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Cleveland Orchestra Musician Wows Students During Visit

Monday, June 06, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jennifer Reeder
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Cleveland Orchestra Musician Wows Students During Visit

On Friday, May 27, instrumental music students were treated to a master class session with Mr. Jorg Widmann, a visiting composer at The Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. Widmann is currently working with the Orchestra and just premièred a Concerto for Flute featuring the orchestras first-chair flutist. He lives and works in Munich and Freiburg. The students were mesmerized by Mr. Widmann’s discussion of how he composed the concerto and the thought process behind the art of musical composition.

Mr. Widmann also demonstrated the subtle use of altered tonality specifically with the compositions of Mozart. He then entertained and thrilled students with a demonstration on the clarinet, performing a fantasia that he had written and showing the unusual sounds that he had incorporated into his music. "The master class was very inspirational! The way he played the clarinet for his own piece was beautiful,” said Devanne Hargis ’13. "He played the clarinet in so many different ways!”

Said Kaleigh Tuck-Macalla ’13, "He caught our attention and was really passionate about being a musician and composer. His music wasn’t traditional even though he used traditional instruments. I loved his performance! It was raw and easy-going at the same time.”

Lisa Marie Judge, Manager of School and Community Partnerships with The Cleveland Orchestra, accompanied Mr. Widmann on the visit. "We had a great time at Saint Joseph Academy last week and really appreciate the coordination that you accomplished during a busy day to make the visit a success. Jorg commented on the drive back to Severance Hall about what fun he had with your students.”

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