Western Carolina University clarinetist Shannon Thompson will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus.
The performance is free and open to the public.
Titled “The Clarinet Reimagined,” the concert includes a wide range of musical styles such as rock, blues, swing and rap featuring the clarinet and bass clarinet. Thompson, an associate professor of music, will be joined by faculty guitarist Stephen Wohlrab and his students, faculty composer Damon Sink and Grammy Award-winning bassist Eliot Wadopian.
The first piece on the program, “Grab It!” by Dutch composer Jacob TV, includes dialogue that contains profanity. Those who are sensitive to obscene language and/or bringing children are advised to come late to the performance. Also, Thompson will perform “Lenny,” an instrumental blues solo for electric guitar by Stevie Ray Vaughan, on bass clarinet, and Damon Sink will join her on stage to perform an original rock composition inspired by the music of the Beatles that features both live and manipulated clarinet and bass clarinet sounds. The concert will conclude with “gypsy jazz” swing music in the style of guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli.
A member of both the Asheville and Hendersonville symphony orchestras, Thompson has performed throughout the U.S. as a recitalist and chamber musician, and will be performing and teaching this July at the InterHarmony Music Festival in Tuscany, Italy.
For more information about the performance, call the WCU School of Music at 828-227-7242.