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OU hosts prestigious clarinet symposium



Coordinated by David Etheridge, clarinet professor at the OU School of Music, the annual University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium celebrates its 32nd anniversary this year.

"It's the longest-standing one in the United States," Etheridge said. "It's the granddaddy and the model for all the rest that go on."

While other symposiums may only have three or four guest artists, the OU symposium will feature 28 of them. From Thursday to Saturday, the symposium will feature lectures, master classes and a plethora of recitals. Lecture topics include jazz improvisation and how to teach precollege students.

"It's kind of like a public music lesson," Etheridge said.

The crown jewel of the weekend, however, will be the evening concerts open each night to the public.

"My evening concerts are all major artists from around the world," Etheridge said. "It's an opportunity to hear the very best."

Concerts will include members of the New York Metropolitan Opera and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, as well as jazz performer Ken Peplowski.

"All of the headliner performers are astounding soloists and well worth the effort of concert attendance," Etheridge said.

For more information, call 325-2081. "CJ Macklin

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