Clarinetist with New York Philharmonic to perform


Published: Friday, January 31, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 31, 2003 at 12:04 a.m.

When UF faculty clarinetist Mitchell Estrin was in New York over the holidays, he worked with - in small part - his old outfit, the New York Philharmonic. He also hobnobbed with his replacement as associate principal clarinetist, Mark Nuccio.

In return, Nuccio will do some hobnobbing of his own in Gainesville this weekend. Nuccio will perform a recital at 7 p.m. Sunday in University Auditorium. He will be accompanied at various times by pianist Kevin Sharpe, Estrin and the School of Music's clarinet ensemble. But mostly the show is Nuccio's. A similar format was adopted a year or so ago when the New York Philharmonic's longtime senior clarinetist, Stanley Drucker, visited here.

Nuccio, already a well-traveled virtuoso, currently teaches at Mannes College of Music in New York. In the collaboration with the clarinet ensemble (conducted by Estrin), Nuccio will offer a reprisal of the work heard when Drucker was here - Rossini's "Introduction, Theme and Variations."

With pianist Sharpe, Nuccio will perform the Sonatina by Joseph Horowitz and the Adagio by Heinrich Baermann, the latter being a piece once attributed to Richard Wagner. Estrin also chips in for the "Concert Piece for Two Clarinets and Piano" by Felix Mendelssohn.

This event is free.

It's hard to characterize fairly the status of early music performance in Gainesville. It's not non-existent, but it only seems to be scratching the surface, in a way that seems to have gotten stuck in a rut. We're mighty glad for what's here, but why hasn't the University of Florida School of Music offered a fuller picture?

I'm talking, mostly, of music coming from the 600 years or so before Bach. So much could be offered, and here's an idea of some upcoming major opportunities available elsewhere. Web sites are shown where available.

Lutenist/director Anthony Rooley is in residence at FSU's School of Music this semester, and earlier this month he gave an admirable recital, along with singer Evelyn Tubb, in Tallahassee. Both are members of the English group the Consort of Musicke, and they will give a lecture and recital on 17th century English song at 4 p.m. on Feb. 12 at FSU.

Rooley's major project at FSU is preparing an opera from the English Baroque, John Eccles' "Semele" from 1707. It didn't get performed in London until 1972, when Rooley premiered it. The dates for the FSU performances are Feb. 21, 23, 27 and 28. Go to www.fsu.edu/~musicps/events/.

Orlando's Cathedral Church of St. Luke provides an ample music series that includes some 40-minute noontime concerts. One of these, on Feb. 20, will involve the costumed ensemble The Playford Waits highlighting music of the Renaissance and early Baroque periods. Go to www.StLukesCathedral.org/music.htm.

The Tallahassee Bach Parley will present a program of antiphonal music for brass and choir at 4 p.m. on March 2 at St. John's Episcopal Church. Music of Gabrieli and Purcell will be featured.

The fourth Tropical Baroque Music Festival is scheduled for early March at various locales in Coral Gables. The visiting groups taking part include Chatham Baroque on March 4, Amarillis on March 6, Camerata Koln on March 7 and Bimbetta on March 8. Go to www.miamibach society.org.

The Society for Seventeenth Century Music is meeting at Wake Forest University from April 3-6. The focus will be on the music of Heinrich Schutz. Go to www.sscm-jscm.org.

And don't forget the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C., in May-June, and the biennial Boston Early Music Festival in June.

David Grundy can be reached at dmgrundy@aol.com

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