MARQUETTE -- Donald Grant, professor and head of the music department at Northern Michigan University, will perform a clarinet recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, in Reynolds Recital Hall. 

            Grant began his musical education at the United States Navy School of Music, graduating with honors in clarinet performance.  He has since held principal clarinet positions in the Salisbury and Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestras in North Carolina, as well as the Big Spring and Midland Odessa Symphony Orchestras in Texas.  Grant is the co-founder of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra and currently serves as its principal clarinet.  His recital will focus on the works of Bernhard Henrik Crusell, a Finnish composer and clarinet virtuosi.  Talents from NMU and the Marquette community will assist in the concert.

            “This recital will be an encore performance of the same program given during the 2005 Finn Grand Fest.  Because the performance in August was largely attended by non-students, it seemed appropriate to repeat the concert for our university students and community, allowing for a different audience to experience the music of a great Finnish composer,” said Grant.  “The first piece on the program exemplifies this technique and is based on a popular drinking song of the day.  The remaining works on the program are filled with tuneful melodies very accessible to general public.  The audience may even leave the concert whistling some of the tunes.”  

             The concert is open to the public at no charge and is sponsored in part by the music department and the FinnFest USA ’96 of the NMU Foundation.  For more information, contact 227-2563.

Prepared By
Becky Kratz