'Lively' Clarinetist Performing Guest Artist Recital at Ashland University

3/23/11 ASHLAND, OH -- The Department of Music at Ashland University presents a guest artist recital on Sunday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall featuring "lively" clarinetist Alice Wang with pianist Nancy DeSalvo. The performance is free and open to the public.

Concert selections include Italian composer Luigi Bassi's most notable operatic fantasy "Fantasia da Concerto su motivi del 'Rigoletto' d Giuseppe Verdi; Hungarian composer Leo Weiner's "Peregi Verbunk, Op. 40" offering a mental picture of a gypsy fiddler giving her all to entertain the audience; French composer Charles-Marie Widor's "Introduction et Rondo Pour Clarinette et Piano, Op. 72"; and concluding with "Grand Duo Concertant, Op. 48" by German composer Carl Maria von Weber.
With a career including solo and chamber music collaborations in North America, Europe and Asia, Wang's clarinet performances have been described as "lively, assuring" and "incredible [with] fast and intricate finger work."

Since her appointment as assistant professor of clarinet for the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University in 2007, Wang 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 Youngstown State University Wind Ensemble.

Wang is the principal clarinetist with the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, the Opera Western Reserve and a member of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra.  In 2007,  she completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Clarinet at the University of Texas at Austin with Professor Richard MacDowell.  She has also studied with Yehuda Gilad and Mitchell Lurie at the University of Southern California, as well as Sir Walter Boeykens at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Antwerpe, Belgium and Hermann Stefansson of the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Sweden.

DeSalvo is an associate professor of music at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., where she teaches piano, accompanying and music theory, and where she performs solo recitals and accompanies visiting guest artists. DeSalvo, a Steinway artist, performs extensively across the United States as a professional accompanying pianist and chamber music collaborator. Guest solo appearances have included performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. She received her terminal degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a major in Collaborative Piano, where she studied with Anne Epperson.

She and baritone Jason Fuh captured First Prize for their performance of the "Four Claudel Poems" in the Darius Milhaud Performance Auditions held at the Cleveland Institute of Music. The CIM Collaborative Piano Faculty named her a 1997 recipient of the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Award, given at the discretion of the faculty to a Collaborative Piano Major, with a special aptitude for vocal accompanying, who exemplifies the important dual role of the profession - - that of support, service and cooperation, balanced with professional skill and high standards of performance.

For more information about the recital, visit the website at www.ashland.edu/music<http://www.ashland.edu/music> or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu<mailto:tapplega@ashland.edu>.

Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.