Clarinetist’s legacy lives on at BGSU Renowned clarinetist and Eastman School of Music professor Stanley Hasty saw greatness in BGSU’s College of Musical Arts. Hasty had presented master classes at Bowling Green in 2001 and 2008 and he chose to leave a collection of materials, music and instruments to Kevin Schempf, his former student who is sharing his version of a Hasty education with clarinet students at BGSU.
“Mr. Hasty was aware that our College of Musical Arts and its faculty are known for turning out great graduates and professionals,” Schempf said about Hasty’s connection to BGSU. “He loved to teach, and he knew that teaching our students is what we do best here.”
Hasty was a masterful teacher and he demanded the very best from his students, Schempf said. “He had a unique gift for making the music understandable and sound beautiful by breaking down the mystery of music into simple principles.“
While Hasty was arguably one of the best clarinet teachers of the 20th century, he also was a man of few words, Schempf recalled. “He didn’t teach us to be like him, but he would first teach us to read and perform music in his way and then help us find a way to make it our own,” he added.
And making music his own is what Schempf has done following his Eastman education with Hasty. Schempf has performed nationally and internationally; he serves as solo clarinetist with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. However, much like his Eastman mentor, Schempf has discovered his real passion is teaching. He has been teaching clarinet at BGSU for 13 years and loves the opportunity to work with talented young musicians.
It is that strong commitment to teaching that most likely contributed to Schempf and BGSU being gifted the collection. “I am honored to have the collection in my possession,” he said, because admittedly it could have gone to any number of other Hasty protégés who have had acclaimed careers. He believes it was because Hasty knew “BG is one of those schools where faculty and students are part of a melting pot with a significant amount of diversity and a passion for excellence,” Schempf said. Hasty also didn’t want the collection to be about him, so BGSU’s College of Musical Arts, where education is at the core of the curriculum, seemed to be a good fit.
The collection includes one or two boxes of Hasty’s personal scores, three volumes of hand-written orchestral books, the cane and equipment he used to craft clarinet reeds, an untold number of recordings of his and his students, and his prized clarinets. As humble and private as Hasty was, Schempf wants to make sure his greatness is not forgotten. The recordings and scanned copies of the music scores will be shared with the BGSU Music and Sound Recordings Archives in the William T. Jerome Library. Eventually, Schempf will hand off the actual scores and the clarinets to the next generation of great clarinetists whose lives were forever changed because of the impact of his great clarinet professor.
Week of arts, lectures In Brief
Bowling Green Opera Theater presents “Hercules” this week, and Dr. Ron Shields, the director and chair of the theatre and film department, will discuss his adaptation of Handel’s oratorio into a contemporary opera. Famed architect Thomas Christoffersen talks about his firm’s design and philosophy, and Andy Goodman, noted author and public speaker, gives the Ned E. Baker Lecture in Public Health. It’s all In Brief.
The ensemble is an appropriate choice to close out this season’s Festival Series, which has been themed “Exploring New Limits.” Alarm Will Sound is devoted to playing a range of challenging music, from the very modern to the pop-influenced.
The 20-member ensemble — in some ways more like a small orchestra — is one of the first classical groups to play certain pieces from memory and to move about the stage, breaking the bounds of the traditional, seated crescent arrayed around the conductor.
The versatility of Alarm Will Sound allows it to take on music from a wide variety of styles. Its repertoire ranges from European to American works, from the arch-modernist to the pop-influenced. The BGSU program will include works by electronica composer Aphex Twin, John Adams, John Cage, and John Orfe’s “Dowland Remix,” which the group has performed in Berlin to critical acclaim.
Alarm Will Sound’s BGSU residency is in partnership with the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music and, in addition to the concert, will include an open rehearsal, readings of works by student composers, and a question-and-answer session.
Member Alan Pierson will be at the free, pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall prior to the Festival Series performance to discuss the program. In addition, the 2012-13 Festival Series lineup will be announced that evening.
Group tickets are available. BGSU students can take a canned good to the Student Union for a ticket to the concert, courtesy of the Office of Student Affairs. For tickets, call the Moore Center box office at 2-8171 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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