All-Mozart Concerts to Feature Richard Stoltzman, Clarinet

Posted Jan 03, 2012 | Press Releases, 

For the first concerts of the New Year, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra continues its tradition of artistic excellence by presenting two concerts with featuring award-winning Richard Stoltzman, one of the most accomplished and recognized solo clarinetists today.  He will be performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in a program that also includes Mozart’s final achievement, his unfinished Requiem.

Joining the ASO for this massive choral work are soprano Katharine Dain, recognized by The New York Times for her “rich tone,” “deep emotion,” and “lovely, passionate” performances; Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Sarah Mesko, mezzo-soprano; accomplished tenor Daniel Molkentin; and Thomas Stork, one of the D.C.-area’s most sought after bass-baritones.  The ASO also welcomes the Metropolitan Chorus and the Alexandria Choral Society to round out this Requiem performance.

Richard Stoltzman is a Grammy award-winning clarinetist who has been delighting audiences for decades. Having released over 40 recordings in addition to collaborations with similarly famed artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, and Richard Goode, he is also recognized for his work in the Emmy award-winning Concerto! program for PBS with Michael Tilson Thomas and Dudley Moore.  The New York Times has written, “his mastery of the clarinet and his impeccable musicianship are no secret by now, but one who has not heard him play for a time can easily forget how rich and fluid the instrument can sound from top to bottom of its range. If Mr. Stoltzman is not one of a kind, who might the others be?”  For the ASO’s concerts on February 11 and 12, Mr. Stoltzman performs Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto.