Foreman Institute to Present Clarinet, Wind Concert

February 27, 2013

Robin Seletsky, instructor of clarinet at Hartwick College, will perform a newly commissioned "Concerto for Klezmer Clarinet and Wind Ensemble" with the Hartwick College Symphonic Band, conducted by Dr. Jason Curley, on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. in the Anderson Center for the Arts Theater.

The work, which sets traditional Ashkenazik and Sephardic melodies within a virtuosic arrangement for soloist and wind ensemble, was orchestrated by former Hartwick professor Brian Wilson. Seletsky will host a workshop on klezmer style and performance practices on Friday March 15 at 3 p.m. in the Anderson Center for the Arts Music Circle. Both events are made possible by a grant from the Foreman Institute for the Creative and Performing Arts. Admission to both is free and the public is invited to attend.

Composer and conductor Brian Scott Wilson is Professor of Composition and Theory at Sonoma State University, where he is also the Chairman of the Music Department. His pieces have won numerous awards including First Prize at the International Trombone Association Composition Competition and the CMS National Composition Award. He has conducted many of his works at venues around the world, most recently in Greece and Russia. An earlier commission of Dr. Wilson's, entitled "GMT Plus Two", was presented at Hartwick College by the Foreman Institute and premiered by Seletsky and the Catskill Klezmorim in 1999.

Well known to area audiences, clarinetist Seletsky has been performing with many groups in and around Oneonta including Glimmerglass Opera, Catskill Symphony, and with her own klezmer ensembles the Catskill Klezmorim and Big Galut(e). She is an instructor of clarinet at both Hartwick and SUNY-Oneonta, and is the music director at Temple Beth El. A graduate of New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School, she is a former member of the San Antonio Symphony.

For more information, contact Curley at 607-431-4802 or

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