Daniel & Meily crop 3The Arizona Senior Academy’s weekly mid-day concert Tuesday (4/9) will feature a talented pair of graduate students from the University of Arizona performing on clarinet and piano.  The program begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Room of the ASA Building.

Daniel Becker, a teaching assistant for the UA Clarinet Studio, is pursuing a Master of Music Degree in clarinet performance, studying under Prof. Jerry Kirkbride.  Accompanying him will be Meily Mendez, a Doctor of Musical Arts student in the UA College of Music, who held a teaching assistantship from 2007 to 2012. She is studying under Prof. John Milbauer.

The concert will open with “Duo for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 15,” a selection in early romantic style by German composer Norbert Burgmiller.  Becker and Mendez will then perform a neo-classical piece, “Concertino for Clarinet and Piano,” by Jeanine Rueff, a 20th Century French composer.  They will conclude with “Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 128,” a number in neo-romantic style by Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Becker received Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Education and Wind Performance from Central Washington University and performed for five seasons with the Yakima (Wash.) Symphony Orchestra, including two seasons as principal clarinetist.

Mendez received a B.A. in Music and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Washington and her Master’s of Music in Piano Performance from UA .  Currently serving as a substitute piano instructor at UA, she has performed at various venues, including the Leo Rich Theater Performance Hall, the Stevie Eller Theater and the Brechemin Hall.

Submitted by H. Deon Holt, ASA Volunteer

Clarinet & Piano Duo: April 2013