Guest clarinetist Daniel Silver joins Casper College Band for ‘An American Elegy’

By: Lisa S. Icenogle
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The Casper College Band will be joined by clarinetist Daniel Silver on Wednesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. for “An American Elegy: 25th Commemoration” concert in the Wheeler Concert Hall.

Under the direction of Joshua R. Mietz, DMA, the concert will feature two pieces by John Philip Sousa, “Globe and Eagle” and “The National Game,” “Suite of Old American Dances” by Robert Russell Bennett, “An American Elegy” by Frank Ticheli, and “Concertino for Clarinet and Band, Op. 26 by Carl Maria von Weber.

“An American Elegy” was commissioned by the Columbine Commissioning Fund in memory of those who lost their lives at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, and to honor the survivors. “I was moved and honored by this commission invitation and deeply inspired by the circumstances surrounding it,” said composer Ticheli. The work premiered on April 23, 2000. “This piece, in addition to being 25 years since the event, is rather timely in our community, as well,” noted Mietz.

According to his biography, Silver is a versatile performer whose career encompasses a full range of musical activities, from recitals, solo appearances, chamber music, teaching, and orchestral playing. His performing has garnered international critical acclaim. Silver served as the principal clarinet of the Washington Chamber Symphony at the Kennedy Center and has appeared frequently with the orchestras of Colorado, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh, including Carnegie Hall concerts with David Zinman and Lorin Maazel. He has appeared under many of the major podium figures of the last decades, including Leonard Bernstein, Mstislav Rostropovich, Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Slatkin, Andre Previn, Jeffrey Kahane, James Conlon, and others.

The Casper College Band is comprised of Jenna Farley, Delores Thornton, and Brylee Glaser on flute; Isaac Miller on oboe; Alexandra Vincent, Samantha Boutte, Dan Spangler, Tre Weant, and Hannah Kerkes on clarinet; Giselle Moreno on bass clarinet; Richard Turner on bassoon; BreNae Candelaria, MaKayla Schroeder, and Jacob Finnegan on alto saxophone; Aidan Murphy on soprano and tenor saxophone; Dylan Mazzanti on tenor saxophone; Mike Pryczynski, Virginia Hazen, and Sabrina Hamner on horn; Ozzy Ness, Marc Heward, Eternity Thunder-Tophia, and Steve Johnston on trumpet; Titus Vreeman and Jeffrey Hanni on euphonium; Ethan Green on tuba; Walker Wyckoff and Kelly Vandamme on bass; Joshua Knutson and Travian Lyman on percussion.

“An American Elegy: 25th Commemoration” is free to the public. Wheeler Concert Hall is located in the Music Building on the Casper College campus.

Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle

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