Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Two African-American brothers from Chicago excel in classical flute, clarinet

Tonight, NBC Nightly News presented two African-American brothers from Chicago who both play woodwinds in different symphony orchestras (Seattle and the Metropolitan Opera in New York).  They are Demarre (flute, Seattle) and Anthony McGill (clarinet, at the Met), 37 and 33.  Ron Allen prepared this report for NBC

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The brothers are also mentioned on “The Grio” here

Both were shown participating in elementary school music education programs.  (I am reminded of the Young People’s Concerts at the Minnesota Orchestra, for which I worked as a caller from 2002-2003.)
Major literature for the clarinet includes the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, Sinfonia Concertante and Clarinet Quintet;  Brahms Clarinet Quintet, and the Clarinet Concerto by Carl Nielsen, which is a bizarre work. 

Mozart offers two flute concertos,, and Nielsen also offers a flute concerto, which is again rather original in concept, but rather playful.

I suspect these brothers know the music of Carl Nielsen pretty well.   

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