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Bass clarinetist from Atlanta featured at SUNY Potsdam concert

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POTSDAM - SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music will present a concert featuring guest artist Alcides Rodriguez on clarinet at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater. The accomplished artist comes to Crane from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, where he is the bass clarinetist.

Rodriguez will be joined by Crane faculty pianist François Germain and clarinetist Julianne Kirk-Doyle. The performance will include works by Cavallini, Chausson, Mendelssohn and Kovacs.

This event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Rodriguez is currently the bass clarinetist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He received his master’s degree in music performance from Northwestern University. He studied clarinet with Russell Dagon, and at the same time, studied bass clarinet with J. Lawrie Bloom and chamber music with Larry Combs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Baylor University, where he studied with Richard Shanley. Alcides began his musical training in 1987, in the Youth Symphony Orchestra of his hometown, Guanare, Venezuela. He continued his clarinet studies at the National Conservatory of Music of Venezuela with professors Valdemar Rodríguez and Luis Rossi, respectively. While in Venezuela, he also studied with distinguished Venezuelan clarinetists such as Jorge Montilla, Daniel Granados and Carlos Mujica, as well as participating in masterclasses with such distinguished artists as Walter Boeykens, Paul Meyer, and Eddy Vanoosthuyse.

In 1995, Rodriguez was a semifinalist in the clarinet competition “Ciudad de dos Hermanas” in Seville, Spain. The following year, he won first place in the concerto competition of the American Youth Symphony Orchestra of Puerto Rico, to play the Jean Francaix’s Clarinet Concerto. In 1997, Rodriguez gave the first performance of Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto in Venezuela. He also won first place in the Baylor University 1999 Concerto Competition, first place in the instrumental division of the 2001 Young Texas Artist Music Competition, second place in the instrumental division of the 2001 Kingsville Competition, was runner-up in the 2001 Orchestral Excerpts Competition of the International Clarinet Association, and won the Northwestern University 2003 Concerto Competition. Rodriguez has also participated in various summer music festivals, including the National Repertory Orchestra and the National Orchestral Institute, both in the United States, and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.

Before coming to the United States, Alcides was the principal clarinetist with Los Llanos Symphony Orchestra from 1992 to 1998. He has performed as a soloist in Venezuela with Los Llanos Symphony Orchestra, Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho Symphony Orchestra, Guarico State Symphony Orchestra, Falcon State Symphony Orchestra, and in the United States with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, the Baylor University Symphony Orchestra, and the American Wind Symphony. Alcides Rodriguez is a Buffet Crampon USA Performing Artist and DANSR/Vandoren Performing Artist.

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