Claricello, a professional chamber ensemble based in Colorado, will be presenting a concert of contemporary classical music written for clarinet and cello. This concert will highlight the broad range of styles and sound colors found in the music of living composers. The program will feature works by composers including Shulamit Ran (Israel-USA), Ollie Kortekangas (Finland), Phyllis Tate (England) and San Francisco based composer Belinda Reynolds. This chamber music concert will be a rare opportunity to experience live 20th century classical music written for clarinet and cello and to learn more about the people writing music today.

Since 1998, when Claricello was officially formed, their purpose has been three-fold: first, to explore the sonic and musical possibilities and repertoire of clarinet and cello; second, to create a conversational concert format in which to engage audiences and spark interest in and a connection to live classical music; and finally to explore multidisciplinary possibilities by working with other artists and performers to create new works or to reinvent old ones.

As Claricello, Lara Turner and Jason Gresl continue taking advantage of a variety of performance opportunities, playing pre-existing classical works for clarinet and cello as well as their own arrangements and incorporating an interactive element into their concerts by sharing facts and stories related to the works performed. They have given concerts around the country and locally in Colorado in such venues as the Boulder and Denver Public Libraries and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as several performances on behalf of the CU-in-Residency program. Lara and Jason have been regular performers on the Pendulum New Music Series in Boulder as well as the Loon Lake Live! Chamber Music Festival in upstate New York. This past summer they were invited to perform a concert and were semi-finalists in the Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Italy.

Individually, Lara and Jason have attended several music festivals including Aspen Music Festival, Blossom Music Festival and the National Repertory Orchestra. They continue to freelance and perform with other ensembles including the Boulder Philharmonic, Cheyenne Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony and Experimental Playground Ensemble. They have extensive new music experience and have worked with such American composers as John Harbison, Richard Toensing and Judith Lang Zaimont. Current composer collaborations involve David Kirtley (USA), Lars Graugaard (Denmark) and Burkhardt Soll (Netherlands).

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Thursday, December 18, 2003, 2:30am to 4:30am