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 Jerome Summers, Clarinet
Robert Kortgaard, Piano
8 p.m.
April 13, 2002
First United Methodist Church,
Port Huron, Michigan
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Jerome Summers has enjoyed a distinguished career as a conductor, clarinetist, composer and teacher.  As a clarinet artist, he has performed with many of Canada's major symphony orchestras as well as with internationally renowned chamber and solo performers.  Prior to joining the Performance Faculty at The University of Western Ontario, he served as clarinetist in the Vancouver Symphony, the CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, the Vancouver Opera Association, New Music Society of Vancouver, Early Music Society of Vancouver (recorders and other Renaissance Instruments), the Calgary Philharmonic, Royal Winnipeg Ballet Orchestras, National Ballet of Canada Tours, New York Joffrey Ballet (soloist), Cassenti Players of Vancouver, Cambini Wind Quintet, numerous Hollywood Sound Track recordings and commercial recordings.  More recently, he has appeared internationally with such ensembles and artists as: Purcell Quartet, Audubon Quartet, Los Angeles Camerata, oboist Alex Klein, bassoonist Charles Ullery, cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, violinists Eduard Minevich, Joseph Lanza, and pianists William Aide, Ronald Turini, Jane Hayes, Janin Flalkowska and Robert Kortgaard.  His first CD recording, Songs of the Nightingale, was released to critical acclaim in 1994.  In January of 2000, Jerome Summers gave the World Premiere performance of a newly-commissioned work by Oliver Whitehead: PISSARO LANDSCAPES for Clarinet and String Orchestra.  As well, he has commissioned a new Clarinet Concerto from Vancouver composer Michael Conway Baker.
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In addition to his full-time duties at Western, Mr. Summers appears regularly as clarinetist with Orchestra London, and has served frequently as acting principal for the orchestras in London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton, and Windsor.  He currently serves as Music Director for the International Symphony Orchestra of Sarnia and Port Huron, and the Scarborough Philharmonic in Toronto.
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