Ashley Knecht will play works by Robert Schumann, Miklós Rózsa, Pierre Gabaye and Aaron Copland during her performance at the Arizona Senior Academy on Tuesday.
The clarinet, that prominent member of the woodwind section of orchestras and bands throughout the world, will be the featured instrument when the young musician appears for a lunchtime concert.
The instrument, which has been around for nearly 300 years, is the well-known “licorice stick” that Benny Goodman and others made popular during the Jazz Era of the 1930s and ’40s and remains a respected solo, ensemble and orchestral musical instrument.
Knecht has joined the 36,932 other students at the University of Arizona where she is a graduate student of Professor Jerry Kirkbride. UA students hail from every state in the union and from 122 foreign countries, but Knecht is one of the very few who can claim roots in Pelican Rapids, Minn. After receiving her public school education there, Knecht went on to study instrumental music education at Minnesota State University in Moorhead. There she was principal clarinetist with the University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. She is now working on her master’s degree in Clarinet Performance at the University of Arizona.
Knecht’s program next week features works by Robert Schumann, the “Sonatina for Clarinet” by Miklós Rózsa, the “Sonatine” by Pierre Gabaye and Aaron Copland’s “Clarinet Concerto.” She will be accompanied on the piano by Woan Ching Lim.
Submitted by Donald J. Behnke, Academy Village Volunteer