. Kushner. Kushner, himself a clarinetist, was conductor of the symphony for 40 years.
    
An intercollegiate master class will be presented from 9-11:30 a.m. in the Shearman Fine Arts Performing Arts Theatre by Thomas LeGrand, associate professor of clarinet at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and associate principal clarinetist with the Houston Symphony.
    
A clarinet choir reading session will be conducted from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the McNeese band hall in the Shearman Fine Arts Center by Dr. Jay Jacobs, associate professor of music and conductor of university bands at McNeese.
    
A panel session on "Clarinet in the 21st Century" will be held from 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Room 207 of the Shearman Fine Arts Annex.
    
The recital will be held at 5 p.m. in the Shearman Fine Arts Theatre and will feature LeGrand on clarinet and Lina Morita, McNeese assistant professor of music, on piano.
   
The program will include "Premiere Rhapsodie" by Claude Debussy; "Dance Preludes" by Witold Lutoslawski; "Fantasy-Sonata" by John Ireland; and Sonata No. 2, Op. 120, No. 2 by Johannes Brahms.
    
The symposium is open to the public. Cost is $10 for all events and $5 for the recital only. For more information, call Jan Scott at 337-475-5025 or email her at jscott@mcneese.edu.
    
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 cdo@mcneese.edu.