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“Dazzling” Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein performs Copland’s Jazz-Infused Clarinet Concerto with the ESO March 3-5

Feb 22, 2017 10:27AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, praised by The New York Times for possessing a “beautiful liquid clarity,” performs Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto March 3-5 with the award-winning Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO), led by Resident Conductor Stephen Squires. Of Fiterstein, The Washington Post wrote, “Fiterstein treats his instrument as his own personal voice, dazzling in its spectrum of colors, agility and range. Every sound he makes is finely measured without inhibiting expressiveness.” The Clarinet Concerto was commissioned by jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman, who later noted, “I made no demands on what Copland should write. He had completely free rein, except that I should have a two-year exclusivity on playing the work. I paid two thousand dollars and that's real money.” Goodman performed the premiere of the concerto November 6, 1950 on NBC Radio with the NBC Orchestra conducted by Fritz Reiner. The concerto was later choreographed by Jerome Robbins for the 1951 ballet Pied Piper. The March 3-5 ESO concerts also feature Copland’s Billy the Kid Suite, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. For tickets, which start at only $30, see ElginSymphony.Org or call 847-888-4000. Student tickets $12 with an ID.