Hartwick College clarinet instructor Robin Seletsky will perform a newly commissioned “Concerto for Klezmer Clarinet and Wind Ensemble” with the Hartwick College Symphonic Band at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Anderson Center for the Arts Theater. Jason Curley will direct.
The work, which sets traditional Ashkenazik and Sephardic melodies within an arrangement for soloist and wind ensemble, was orchestrated by former Hartwick professor Brian Wilson.
Seletsky will host a workshop on klezmer style and performance practices at 3 p.m. today in the Anderson Center for the Arts Music Circle. Both events are free and open to the public.
Wilson is a composer and conductor, as well as a professor or composition and theory at Sonoma State University, where he is also the chairman of the Music Department. His pieces have won numerous awards, including first prize at the International Trombone Association Composition Competition and the College Music Society National Composition Award.
He has conducted many of his works at venues around the world, most recently in Greece and Russia. An earlier commission of Wilson’s, “GMT Plus Two,” was presented at Hartwick by the Foreman Institute and premiered by Seletsky and Catskill Klezmorim in 1999.
Clarinetist Seletsky has been performing with many groups in and around Oneonta, including with the Glimmerglass Festival, Catskill Symphony and her own klezmer ensembles the Catskill Klezmorim and Big Galut(e). She is the music director at Temple Beth El, a graduate of the New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School. She is a former member of the San Antonio Symphony.
For more information, call Curley at 431-4802 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.