Anna Lee van Buren Endowed Chair in Clarinet, Coordinator of Winds and Percussion and Professor of Clarinet Garrick Zoeter, M.M., performed on March 18 as principal clarinet with the Post Classical Ensemble in the “Hope in the Night” concert at the Duke Ellington School for the Arts in Washington, D.C. This concert was presented in partnership with the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and featured the music of African American composer William Dawson. It was the final concert in Post Classical Ensemble’s season-long project, “The Rediscovery and Renewal of Black Classical Music,” which sought to elevate consequential composers who have too long been neglected for all their profound contributions to American orchestral music. Post Classical Ensemble has long been a national leader in unearthing this buried history. By contextualizing this story — where the music came from, why it disappeared and what to make of it today — the program invited audience members and performers to reflect on the nation’s complex cultural history and gain insight into how to nurture understanding and dialogue.
Zoeter was joined in the clarinet section by two alumni of the SU clarinet studio, Caitlin Beare ’13 (Bachelor of Music in Performance) and John Romano ’91 (Bachelor of Music in Performance).
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