Metropolitan Opera clarinetist Anthony McGill makes debut at Concert Series

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Clarinetist Anthony McGill makes his recital debut at Memorial Chapel for the Union College Concert Series on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m.

Joined by pianist Gloria Chien, McGill begins the program with Debussy’s classic Première Rhapsodie, a selection of Scriabin Preludes, and Poulenc’s Clarinet Sonata (written for Benny Goodman). He closes the program with Schumann’s delightful Romances, Op. 94, Berg’s fleeting Four Pieces, Op. 5 and Weber’s virtuosic Grand Duo Concertant, Op. 48.

Before joining the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra as principal clarinet in 2004, McGill served as associate principal clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony. He had the honor of performing with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and Gabriela Montero at the inauguration of President Barack Obama, and again last summer with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, McGill has appeared as soloist with the symphonies of Baltimore, New Jersey and San Diego, and with the MET Orchestra in Carnegie Hall. He has also collaborated with such esteemed artists as Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Mitsuko Uchida and Lang Lang.

Since her debut at the age of 16 with the Boston Symphony, Chien has appeared as soloist under the batons of Sergiu Comissiona, Thomas Dausgaard and Keith Lockhart. An associate professor at Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.), she has been selected to join the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Two program.

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