ATU to Host 2020 Arkansas Clarinet Day Monday

Steven Cohen

A recital and master class by Steve Cohen will be among the highlights of 2020 Arkansas Clarinet Day, which will be hosted by Arkansas Tech University Monday, Jan. 27.

Cohen, associate professor in the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, is the former principal clarinet and frequent soloist with the New Orleans Symphony, later known as the Louisiana Philharmonic. He joined the New Orleans Symphony in 1975 and remained as principal clarinet with its successor, the Louisiana Philharmonic, through May 2004.

He has also been featured as concerto soloist at the Brevard Music Center, where he has been the principal clarinet since 1979, and he has performed solo recitals and offered master classes in the United States, Canada, Europe, Korea, China, Taiwan, Bangkok and Japan.

Cohen’s recital is planned for 2 p.m. All 2020 Arkansas Clarinet Day activities will take place at Witherspoon Hall, 407 West Q Street in Russellville.

Clarinetists ranging from middle school to college students will participate in the day-long event, which will include multiple performances. A group of student clarinetists from ATU will perform at 10 a.m.

Classes will be taught by clinicians such as Dr. Steven Becraft from Henderson State University, Dr. Nophachai Cholthitchanta from the University of Arkansas, Dr. Andrew DeBoer from the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, Dr. Nicolas del Grazia from Arkansas Tech University and Dr. Kelly Johnson from the University of Central Arkansas.

Visit or call (479) 968-0368 for more information.