Steve Cohen

Steve Cohen

Wednesday, March 14 @ 8 p.m., Recital Hall

Professor of clarinet at Northwestern University, Steve Cohen, and JMU faculty members, Janice Minor (clarinet) and Sue Barber (bassoon) perform Divertimento No. 5 for two clarinets and bassoon by W. A. Mozart. This concert also features faculty pianist, Gabriel Dobner.

Steve Cohen maintains a very busy schedule each year with master classes and recitals that have taken him throughout China, Taiwan, Korea, Europe and from coast to coast in the United States. Cohen was the long-time principal clarinet and frequent soloist with the New Orleans Symphony and its successor, the Louisiana Philharmonic, from 1975-2004 and has been principal clarinet at the Brevard Music Center since 1979. He has performed as principal clarinet with the Seoul Philharmonic on their European tour in 1988, and also has played principal clarinet with the Texas Opera Theater Orchestra, Ars Viva Symphony, Music of the Baroque Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Currently a clarinet professor and coordinator of the winds, brass and percussion at Northwestern University, Cohen is an artist/clinician for Buffet clarinets and a Legere reed artist. He hosted the 2001 International Clarinet Association Convention in New Orleans. New York City born to a Juilliard-trained clarinetist, his teachers have included, Loren Kitt, Larry McDonald, Karl Leister and Robert Marcellus.

Janice L. Minor is the clarinet professor at James Madison University and the Saarburger Serenaden: International Music Festival and School in Saarburg, Germany. She is an active chamber and orchestral musician having performed with the Montpelier Wind Quintet, the Prestige Clarinet Quartet, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Pops, Cincinnati Opera, Richmond Symphony, Roanoke Symphony, Opera Roanoke, as well as on soundtracks for The Discovery Channel and National Geographic. Appearances as soloist, chamber musician and clinician include: the United States Army Europe Band in Heidelberg, Germany; the United States Army Band Pershing’s Own; the Northwest Symphony Orchestra; the Cincinnati Eighteenth Century Ensemble; Aspen Music Festival; Opera Theater of Lucca Music Festival in Lucca, Italy; the Interlochen Arts Academy; and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Janice L. Minor is a Buffet Crampon USA performing artist/clinician music reviewer for The Clarinet, the official journal of the International Clarinet Association.

Sue Barber performs regularly as a member of the Montpelier Wind Quintet and teaches at the Brevard Music Festival in Brevard, NC during the summer season. In addition, she is an active freelance bassoonist in the region, having performed regularly with The Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony, Opera Roanoke, Opera on The James, Chamber Orchestra of Southwest Virginia and The Oratorio Society of Charlottesville. Barber earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York, a Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School in New York, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Louisiana State University. She is currently the Associate Professor of Bassoon and coordinator of the Woodwind Area at the James Madison University School of Music.

Gabriel Dobner has recorded for the Ottavo and MDG labels. His recording of songs by Liszt, Dvorák and Mahler with Cornelia Kallisch won high praise from BBC Magazine and the West German Radio in Cologne, referring to him as a “master among Lieder pianists.” Radio recordings include the Bayrischer Rundfunk, Südwestfunk, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, Chubo-Nippon Broadcasting Company (Japan) and Saint Paul Sunday. Upon receiving a German scholarship to study Lied accompanying in Munich with Helmut Deutsch, Gabriel Dobner moved to Augsburg. After winning the pianist’s prize in the International Hans Pfitzner Lieder Competition in Munich, he established himself as a successful collaborative pianist and began appearing with such notable singers as René Kollo, Cornelia Kallisch and Kevin McMillan. He has since performed in many of Europe’s most prestigious concert venues. Previous teaching engagements include Indiana University and the Nürnberg/Augsburg Hochschule für Musik. A native of Chicago, Gabriel Dobner holds degrees from Roosevelt University and Indiana University. His teachers include Ludmila Lazar and Leonard Hokanson.

Ticket prices: $8–$10 Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the box office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and 1½ hours prior to performance). Major credit cards, cash, checks and JACards accepted.
JMU student tickets: $4 in person at box office only with ID. Cash only 1½ prior to performance.

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