Clarinetist Michael Dean to Give Tour Preview Recital

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 12, 2005 – Michael Dean, associate professor of clarinet and saxophone at Southeast Missouri State University, will perform a recital of new and contemporary works for clarinet at 8 p.m. Oct. 27 in Brandt Music Hall at Southeast.

The recital is a preview of his upcoming concert tour of southern California. Dean will be performing and giving clinics at several major universities, including San Diego State, Long Beach State, Cal State Northridge and CalArts.

“One of the most interesting works on the tour is ‘Terpsichore’ by Southeast composer and music professor Robert Fruehwald,” Dean said. “My wife and I commissioned the piece a couple of years ago to honor the birth of our daughter. Bob took three dances from a collection of Renaissance dance music by composer Michael Praetorius and cleverly combined them together in a challenging work for unaccompanied clarinet. What is surprising is that it sounds like hard-driving blues rock and roll,” Dean said.

Dean is an active recitalist, soloist, orchestral/chamber musician and clinician. Recent activities include a recital at Carnegie Hall and a solo performance at the prestigious international ClarinetFest conference.

“I’m excited about the recital and upcoming tour and am grateful for the ongoing support of my chair, Gary Miller, and dean, Martin Jones,” he said. The tour preview recital at Southeast will also include music by Alec Wilder, Josep Ruera, Don Ellis, Jeffrey Hoover and Phillip Kent Bimstein. Joining Michael Dean on the preview recital will be Southeast’s collaborative pianist, Matt Yount.

Tickets are available at the Performing Arts Box Office and may be ordered over the phone by calling (573) 651-2265.  All seats will be general admission, and prices are as follows:  $7 for the general public, $6 for faculty/staff and senior citizens, and $5 for students.  Applicable discounts are available in advance only.