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Clarinet icon Rocco Parisi to perform at SHSU

Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor

Published: Monday, January 27, 2014

Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 11:01

World-renowned clarinetist Rocco Parisi will perform compositions featuring the classic works of Franz Schubert, Claude Debussy, Giuseppe Verdi and Francois Borne Thursday at the James and Nancy Gaertner Performance Art Center.

The performance is the School of Music’s expanded music concert series with diverse musical acts including international performers.

According to music education major Paul Fletes, Parisi brings a unique style and approach to traditionally classical pieces. Fletes said Parisi adds to the diversity of the music department because of his international footprint.

“He is well known and because [SHSU] is a small school we are very fortunate to have him perform,” Fletes said. “A lot of students are excited.”

Parisi was recently featured in the School of Music’s electronic newsletter as a premier event for students to attend.  

“One of the neat things about the school of music is that they have networked with artists across the globe, and students don’t have to go anywhere to be exposed to this worldly culture,” PAC marketing coordinator Emily Binetti said.

Parisi studied at the Rotterdam Conservatorium in Holland and has won several international music competitions. Parisi was also invited by the International Clarinet Association to play music and teach classes at world clarinet conventions in New Orleans, Stockholm, Sweden, Salt Lake City, Austin and Los Angeles.

Students, faculty, staff and the Huntsville community are welcome to attend the concert in the Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available online or at the box office for $12-15 and $5 for students.

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