This concert promises to be Southern Exposure’s most adventurous. It features a world-renowned clarinet soloist and up-and-coming young percussion/video design duo, both of whom present striking, original visions of the concert experience. The Czech performer Dohnal, one of the world’s leading clarinetists, presents his engaging, critically-acclaimed interpretation of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Harlekin (Harlequin, 1975), a costumed piece that includes elements of dance and pantomime – written for a dancing clarinetist!
Earsight Duo, Peter Ferry and Xuan, winners of USC’s 2015 Savvy Musician in Action Chamber Music Competition, challenge the conventional notions of a chamber music partnership. Ferry, a virtuoso percussionist, has significant video and technology chops. Xuan, an acclaimed video designer, is also a classically trained pianist and is unusually well-suited to interpret music on the big screen. As a team, they create performances that blend percussion and video (and occasionally piano) with extraordinary sophistication, beauty and humor.
Karel Dohnal’s appearance is made possible through funding by the USC Clarinet Association, a USC Student Government organization.