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MSO Concert: Duo Claritare

MSO Concert: Duo Claritare

Hagerstown, MD - The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will present its second in a two-part series of Maryland Symphony Orchestra (MSO) Recitals on Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 2:30pm by Duo Claritare, composed of clarinetist Michael Hoover and classical guitarist Candice Mowbray. The concert is sponsored in part by Dr. and Mrs. Robert K. Hobbs and Cinda and Spence Perry. A reception hosted by members of the Museum's volunteer organization, The Singer Society, will follow the performance. Tickets are on sale now at $5.00 per person, members of the Museum and children under 12 are admitted free.
A beautiful program of exotic and intriguing works with Alsatian, Basque, Brazilian, French, and Argentine influences with the compositions of Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), Emile Waldteufel (1837-1915), Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) and Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) are among the selections, along with Regrets, Tears, and Blarney based on Irish and English folk tales and written by local composer Glenn Caluda.
Hoover holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from West Chester University. He is the principal second clarinet with the MSO and principal first clarinet with the Luhrs Performing Arts Center Festival Orchestra. He is currently an instructor of clarinet and saxophone at The St. James School, The Mercersburg Academy, and for Music and Arts Centers in Hagerstown, Maryland.
Mowbray, active as both a solo artist and chamber musician, earned a Master of Music degree in classical guitar performance from Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree there. She has appeared as guest performer and lecturer at the Bethlehem Guitar Festival and the Ibero American Guitar Festival at the Smithsonian, among others. Mowbray has taught for Shenandoah Conservatory, Mount Saint Mary's University, Shepherd University and Hagerstown and Frederick Community colleges.
Dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting works of art for the people of Washington County and citizens from the quad-state (MD, PA, VA, WV) region, for over seventy-eight years, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts has been recognized as one of the finest small museums in the United States. Admission to the museum is free. It is accredited by the American Association of Museums and its collection includes over 7,000 works of art. This "crown jewel of Washington County" has an enduring commitment to arts education and to the support of regional artists. The Museum offers studio art courses, lectures, concerts, and exhibitions from its permanent collection and traveling shows. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is funded through support from museum membership and annual fund donations by the public, fundraising events, grants from the business and corporate communities, and support from Washington County, the City of Hagerstown, and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. For more information on the Museum, please telephone 301-739-5727 or visit Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturday from 9am to 4pm, and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.

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