Dean, Thompson to Perform Dazzling Clarinet and Flute Recital Dec. 7

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. Nov. 22, 2006 — Southeast faculty Michael Dean (clarinet) and Paul Thompson (flute) will be performing a joint recital at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in Brandt Music Hall Room 205 at Southeast Missouri State University.

“We are excited to be featuring two works by our Southeast colleague Robert Fruehwald,” Dean said. “It is a wonderful experience to be able to collaborate with an excellent composer in the creation of new music. I am especially looking forward to giving the premiere of Bob’s new work for clarinet and CD, ‘Andy and Me.’ The CD includes pre-recorded audio clips of me on clarinet. You also get to hear the newest member of my family, Andy. I think the audience will really enjoy the work,” he said.

Dean is an active recitalist, soloist, orchestral/chamber musician and clinician. He has appeared as a recitalist at Carnegie Hall, the prestigious international ClarinetFest conference, and the NACWPI National Symposium. Upcoming activities include a tour of New York state with recitals and master classes at the Eastman School of Music, Ithaca College and the Crane School of Music at SUNY-Potsdam. He is currently associate principal clarinet with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra. He is associate professor of clarinet and saxophone at Southeast Missouri State University.

Thompson, a graduate of the London College of Music, continued his studies at the Paris Conservatory on a French government scholarship.  He earned his master’s of music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he was a member of the award-winning Mercury Wind Quintet.  He has performed extensively in the United States and in England as a flute soloist, and he recently performed at the National Flute Association Convention in New York City.  He is currently instructor of flute at Southeast Missouri State University and has given concerts as a solo artist under the auspices of the Missouri Arts Touring Program. 

The recital at Southeast will also include music by John Rutter, André Jolivet, Donald Draganski, and Beethoven. Southeast’s Collaborative Pianist Matt Yount, will join Dean and Thompson on one of the works.

Tickets for the concert may be ordered in advance by calling the Performing Arts Box Office at (573) 651-2265 or by purchasing them at the door the night of the concert.  Senior and student discounts are available for presale only.