by Public Relations Office—Cedarville, Ohio
Cedarville, Ohio—“Sometimes, a clarinetist has to go outside his own repertory to find works that fully exploit the clarinet’s possibility,” says Dr. Bruce Curlette, clarinetist and professor of music at Cedarville University. Driven by this philosophy, he has chosen three pieces originally composed for other instruments, preparing them for an upcoming clarinet concert at the University.
Selections include Nicolai Myaskovskii’s Sonata No. 1 and Franz Schubert’s Sonata in A minor, both re-arranged by Curlette himself. Kent Kennan’s clarinet arrangement of Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata, Op. 94 will also be performed. Accompanied by Cincinnati-based musician Linda Lally on the piano, Curlette promises this evening will be one of “stolen but beautiful” music.
Previously a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Curlette has also served as solo clarinetist with the Mantovani Orchestra and associate principal clarinetist of the Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra.
He received his bachelor of science degree in education from Jacksonville State University in Alabama and his master of music degree in clarinet performance from the Eastman School of Music. Studying under D. Stanley Hasty and James M. Pyne, he also earned a doctorate of musical arts in clarinet performance from The Ohio State University.