Grassi Featured in Nov. 16 Sundays at Three Program at Southeast’s River Campus


grassiCAPE GIRARDEAU, Missouri, Nov. 11, 2014 – Italian Maestro and Clarinetist Andrea Massimo Grassi and Italian Pianist Anna Quaranta will perform a concert featuring a Johannes Brahms sonata for clarinet and piano at 3 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus as part of the Chamber Music Sundays at Three concert series.

The concert will also feature a Mozart quintet for clarinet and strings.

Andrea Massimo Grassi

Grassi, clarinet, is a native of Milan, Italy. He studied clarinet at the Conservatorio ‘G. Verdi’ under Primo Borali. He went on to specialize in chamber music under Vittorio Luna, Masha Ianuchewskaya, Maureen Jones and Dario De Rosa. Grassi received the ‘Diloma d’onore’ from the Accademia Musicale Chigiana of Siena and the diploma of the Accademia Internazionale di Musica of Biella under the leadership of Antony Pay. He has studied modern literature at the University of Parma and earned a doctoral degree in philology at the Facoltà di Musicolgia of Cremona. Grassi also has held seminars and master-level courses in the United States.

Grassi has performed chamber music around the world and has published many works.

Anna Quaranta

Quaranta, piano, is a native of Salerno, Italy. She began her musical career at age seven. She graduated from Fisciano University in 1990 after studying music history and earned her doctoral degree in musicology from Bologna University. Prior to her graduation, Quaranta followed courses in Phaenomenology of music and studied under Alexander Hintchev, Boris Bekhterev and Bruno Canino. She is currently working with Christa  Bützberger, one of Sergiu Celibidache’s most accomplished followers.

Also featured on the concert will be Mozart’s “Airs and Waltzes from ‘The Magic Flute’” and his “Clarinet Quintet in A KV581.”

Other performers on the concert will be Raluca Dumitrache, violin, who actively performs with several symphony orchestras; Laura Reycraft, viola, a string faculty member of the Community Music School of Webster University and City Academy; Valentia Takova, cello, a member of Boston’s Kalistos Chamber Orchestra; Gabrielle Baffoni, clarinet, and Southeast instructor of clarinet and saxophone; and Brandon Christensen, violin, Southeast professor of violin and viola at Southeast and founder and artistic director of the “Chamber Music Sundays at Three” concert series.


Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651-2265. Tickets may also be purchased online at