John Clouser
works by
Bernard H. Garfield

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John Clouser, bassoon
Elizabeth DeMio, piano

Ellen dePasquale, violin
Stanley Konopka, viola
Richard Weiss, violoncello
Michael Hope, baritone
Julia Lockhart, piano

Track Listing

Quartet No. 1 (1950) for Bassoon, Violin, Viola, and Violoncello [14:08]
1. Allegro con spirito [3:37]
2. Andante espressivo [4:00]
3. Allegro scherzando [6:21]
John Clouser, bassoon
Ellen dePasquale, violin
Stanley Konopka, viola
Richard Weiss, violoncello

4. Soliloquy [2:49]
John Clouser, bassoon
Elizabeth DeMio, piano

Two Pieces for Bassoon and Piano
5. Andantino espressivo [1:09]
6. Scherzo [2:23]
John Clouser, bassoon
Elizabeth DeMio, piano

7. Poéme for Bassoon and Piano [5:27]
John Clouser, bassoon
Elizabeth DeMio, piano

Sonata, Tribute to Scarlatti [12:07]
8. Allegro con brio [4:10]
9. Andante, molto sostenuto [3:09]
10. Rondo vivace [4:38]
Elizabeth DeMio, piano

Three Songs for Voice and Piano
11. Then Come You Near (Thallis Hoyt) [2:19]
12. Lullaby (Thomas Dekker) [1:30]
13. Ebb (Edna St. Vincent Millay) [1:39]
Michael Hope, baritone
Julia Lockhart, piano

Pieces for Piano
14. Prelude in B-flat Minor [4:02]
15. Morning Serenade [2:23]
16. Lexie’s Dance [1:37]
17. Hornpipe [1:29]
Elizabeth DeMio, piano

John Clouser, Bassoon since 1997 has been Principal Bassoon of the Cleveland Orchestra. Before joining the Cleveland Orchestra he was the Associate Principal Bassoon of the Montreal Symphony and the Principal Bassoon of the Memphis Symphony. A student of Mr. Garfield , he studied at Temple University and The New School of Music in Philadelphia. As a soloist , Mr. Clouser has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra on numerous occasions as well as the Memphis Symphony , The Texas Festival Orchestra , and The Peninsula Festival Orchestra. He is a frequent recitalist and masterclass clinician around North America and the world having collaborated with The New World Symphony in Miami , Domaine Forget Festival in Quebec , The Round Top Festival in Texas , The National Orchestral Institute in Maryland in addition to many North American Universities and Schools of Music and also internationally with the Conservatories of Hong Kong and Beijing. He is currently on the faculty of the Blossom Music Festival.

As a chamber musician Mr. Clouser has performed with many fine international soloists such as Mitsuko Uchida , Immanuel Axe , Christopher O’Riley and Leif Ove Ansdnes as well as many of his Cleveland Orchestra Colleagues. Mr. Clouser has been the head of the Bassoon Department at The Cleveland Institute of Music since 1997 and was previously instructor of bassoon at Rhodes College in Memphis and McGill University in Montreal.

Elizabeth DeMio is well-known as a collaborative pianist, recitalist, and soloist in the Cleveland area. In addition to appearing in over 100 concerts annually with local aspiring musicians, she performs frequently with soloists such as David Requiro, John Mack, John Clouser, Michel Strauss, Umberto Clerici, Massimo La Rosa, and the Cavani Quartet, and has toured and given master classes throughout the United States, Korea, and Mexico. As a soloist, DeMio performs often with the Trinity Cathedral Chamber Orchestra, a group in Cleveland that follows the tradition of daytime concerts in the great cathedrals of London. With that ensemble, she has performed twenty Mozart concerti and the five Beethoven concerti as well as works by Schumann, Mendelssohn, Ravel, and others. She has also appeared as soloist with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Veracruz and the Orquesta de la UNAM in Mexico. DeMio has recorded for both the Crystal and Azica labels. She currently serves on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music in the collaborative piano department.

Ellen dePasquale, widely acclaimed for the beauty of her playing and refined musicianship, studied with Jascha Brodsky at the Curtis Institute of Music and Miriam Fried at Indiana University before being appointed concertmaster of the Florida Orchestra in 1996.

Ms. dePasquale is a regular guest at leading music festivals throughout the United States and Europe, and has appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, the Caramoor Festival, the Evian Music Festival, Indiana University, the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, the Marlboro Music Festival, La Musica in Sarasota, the National Orchestral Institute, the Nevada Chamber Music Festival, the New World Symphony, and the Sangat Music Festival in Mumbai, India.

A highly sought after pedagogue, Ms. dePasquale is currently on the faculty of Temple University in Philadelphia and has been a former member of the faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Encore School for Strings, the Kent/Blossom Music Festival and the University of South Florida.

From 1999-2007, Ms. dePasquale served as associate concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. During her tenure with the orchestra, she was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Piano Trio and made numerous solo appearances with the orchestra. Other recent solo engagements have included concerts with the Florida Orchestra and Hong Kong Philharmonic.

Stanley Konopka, has been a member of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1991; he was appointed assistant principal viola in 1993. He received an Undergraduate Diploma from CIM. He is a former member of the Pittsburgh Symphony and a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy. Former teachers include David Holland, Milton Preves and Robert Vernon. Mr. Konopka is a faculty member at Kent/Blossom Music Festival and ENCORE School for Strings. He has performed with Myriad, a local chamber ensemble, and at chamber music festivals including Banff, Taos, Pensacola and Lakes, with many concerts broadcast live on National Public Radio. He has performed as soloist on numerous occasions with the orchestras of Interlochen, CIM, NRO, Masterworks Festival, and The Cleveland Orchestra. He has recorded chamber music with Telarc and, as a composer, has won an award from BMI. He has also written and arranged pieces for the orchestras of Interlochen and Contemporary Youth Orchestra. He was appointed to the CIM faculty in 1995.

Richard Weiss, first assistant principal cello (currently acting principal) of The Cleveland Orchestra, is from Los Angeles. He won national first prize in the MTNA competition. At the Tanglewood Festival, he was the Young Artist contest winner and concerto soloist. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Mr. Weiss played in the Rochester Philharmonic while in school, and was appointed to The Cleveland Orchestra during his senior year. In addition to his duties as a principal player, he has appeared as concerto soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra many times. He is a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Piano Trio. Mr. Weiss and principal keyboardist Joela Jones, assisted by principal bassist Max Dimoff and percussionist Donald Miller, recently released a CD of Claude Bolling’s Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio. He serves on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music, and is a coach for Miami’s New World Symphony.

Canadian singer and musician Michael Hope is one of today’s most compelling vocalists. Gifted with a gorgeous baritone voice he has appeared with virtually every Canadian orchestra plus symphonies in the United States.

In 1997, he sang the Canadian Premiere of American composer John Adams’ tone poem for baritone and orchestra, “The Wound Dresser”. This performance drew not only critical acclaim, but also the highest praise from the composer himself. (“I was, by the end of the piece, genuinely moved… A marvelous expressive voice” – John Adams) No stranger to television. He can currently be seen performing television production “Whole Notes” which is broadcast nationally on the Bravo! And PBS TV networks.

He is also a distinguished recording artist, and his newest CD “Silent Night” recently made The Calgary Herald’s Top 10 Holiday CD list. His other two hit CDs Bewitched” and “The Quintessential Cole Porter” have also received critical acclaim. For more information on Michael, visit his website at www.michaelhope.net

Michael is also a musician of rare versatility – he currently holds the position of Assistant Principal Bassoonist in The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and is a 1981 graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music where he was a proud student of Bernard Garfield.

Julia Lockhart has recently been appointed Principal Bassoon of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She is a native of Calgary, Alberta, and first joined the Vancouver Symphony in 2002 as Second Bassoon. In 2001, Julia graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music with a B.Mus in bassoon and a Diploma in harpsichord. The following year she attended Yale School of Music on full scholarship, while playing part time with the Iris Chamber Orchestra in Memphis. Julia has studied with Bernard Garfield, Frank Morelli, Nadina Mackie Jackson, and Michael Hope. She has appeared as soloist with the University of Toronto Chamber Orchestra, and plays often with the CBC Radio Orchestra in Vancouver.

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