Reed, Jones to present program of classical works Feb. 17 at AU’s Pastor Recital Hall

02/06/2020 ASHLAND, Ohio -- The Ashland University Department of Music announces a concert featuring Professor of Music Dr. Thomas Reed on clarinet and guest artist and Ashland native Kevin Jones on piano. The free, public concert will be held Monday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall in the Center for the Arts.

For his 35th consecutive annual faculty concert at AU, Reed and Jones will perform a program of classical pieces, including Cantilene by Louis Cahuzac, Gordon Jacob's four-movement arrangement of Tartini's Concertino, and Paquito D'Rivera's Two Pieces for Clarinet and Piano. After an intermission, they will return to the stage for Carl Maria von Weber's Grand Duo Concertante, Op. 48.

Reed is a professor of music and chair of the departments of music and theatre at Ashland University, where he has taught since 1986 in a number of areas including applied woodwinds, music theory and jazz studies. He is a member of the Akron and Ashland symphony orchestras, was a long-time member of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and has performed on clarinet or saxophone with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Blossom Festival Orchestra, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Youngstown Symphony, Blossom Festival Band and the Jazz Unit. He has been a soloist with the Akron, Mansfield and Ashland symphony orchestras and performs on CDs from the Akron Symphony, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and the Paul Ferguson Jazz Orchestra.

Reed’s clarinet CD “Mutually Inclusive” was released in 2008 on Capstone Records. He is also a founding member of Iron Toys, a woodwind quartet that performs an original repertoire for saxophones, clarinets and flutes. The quartet released its first CD in 2015.

He holds degrees from The Ohio State University, the University of Michigan and The University of Akron.

Jones began formal musical training at the age of 4. After preparatory and high school musical training in Ashland with Judith Thomas and John Gilbert, he attended Southern Methodist University and completed his undergraduate degree at Ashland College, studying organ with Karel Paukert and piano with Elizabeth Pastor. Jones went on to earn graduate degrees in collaborative piano and in organ performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Pastor, Karel Paukert, Anne Epperson, Thomas Muraco and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein.

From 1996 to 2004, Jones held the post of musical director/conductor of the New York City-based Gilbert & Sullivan ensemble, the Blue Hill Troupe Ltd. With that ensemble, he made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut as guest with Skitch Henderson’s New York Pops Symphony Orchestra. Along with U.S. performances at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Oberlin College, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and many other sites, he has performed throughout Europe and the Far East, including a recent performance in the Pipes at One series at St. Paul’s Chapel in New York City.

From 2007 to 2012, Jones was canon precentor and director of music at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford, Connecticut, as well as being a member of the vocal division faculty
at the Hartt School. Since 2013, Jones has been minister of music at First Congregational Church in Columbus, where he oversees a music program of four choirs and the longstanding concert series, Concerts at First Church.

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Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.eduvalues 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.###