Johnstonbaugh’s Music Centers, in cooperation with Conn-Selmer, is pleased to present a masterclass by Julian Bliss.
Clarinetist Julian Bliss will lead a master class for Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne University students. The master class will consist of Mr. Bliss playing, a Q & A session and 4-6 coaching sessions with pre-selected students. This master class is free and open to the public. Click here for more information
Julian Bliss- Clarinet
Firmly established on the international concert scene Julian Bliss has already appeared as soloist with a number of important orchestras including the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, NHK Symphony, Munich Chamber, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony and the Bergen Philharmonic.
In recital Julian has appeared at such prestigious venues as the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, the Louvre in Paris, Montpellier Festival, Jerusalem Music Festival, Bad Kissingen, Rheingau and Mecklenburg Festivals, where he was awarded the audience prize and is now a regular guest. His debut recital at the Lincoln Center in New York was a great success.
As a prolific chamber musician, Julian has collaborated with artists such as Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Misha Maisky, Steven Kovacevich, Elena Bashkirova, Julian Rachlin, Simon Trpceski and Helen Grimaud.
This season saw the launch of ‘Julian Bliss and the King of Swing – the Benny Goodman Legacy’; a project focusing on the musical life and times of the legendary clarinetist Benny Goodman. Julian formed his group of seven musicians at the beginning of the year and has already taken the project to festivals in the UK and Europe including the Concertgebouw and the Newbury and Ryedale Festivals. The group has recently recorded the programme which will be released in April 2012.
This season also saw Julian collaborate with the Grammy award winning Soprano Hila Plitmann. Their first CD is an album exploring Hebrew and Jewish music with pianist Christopher Glynn.
Julian’s recordings for EMI have been greeted with critical acclaim and of his record with Sabine Meyer as recording partner Gramophone magazine said “Spohr Clarinet Concerto no.2 in C minor, colourfully played by Julian Bliss, is full of instrumental invention, pitting the clarinet against some highly original effects and so requiring much care in balance as well as finger dexterity.”
Julian has appeared on International television on numerous occasions; at the Queen’s 80th Birthday at the BBC Proms in front of a live audience and a television audience around the world in forty countries, in a three-part documentary about his life for Channel 4 entitled ‘Gifted’, and he was among the distinguished artists invited to perform at the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations at Buckingham Palace on 1 June 2002.
Since 2007 Julian has enjoyed a collaboration with the musical instrument manufacturer Conn-Selmer. In partnership with Leblanc, Julian designed the BLISS range of clarinets which was launched worldwide in 2008. For more information about Julian and the BLISS clarinets visit www.Julianbliss.com
On the 18th and 19th following the masterclass at Carnegie Mellon University, Julian Bliss be visiting local middle and high schools to conduct masterclasses and demonstrations. Appearances will be to Hampton, Franklin Regional, Upper St. Clair, Mount Lebanon, and South Fayette school districts.
Johnstonbaugh’s Music Centers will be holding its second annual Ensemble Camp Concert at 7:00 PM on Saturday, July 27th at the Bridgeville Public Library. The concert will feature the Brass Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Ryan Wolf. More than forty elementary, middle, and high school musicians from Chartiers Valley, South Fayette, Mt. Lebanon, Canon-McMillan, Carlynton, Upper St. Clair, West Allegheny, Keystone Oaks, West Jefferson Hills, and St. Thomas More will be performing.
The Brass Ensemble will be presenting Brass Camp: Los Bronces Latinos, highlighting some of the greatest traditional and popular Latin music utilizing trumpets, trombones, French horns, flugelhorns, baritones, and tubas. Some of the musical selections include music from The Mask of Zorro, hits by Carlos Santana, Latin selections from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story and Chick Correa’s exciting Latin jazz fusion piece, “La Fiesta.” The group is under the direction of Mr. Ryan Wolf, Trumpet Instructor at Johnstonbaugh’s Music Centers and High Brass Instructor at Thomas Jefferson High School. Assistant director for the group is Mr. Brad Snyder, Music Education major at Penn State University. The concert will feature guest soloist Mr. Todd Obidowski, director of bands at Carlynton Jr./Sr. High School.
Sunday, August 21st 2011 is our Bridgeville store's Rock Band Camp and Rock Your Strings Camp Concert. Come show your support and enjoy the show.
Concert starts at 6:00PM at Peter's Place at 1199 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017.
Rock Band Camp Videos
Did you miss the 2011 Rock Band Camp Concert? Were you there and just want to experience it again? Well, the videos from the concert are now online! You can find them posted on our blog and on our Youtube channel.
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Emergency Entrance Concert Videos
Congratulations to Emergency Entrance who played a concert in front of an audience of over 100 people.
Matt Bradley, Dave Felen, and Eric Milburn make up the band and were backed up by Johnstonbaugh's instructor Ryan Kantner on drums.