continued Penned by British radio producer Luke Whitlock, the tune “Silverwood” was commissioned by the ensemble and now serves as a perfect calling card for the band, a lively introduction to each of its 12 musicians.
As such, “Silverwood” sounds more like a friendly conversation than a cerebral exercise in music theory. Its rippling rhythms give way to declaratory hellos, celebratory huzzahs and a few good-natured chuckles all punctuated by startling stop times.
As the cheerful melody unfolds, each of the clarinets — from the wailing E♭ sopranino to the roaring contrabass — makes a statement attesting to the musicians’ individual talent and enthusiasm.
“Whitlock’s composition is very light, very clever,” says SCC conductor Pam Mastrobattisto. “It does a good job of showing off every one of us.” It also demonstrates an astonishing team spirit that lifts SCC head and shoulders above your run-of-the-mill chamber group.
You can hear it for yourself when the clarinet combo performs at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., in Fayetteville. Admission is free; fflib.org.
Besides Mason and Spinella, the group’s members include founders Ken and Kathy Freer, along with clarinetists Holly Bossert (who lives in nearby Raddison), Melanie Bulawa, Doug DiGennaro, Paul DiPastena, Terryann Gerber, Therese Matteson, Wally Merriam and Terri Tallman.
“Sunday’s concert will inspire our audience’s imagination,” said Kathy Freer. “They’ll experience a variety of musical styles, and they’ll enjoy seeing and hearing seven different members of the clarinet family. The music will bring forth memories and stir their emotions.”