NEW in October 2011:
- Caribbean Clarinet Quintets at ClarinetFest 2011 — see Performing
- PRSO season will has started up! — see Upcoming Events
- I'm back teaching at the CMPR — see Teaching
- Mr. Nice Guy Award — see Scrapbook
- Chapter 12 of My Story: Puerto Rico, Year Five, 1979-80 — see Writings
Welcome to my website, www.kklarinet.com!
I am the principal clarinetist of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra (Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico), and retired from the clarinet professorship at the Conservatory of Music of PR (Conservatorio de Música de PR) in September 2009. I have played solos, chamber music and orchestral concerts in Casals Festivals. I have premiered dozens of works by local and international composers, especially during my 27 years in Camerata Caribe, a flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and piano group in residence at the CMPR.
I have recordings available: Caribe Clarinete, the Voxman Selected Studies, and others. (see recordings.)
I came to Puerto Rico for a one-year job back in 1975, and am still here. It has been a long year! My "year" has been so full of opportunities, challenges, learning and blessings that I think at some point I just may write a book, but for the moment, enjoy your seat under this beautiful flamboyan (flamboyant tree) and I invite you to share some of my world.
October 15, 2011: PRSO 3rd subscription concert, in Sala Sinfónica, with Maximiano Valdés conducting, Elmar Oliveira, soloist, and the Orfeón San Juan Bautista Choir: Revueltas, Redes; Korngold, Violin Concerto; Fauré, Pelleas et Mellisande; and Debussy’s Nocturnes. 8:00 p.m.
October 22, 2011: PRSO 4th subscription concert—Gala de ¡ZARZUELAS! Sala Sinfónica, Maestro Valdés conducting; 8 p.m.
October 23, 2011: Borikén Clarinet Ensemble in concert at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, Sala Sanromá, Hato Rey, 4 p.m. Elizabeth Cintrón, Emmanuel Díaz, Cristina Rodríguez, Carmen Collazo, and Luis Flores, clarinets, with Kathleen Jones guest artist.
November 5, 2011: PRSO 5th subscription concert, in Sala Sinfónica, with Roselín Pabón conducting, Elisa Torres and Josué Casillas, soloists; Mozart’s sublime Flute and Harp Concerto, and Tchaikowsky’s 6th.
November 6, 2011: Asociación Suzuki de Violin de Puerto Rico, annual concert; Carolina’s Theater in the Escuela de Bellas Artes; Susan Ashby’s students in their always amazing annual presentation; free admission.
November 10, 2011: Pro Arte Musical opens its 2011-12 season with the guitar brothers, the Duo Assad; Sala Sinfónica, 8 p.m.
November 12, 2011: PRSO opera concert with the fabulous soprano Ana María Martínez.
November 18 and 20, 2011: PRSO in the pit for Madame Butterfly
November 26, 2011: PRSO, Nuestros Músicos concert, in Sala Sinfónica, with Maximiano Valdés conducting, Francisco Cabán, soloist, in Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto; also Tchaikowsky’s 1st Symphony.
December 2, 2011: master class with clarinetist David Carter, Conservatorio de Música de PR; 10:30 a.m.
December 2, 2011: Pro Arte presents Gabriela Montero, Sala Sinfónica, 8 p.m.
December 3, 2011: PRSO at the UPR Theater in the Iberoamericano Arts Festival; Rafael Enrique Irizarry conducting; 8 p.m.
December 10, 2011: PRSO 6th subscription concert with guest conductor JoAnn Falleta and violinist Michael Ludwig; Leonora Overture #3; Lalo’s Sinfonía Española, and a suite from Prokofiev’s ballet Cinderella.
In 2012, the PRSO season will include the Krommer Concerto for Two Clarinets on January 21st (date was changed from October 1st, 2011) with Kathleen Jones and Emmanuel Díaz as soloists in the new series, Nuestros Músicos, which showcases soloists from the orchestra. Stay tuned!!
We hope soon to announce a date for the twice postponed Mitchell Lurie Tribute concert at the UPR Theater.
Contact me for more information about these events.
August 5, 2011: ClarinetFest 2011 at CalState Northridge, Kathleen Jones and the Formalist String Quartet performed Caribbean Clarinet Quintets. See Performing.
August 20, 25 and September 1st: PRSO starts 2011-12 season with concerts in the Festival Interamericano, including works of Phillip Glass, John Adams, Carlos Carrillo, Revueltas and Piazzolla, with soloists including violinist Borok, guitarist Orlandini, and bandoneonista Binelli.
September 18: the subscription season started (delayed by Hurricane Irene and the death of our music director’s father in Chile) with the Faure Requiem and Copland’s Third Symphony.
September 24: PRSO’s 2nd subscription concert featuring Liszt’s Faust Symphony
October 1: the first of the new series “Nuestros Músicos” featuring Ramon Negron, viola and José Garcia, double bass in works by Hummel and Dittersdorf; Rafael Enrique Irizarry conducted also Mozart’s 29th Symphony and Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances, with choir.