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BYU's Ray Smith and special guests to present musical evening Sept. 15

Brigham Young University’s Madsen Recital Hall will be the site for a night of clarinet, organ and piano music Friday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m.

Admission will be free.

The quartet of guest musicians will include BYU School of Music faculty member Ray Smith on clarinet, with guest artists John Scott on clarinet, Jesse Eschbach on organ and Steven Harlos on piano.

The repertoire will include “Offertoire sur les Grands Jeux” by Nicolas de Grigny, Charles-Marie Widor’s “Andante Sostenuto” and two pieces by Harlos, “Benniana: Jazz Sonata for Clarinet and Piano” and “Suite en style français for clarinet and organ.”

John Scott is a professor of clarinet at the University of North Texas. He has performed with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony and the Ft. Worth Symphony. He has also contributed to “The Clarinet,” the journal of the International Clarinet Association.

Ray Smith, a member of the BYU jazz faculty, plays the flute, Yamaha WX7 wind controller and saxophone in addition to the clarinet. He plays with other faculty members in a band called Q’ed Up and directs Synthesis, BYU’s big band jazz group.

Organist Jesse Eschbach’s awards include the prestigious Prix d’Excellence and Prix de Virtuosité from Rueil-Malmaison, and he recently released a CD, “Music of the Second Empire and Beyond.”

Pianist Steven Harlos made his solo debut at Lincoln Center in 1986, and he has since worked with such diverse artists as Marvin Gaye, Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan and Tommy Tune. He is also a member of the piano faculty at the University of North Texas.

For more information, contact Ken Crossley at (801) 422-9348.

Writer: Elizabeth Kasper

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