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Silverwood Clarinet Choir will stir imaginations Sunday at FFL

— “If you Google ‘Silverwood Clarinet Choir,’ you’ll see we have great Internet coverage,” says Ken Freer. He’s right. The ensemble is on Facebook, LinkedIn, has its own site at silverwoodclarinet.com, and YouTube features more than three dozen videos of SCC performances.

The SCC stands proudly among the best clarinet choirs in the world, groups such as Toronto’s Wychwood Clarinet Choir, Los Angeles Clarinet Choir, Rochester’s New Horizon's Clarinet Choir and England’s South Wales Clarinet Choir.

Sunday’s “Imagination” concert will feature two Eb sopranino clarinets, ten B♭ clarinets, alto clarinet, two bass clarinets, contra-alto clarinet, contrabass clarinet, a basset horn and percussion.

The choir’s members include the Freers from Manlius, Fayetteville opthamologist Wally Merriam and Fayetteville-Manlius Middle School teacher Terri Tallman. The other clarinetistsare Holly Bossert (Baldwinsville), Melanie Bulawa (DeWitt), Paul DiPastena (North Syracuse), Terryann Gerber (Brewerton), Anthony Greene (Jamesville-DeWitt), Lisa Grethel (Pennellville), Genevieve Pandori (Syracuse) and Linda Spinella (Liverpool). Doug DiGennaro, who lives in Chittenango, plays percussion.

Last summer at the Marcellus Free Library, the SCC presented the world premiere of Luke Whitlock’s “Clari’s Day Out,” an upbeat piece celebrating the joy of train-tripping across the British countryside. And this year, they’re leading off with Whitlock’s “Silverwood,” a delightful dialogue between an entire family of clarinets.

On Sunday the clarinet combo will also perform the American folk song “Shenandoah” along with some ragtime, blues, jazz, klezmer and classical pieces by composers such as Antonio Vivaldi and Pyotr Tchaikovsky. World premieres are becoming routine for the SCC. Sunday the ensemble will stage the first-ever performance of the “Celtic March Suite for Clarinet Choir” by former Central New York resident Dan Britten.

“The 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.”

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