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Acclaimed clarinetist to perform at ASU

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The Albany State University Fine Arts Department and Lyceum Performance Series will present the recital of internationally acclaimed clarinetist Dr. Frank Kowalsky at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the ACAD Auditorium.

Kowalsky will be joined in the performance by ASU faculty member Mimi Noda on the piano. There is no admission charge for the performance.

On Friday, Feb. 19, Kowalsky will conduct a master class for ASU music majors and area woodwind students. Performers for the master class will be selected by audition.

"Dr. Kowalsky's performance and master class are going to be marvelous opportunities for our instrumental students, clarinetists in particular, and any and all music students throughout Dougherty County who accept ASU's invitation to attend," said Dr. Leroy Bynum, dean of the ASU College of Arts and Humanities. "To have an internationally renowned artist of this caliber perform for our campus community and the community at large is going to be thrilling in and of itself. To have him return the next day to work with our students and answer questions about his own professional walk, as well as give advice born of years of experience, will no doubt prove extremely beneficial for all, and perhaps even life-changing for some."

The Joseph A. White Professor of Clarinet at Florida State University, Kowalsky has performed as principal clarinetist with orchestras across the U.S., including the Naples Philharmonic, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and Northwood Orchestra. He has been a member of the United States Marine Band, the Colorado Philharmonic, the Rochester Philharmonic and Music at Gretna.

Kowalsky recently toured England as a guest soloist with the Florida State Winds. He also participated in a tour of several nations as part of the Trio Con Brio. He serves as music director of the Tallahassee Ballet's annual production, Evening of Music and Dance, and appears regularly at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival.

Kowalsky has been a professor of clarinet at Florida State University since 1984. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music and the Catholic University of America.

For more information about the recital or the master class, please contact the ASU Fine Arts Department at (229) 430-4849.