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Louisiana Clarinet Symposium

Louisiana Clarinet Symposium

Mark NuccioThe McNeese State University Department of Performing Arts will present a Louisiana Clarinet Symposium, featuring a free guest recital by clarinetist Mark Nuccio and pianist Lina Morita at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, in Tritico Theatre. This performance is also part of the spring Faculty/Guest Recital Series hosted by the department.

The symposium will feature the work of both time-honored and contemporary composers: “Sonata No. 2 in E-flat major, Opus 120 No. 2” by Johannes Brahms; “The Cape Cod Files” by Paquito D’Rivera; “Chromatic Fantasy for Solo Clarinet” by J.S. Bach; and “Three Preludes” by George Gerswhin.

Currently a member of the clarinet faculty at the University of Houston’s Moore School of Music, Nuccio is an accomplished solo and chamber musician. He currently serves as principal clarinet with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and previously served 17 years as associate principal and solo e-flat clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic.

He has toured countries with several orchestras, performs and teaches in summer festivals throughout the United States and is a studio musician featured on numerous movie soundtracks and TV commercials.

A native of Colorado Springs, Colo., Nuccio received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and his master’s degree from Northwestern University. His debut album, “Opening Night,” was released in 2006.

Originally from San Paulo, Brazil, Morita has performed throughout North America, South America and Europe. An accomplished soloist, Morita has performed with the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, the Lake Charles Symphony and the Washington (D.C.) Sinfonietta.

Morita has performed and taught master classes at a variety of universities, including University of Tennessee, Louisiana State University and Tulane University. She is a member of both the Music Teachers National Association and Lousiana Music Teacher’s Association.

After receiving her Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana State University, Morita went on to receive a Master of Music from Rice University, and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music. Currently, Morita serves as an associate professor of music at McNeese, a position she has held since 2007.

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