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Distinguished Artist At Willamette University

Anita KingThe Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series presents clarinetist David Shifrin with Anita King, pianist, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2003, at 8 p.m. in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center at Willamette University.

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A free master class is also scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. in Hudson Hall in the Rogers Music Center.

The program, which marks the 20th anniversary season of the Distinguished Artist Series, includes works by Poulenc, Stravinsky, Debussy, Schumann and Brahms.

Much in demand as an orchestral soloist, David Shifrin has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Milwaukee, Dallas, Houston, Denver, Calgary and Honolulu symphonies, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the New York Chamber Symphony.

During the 1991-92 season, a new work for clarinet by Stephen Albert was premiered by Shifrin with the Philadelphia Orchestra. A frequent guest at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, his recording of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto on the basset clarinet with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra received a 1987 Stereo Review Record of the Year Award.

Shifrin's solo recitals include appearances at Lincoln Center and the 92nd Street "Y" in New York and at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. A highly acclaimed chamber musician, he is the artistic director of the Chamber Society at Lincoln Center and collaborates frequently with the world's leading chamber ensembles. He also serves as music director of Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Ore., and is a professor of music at Yale University.

In 1987, Shifrin received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, an award given to outstanding American artists. His most recent recording was the Copland Clarinet concerto on Angel/EMI, which received a Grammy nomination.

Pianist Anita King has appeared as soloist with orchestras nationwide and as chamber musician collaborating with such renowned artists as clarinetist David Shifrin, cellist Fred Sherry, the Ridge String Quartet and pianist Charles Wadsworth.

As winners of the U.S. Information Agency "Artistic Ambassador" competition, King, with her colleagues Daniel Rouslin and Bruce McIntosh in Trio Northwest, performed a 23-concert tour in South America in 1989.

King has performed at the Oregon Coast Music Festival, on the Second City Chamber Series in Tacoma, and was piano soloist in the Berg Chamber Concerto with the Contemporary Music Ensemble at Pacific Lutheran University.

She has collaborated with numerous singers, including Barbara Pearson, Susan Narucki, Nancy Zylstra and Kym Amps with whom she performed a recital and radio broadcast from the Los Angeles County Museum in 1998. King is on the faculty of Willamette University.

01-06-2003