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Wind symphony concert set with guest artist

Wind symphony concert set with guest artist

The McNeese State University Wind Symphony will present a free fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Shearman Fine Arts Theatre.

Under the direction of Dr. Jay N. Jacobs, the Wind Symphony will present an evening of contemporary and traditional music around the theme "From Here to There."

The concert will feature guest artist Steven Cohen on clarinet, with a special performance by the McNeese Trumpet Ensemble under the direction of Dave Scott.

The cornerstone of the concert will be a performance of Michael Daugherty's 2005 work, "Brooklyn Bridge," featuring Cohen. This landmark piece for wind ensemble and solo clarinet takes the listener on a visual tour of New York City, as viewed from the famous Brooklyn Bridge.

Other works will include "Motown Metal" by Daugherty, "Petite Symphonie" by Charles Gounod and "Give Us This Day" by David Maslanka.

Cohen, a professor of clarinet at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., will also present a free master class from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the SFA Theatre on Thursday.

 A New York City native, Cohen studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a clarinet and piano major. He maintains an active solo, chamber music and master class schedule throughout the United States and around the world.

He has been featured as a guest artist at several national and international clarinet festivals and has performed with numerous symphonies and orchestras throughout his career. He is a former principal clarinetist with the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans as well as a guest soloist and has taught at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Louisiana State University. He is an artist/clinician for Buffet clarinetists and a Legere reed artist and has written many articles for the Clarinet magazine.

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.