Clarinetist to be featured in Sunday performance

Clarinetist Brian Hermanson of Nashville, Tenn., will be the featured musician for a Sunday, April 7, concert sponsored by Western Carolina University’s School of Music and Office of the Provost.

Hermanson was originally scheduled to perform on campus Feb. 21, but that event was postponed. The free performance will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of WCU’s Coulter Building.

Brian Hermanson

Brian Hermanson

Hermanson earned his bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance at the Eastman School of Music and was recipient of one of the school’s highest honors, the Performer’s Certificate. He received advanced training at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Texas and has performed at numerous major American music festivals and throughout Europe.

Pianist Daniel Weiser will accompany Hermanson on all the evening’s selections. Weiser earned his doctorate in piano and chamber music at the Peabody Conservatory. He has performed around the world and was formerly a member of the music faculty at Dartmouth College and the St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire.

The featured work will be Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Cello, Op. 114 by Johannes Brahms, with Hermanson performing alongside Weiser and Franklin Keel, associate principal cellist with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra.

The program also will include another work by Brahms and compositions by Jean Francaix, Luciano Berio and Amilcare Ponchielli. Hermanson and Weiser will be joined on Ponchielli’s Il Convegno, Divertimento for Two Clarinets by Shannon Thompson, who heads WCU’s School of Music clarinet studio.

In addition to performing, Hermanson also oversees the Reed Project, which focuses on research into the changing acoustical properties and expectations of the modern clarinetist and works toward the development of materials in support of those changes. As a custom clarinet reed maker, Hermanson also will be conducting reed-making workshops with WCU students during his visit the campus.

For more information about the April 7 concert, contact the School of Music at 828-227-7242.