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Music professor performs, teaches at international clarinet festival in Italy

WKU Music Professor John Cipolla performed a clarinet recital and taught at the European Clarinet Association’s annual clarinet festival in Camerino, in the Marche region of central Italy.

WKU Music Professor John Cipolla (fourth from left) performed the newly arranged version of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet, op. 115 with the Italian Evenos Clarinet Quartet.

WKU Music Professor John Cipolla (fourth from left) performed the newly arranged version of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet, op. 115 with the Italian Evenos Clarinet Quartet.

More than 200 students and professors from approximately a dozen countries throughout the world participated in the Aug. 17-18 event, which included research presentations, lectures, recitals and master classes. Dr. Cipolla was one of four American professors invited to perform and teach at the festival.

Dr. Cipolla premiered a newly arranged version of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet, op. 115 for clarinet quartet and solo clarinet with the Italian Evenos Clarinet Quartet. He co-arranged the work with Sasko Temelkoski, bass clarinetist of the Macedonia National Orchestra. Dr. Cipolla also taught a course titled, “The Clarinet on Broadway,” discussing his experiences as a multiple woodwind player while living in New York City and playing on Broadway, and discussed the skills necessary to prepare for this type of career.

Dr. Cipolla, who served as president of the International Clarinet Association, is regularly invited to perform and teach throughout the United States and abroad as well as serve on juries for national and international competitions.

Dr. John Cipolla

Dr. John Cipolla

He will perform in New York City in the orchestra for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in November and December 2016 and has been invited for a third time to serve on an international clarinet competition jury in Teplice, Czech Republic, in May 2017 as president of the jury. Dr. Cipolla teaches a studio of more than 30 clarinet and saxophone music majors at WKU.

More: Audio recording of the European Clarinet Association event is available at https://soundcloud.com/john-cipolla/camerino-john-cipolla-evenos

Contact: John Cipolla, (270) 745-7093

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