Recital features clarinet and piano

Al Caldrone

Al Caldrone

Dana School of Music faculty member Alice Wang, clarinet, and guest artist Naoki Hakutani, piano, perform a recital 8 p.m. Monday, March 25, in Bliss Recital Hall on the campus of Youngstown State University.

The concert will be a tribute to long-time local musician Albert “Al” Caldrone, who died in 2011 and for whom a scholarship has been named at the Dana School of Music. “Al Caldrone had a long history with the Dana School of Music; he loved music and inspired many students to great success,” said Michael Crist, Dana director. “Performing a tribute recital in Al’s honor is our pleasure.”

Wang and Hakutani will perform a repertoire including Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Bernstein and The Cape Cod Files for Clarinet and Pian, by D’Rivera, among other selections.

The recital is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the M1 Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee.

In addition, Hakutani will be featured in a Master Class at 2 p.m. Friday, March 22 in Bliss Recital Hall. The class is free and open to the public. Participants may park in the Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee.

Naoki Hakutani

Naoki Hakutani

Hakutani is currently an assistant professor of piano at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Hakutani is very active as a solo pianist having performed at Weil Recital Hall, Youngsan Art Hall (with Korean Sinfonietta), Seoul National University of Education and Ouachita Baptist University, among others. As a collaborative pianist, he has performed with Arianna String Quartet and Quartet X as well as with such artists as violinist Leor Maltinski and flutist Christina Smith. He also makes frequent joint appearances with his wife, Jaeyeon Park and with Collage Piano where they recently performed in Mozart Hall in Seoul in a concert supported by the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. Originally from Kent, Ohio, Hakutani holds degrees in piano performance from Northwestern University, Indiana University at Bloomington and the University of Texas at Austin.

Wang is assistant professor of clarinet at the Dana School of Music. She has been a featured soloist with the Ohio District V Honor Band, the W.D. Packard Concert Band, and recorded composer David Morgan’s Reflections and Meditations with the YSU Wind Ensemble. Wang conducted the Dana Clarinet Ensemble in a full concert performance in the 2011 Ohio Music Education Association Conference and this February performed composer Frank Ticheli’s Concerto for Clarinet with the YSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble in Columbus. In 2012, Dr. Wang, together with soprano Misook Yun and pianist Sophié van der Westhuizen, won the Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Competition and were featured in its recital series at Carnegie Mellon University. Wang is a member of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and frequently performs with the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, the Opera Western Reserve and the Canton Symphony Orchestra. Wang completed her doctorate of Musical Arts in Clarinet at the University of Texas at Austin

Additional information about the Caldrone endowed scholarship, for which Dana School of Music students pursuing careers in music and music education are eligible, is available by contacting Catherine Cala at cacala@ysu.edu.

Caldrone, who died at the age of 97, was born in Italy in 1914 and was so proficient on the clarinet that he began touring with a concert band at the age of seven. In 1927, his family immigrated to Youngstown, Ohio.  After graduating from East High School, he played clarinet, saxophone and flute for a variety of area bands. In the 1950s, he served as principal clarinetist with the Youngstown Symphony, the Warren Chamber Orchestra and the Warren Packard Band. Throughout his career, Caldrone shared the stage with several acclaimed musicians, including Benny Goodman, Lee Castle, Artie Shaw and Perry Como. As a teacher of the clarinet at the Dana School of Music, many of his students went on to successful musical careers.