Music Faculty Member to Perform Clarinet Recital Feb. 17

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 4, 2005 –The Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University will present a clarinet recital at 8 p.m. Feb. 17 featuring faculty member Dr. Michael Dean.

This concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Brandt Music Hall Room 205.

Dean is associate professor of clarinet and saxophone at Southeast. Born in Dallas, Texas, he holds a doctoral degree in clarinet performance from Texas Tech University, a master of music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a bachelor of music degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. His teachers include Robert Walzel, Philip Aaholm, Carol Jessup, Bob Ackerman and Jess Youngblood. 

Dean is an active recitalist, soloist, chamber musician and clinician. He was a recitalist at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City in March of 2002. He is currently clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra in Paducah, Kentucky and the Southeast Chamber Players faculty ensemble at Southeast. He also has performed with the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, Nevada Symphony Orchestra, Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of Southern Utah, the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra, the Garland Symphony Orchestra and the Red Mesa Trio. As a clarinetist and woodwind specialist, he has performed in the pit orchestras of more than 30 musicals and operas.

The concert on Feb. 17 will include music by Alec Wilder, Carl Maria VonWeber and Jeffrey Hoover. Piano accompaniment will be provided by Matt Yount. Dean will also be performing the premier of a brand new arrangement of a piece called “Half Moon at Checkerboard Mesa” by Phillip Bimstein. This arrangement is written for clarinet and flute (to be played by faculty member Paul Thompson) and will be performed over the original composition featuring frogs, crickets and coyotes. This piece is sure to be a big hit and will thrill audiences with its fresh take on instrumentation.

For more information, contact the Music Department at 573-651-2141.