Clarinet is newest addition to Chapel Court and Countryside series

Langley, B.C.—Chapel Court and Countryside presents its first clarinet performance on Sunday March 14th at 2:30pm. The public is invited to the TWU campus to enjoy the skilful melodies of clarinettist Stephen Robb, accompanied by pianist Mariya Udovenko. Robb’s performance repertoire includes Clarinet Sonata in F-minor, composed by Johannes Brahms, First Rhapsody for Clarinet and Piano, composed by Claude Debussy, and sonatas as composed by Joseph Horovitz and Francis Poulenc.

Ron Moir, event coordinator and TWU music professor, is delighted by the addition of a clarinet performance to the series. “The clarinet is an absolutely fabulous sound,” he says. “And Brahms is the most amazing composer. He was primarily a pianist but could play just about any instrument—nobody wrote for clarinet better than Brahms. It will be a treat to hear a seasoned professional like Stephen [Robb] bring Brahms’ work to life.”

Robb will not only perform Brahms classics, he will also treat audiences to several pieces by Leonard Bernstein. Best known for his musical Westside Story, Bernstein “tends to compose extremely expressive songs that are full of fire and drama,” says Moir. “He is perhaps the most recognized composer in the States. It didn’t hurt that Westside Story’s music includes Tonight, one of the most famous love songs of the 20th century.”

Performing challenging pieces from Brahms and Bernstein is nothing new for Stephen Robb. A graduate of Queen’s and McGill, Robb holds a master’s in clarinet performance as well as a performance diploma. Since completing his Bachelor of Education at UBC, he has accepted numerous teaching positions, including Music Director of the Delta Community Music School, Principal Conductor and Music Director of the Delta Youth Orchestra and instructor of clarinet and saxophone at TWU.

Robb also performs with the Galiano Wind Trio and with jazz and classical orchestras and ensembles throughout Vancouver. In addition to performing, he conducts and arranges music for orchestras all over North America. His compositions and arrangements have been performed and commissioned by notables including Clyde Mitchell and the North Shore Symphonia.

Robb’s accompanist, Mariya Udovenko, is also a notable performer. With her master’s degree in piano performance, teaching, chamber music, and accompanying from the Odessa State Nezhdanova Conservatory (Odessa, USSR), Udovenko has developed an impressive list of accomplishments. She has served as assistant piano professor at the Odessa State Nezhdanova Conservatory, as principal accompanist for the National Theatre of Opera Ballet in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and has performed with the Belgrade Symphony. Now residing in the Lower Mainland, Udovenko teaches all levels of piano in her Vancouver studio.

Event: Masterworks for Clarinet, Chapel Court and Countryside Series
Performers: Stephen Robb, clarinet and Mariya Udovenko, piano
Date: Sunday, March 14, 2004
Time: 2:30 pm
Location: Hanson Chapel, Trinity Western University campus
7600 Glover Road, Langley, B.C.
Cost: Admission by donation, reception to follow
Contact: Ron Moir at (604) 535-0656 or the music department at (604) 888-7511.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,500 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 13 other graduate degrees including counseling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

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