The UA Clarinet Quartet features (from left) Daniel Beck, DaJuan Brooks, Natalie Groom and Professor Jerry Kirkbride.
The UA Clarinet Quartet features (from left) Daniel Beck, DaJuan Brooks, Natalie Groom and Professor Jerry Kirkbride.

No greater compliment can be granted a musician or musical group than a return engagement, and that is exactly what the UA Clarinet Quartet will receive on Tuesday (Feb. 25) at the Arizona Senior Academy.

The concert will begin at 11:30 in the Great Room in the Academy building.  The program will include Debussy’s “Arabesque I & II, “Divertimento for Clarinet Quartet” by Alfred Uhl and the popular “Histoire du Tango” by Astor Piazzolla.

The Quartet is made up of Jerry Kirkbride, professor of clarinet in the UA School of Music, and three of his outstanding students, one from each of the academic levels – undergraduate, master’s and doctoral.  They are Daniel Beck, DMA candidate; Natalie Groom, MM candidate; and DaJuan Brooks, undergraduate senior.  The group was formed by Professor Kirkbride two years ago and has performed many concerts including an appearance at the Arizona Senior Academy last year.

“Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach,” the academic put-down often attributed to Irish poet, playwright and critic George Bernard Shaw, certainly does not describe Prof. Kirkbride.  He is considered to be one of the best American clarinetists.

He graduated from the University of Southern California and went on to become principal clarinetist with the Metropolitan Opera National Company.  He was a Creative Associate at the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Kirkbride has performed in numerous chamber music concerts and freelanced extensively in New York City for many years.  He was principal clarinetist of the Brooklyn Philharmonic for six years.  In 1970 he joined the Dorian Wind Quartet and has toured the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe extensively as well as India, Pakistan and the Middle East.  He was principal clarinetist with the Arizona Opera from 1989 to 1998.

Submitted by Donald J. Behnke, Academy Village Volunteer

UA Clarinet Quartet Returns to ASA: Feb. 2014
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