Diane Barger, professor of clarinet, showcases the E-flat clarinet’s capabilities in the Sept. 29 recital “Duos, Dances and Other Delights” at 7:30 p.m. in Kimball Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
In addition to works for E-flat clarinet by Panizza, Bolcom, Sheng and Ponchielli, Barger will perform works by Reade and Schocker for the “standard” B-flat clarinet. Guest clarinetist Denise Gainey, University of Alabama-Birmingham, and Mark Clinton, professor of piano, UNL, join Barger for the program.
“This is truly a recital filled with ‘delights,’” Barger said. “From the operatic and virtuosic pieces by Panizza and Ponchielli, to the charming dances of Bolcom and the beautiful duo sonata of Schocker, the somber lament of Sheng’s ‘Little Cabbage,’ and the beautiful musical portrait of a Victorian kitchen garden, this concert has something for everyone.”
Barger is Hixson-Lied Professor of Clarinet and a member of the Moran Woodwind Quintet. She recevied the 2013 Annis Chaikin Sorensen Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Humanities. She is principal clarinet with Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her work as a collegiate educator, Barger actively works with pre-college clarinetists and is involved in mentoring her cadre of clarinet instructors at Cornerstone Academy of Clarinet, where she serves as founder and professor of clarinet.