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April 20, 2013: Venezuelan Virtuosity

The Chicago Clarinet Ensemble embraces the music of Latin America with Venuzuelan clarinet virtuoso Jorge Montilla, one of the finest musicians ever produced by Venezuela’s “El Sistema.”  Join us to be transported to Latin America via the syncopations and characteristic rhythms of the culture.  No plane ticket necessary. A Vandoren-sponsored reception to follow. 

Saturday, April 20th, 2013. NEIU Recital Hall, 5500 N Saint Louis Avenue
General Admission:  $15; Students:  $10; NEIU Students: Free
Purchase Tickets HERE.

MASTER CLASS with Jorge Montilla
Saturday, April 20th, 2013
10:00 am, Recital Hall at Northeastern Illinois University

Performance Highlights

August 2012
International Clarinet Association, ClarinetFest 2012
University of Nebraska at Lincoln

April 2012  
Northeastern Illinois University
Guest Artists: Elsa Verdehr, Walter Verdehr, violin

May 2011
Northeastern Illinois University
Guest Artists: Stanley and Naomi Drucker

May 2010
Northeastern Illinois University
Guest Artist: Anthony McGill

April 2010
Iowa Clarinet Day, Central College, Pella Iowa

March 2010
Sounds and Steps of Latin America – Live from Gottlieb Hall, Merit School of America
Collaboration with Ensemble Espagnol Dancers

April 2009
Northeastern Illinois University
Guest Artists: John Hagstrom, trumpet; Steve Cohen

November 2008
Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago Cultural Center
Guest Artist: John Yeh

October 2008

Vandoren Clarinet Ensemble Festival – Chicago, IL

May 2008
Northeastern Illinois University
Guest Artists: Lawrie Bloom, Charlene Zimmerman

May 2007
Looptopia, Chicago

May 2007
Inaugural Concert – Northeastern Illinois University
Guest Artists:  John Yeh, Larry Combs, Julie DeRoche

Third Annual Chicago Clarinet Collaborations

sponsored by NEIU Department of Music, and Vandoren, Inc.

Schedule of Events
All events are held in the Fine Arts Building at Northeastern Illinois University

Orchestral Excerpt Audition and Masterclass with Charlene Zimmerman, principal clarinetist Lyric Opera Orchestra.  Prize: $300


Clarinet Choir Rehearsal
Combined studios rehearse and coach with John Bruce Yeh, Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 


Break for Dinner and/or Small (individual studios)
Clarinet Ensemble rehearsals inthe Auditorium.

CONCERT featuring the individual and combined clarinet studios of participating universities. Performance by the Chicago Clarinet Ensemble.

Vandoren, Inc. and Buffet Crampon will be present during the day.  Try the Buffet line of clarinets and the new Master’s Mouthpieces by Vandoren!
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Northwestern University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • DePaul University
  • Roosevelt University
  • North Central University
  • Vandercook College
  • North Park University
  • Southern Illinois University
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Xavier University
  • Wheaton Conservatory of Music
Tickets are available at the door.  $10 admission includes the masterclass and the concert.  Free for students and faculty of participating universities. Call Rose Sperrazza at (773) 442-5902 to reserve space.