Trinity Episcopal Church presents free concert

Featuring David Shifrin, clarinet; Yevgeny Yontov, piano

David Shifrin

David Shifrin

Clarinetist David Shifrin will perform in a free concert on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Trinity Episcopal Church 651 Pequot Avenue, Southport.  

Music for Youth and Pequot Library present this youth centric concert that will include works of Rossini, Nielsen, Poulenc and Duke Ellington. Learn about the colorful history of the clarinet and it’s evolution as a chamber and orchestral instrument.  

Shifrin is one of only two wind players to have been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize since the award’s inception in 1974, and is in constant demand as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator. In addition, he has served as principal clarinetist with a number of orchestras including:  the Cleveland Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, under Stokowski; the Honolulu and Dallas Symphonies; and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra as well as the  New York Chamber Symphony.

Shifrin is sought after as a chamber musician and collaborates frequently with such distinguished ensembles and artists as the Guarneri, Tokyo, and Emerson String Quartets; Wynton Marsalis, and pianists Emanuel Ax and André Watts.  An artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1989, David Shifrin served as its artistic director from 1992 to 2004.

Shifrin joined the faculty at the Yale School of Music in 1987 and was appointed Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Yale and Yale’s annual concert series at Carnegie Hall in September 2008. He has also served on the faculties of The Juilliard School, University of Southern California, University of Michigan, Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Hawaii.

Yevgeny Yontov

Yevgeny Yontov

Finalist in the 2017 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, Yevgeny Yontov has established himself as one of the most promising Israeli pianists of his generation.  Other international top prizes include the gold medal at the Wideman International Piano Competition in Louisiana, 1st prize at the Tel-Hai International Concerto Competition in Israel, and additional prizes in competitions such as the Boesendorfer International Piano Competition in Arizona, the Olga Kern International Piano Competition in New Mexico, and the International Piano Competition in Pinerolo, Italy.

The mission of Music for Youth is to foster a love and knowledge of classical music and world music in young people through free children’s concerts and music programs in local schools, thus encouraging the study, performance, and understanding of music by youngsters of all ages and backgrounds. The purpose of the free young persons’ concerts is to engage youth in live music performances that will increase their appreciation for the arts.

The concert will be followed by a master class for advanced clarinet  students. Registration is required for participation and interested students should email [email protected] for more information.  There is a suggested donation of $35 for performing in the master class.

This concert is free for adults attending with children. Adults attending without children are asked to make a goodwill donation to help sustain future programs. Doors will open at 1:45 p.m.

For more information, visit or email [email protected]

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