The Camino Trio and Andres Diaz will both perform free concerts at Legacy Hall at the RiverCenter for the Performing arts next week.
The Camino Trio
Kelly Johnson is an associate professor of clarinet at the University of Central Arkansas. She is also principal clarinetist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. She went to college with Lisa Oberlander, the clarinet professor in the Schwob School of Music, who is instrumental in bringing the trio to Columbus.
Johnson has been a soloist at several International Clarinet Conventions including the 2007 International Clarinet Convention in Vancouver, Canada, the 2005 International Clarinet Association Convention in Tokyo and the 1998 International Clarinet Association Convention in Ohio.
She also performed at the 1999 International Clarinet Association Convention in Belgium where she released her solo CD titled “Clarinet Unlimited,” which features the clarinet works of Belgian composer Norbert Goddaer. Johnson is currently working on a new CD project titled “Child’s Play: Stories, Songs and Dances” that features the works of Philip Parker, Eric Mandat, Rodney Rogers and Jim David.
Johnson received her master’s degree in music in clarinet performance from Arizona State University where she served as teaching assistant for the ASU Clarinet Studio. Selected as Outstanding Graduate Performance Student in 1994, she completed her PH.D in clarinet performance from ASU in 1999. Her former teachers include Robert Spring and Russell Coleman.
The Camino Trio, which was formed last year, also includes Drew Irwin and Gail Novak, and specialize in new music.
Cellist Andrés Díaz
Andrés parents, Manuel and Betty Anne Díaz, were both professors in the Schwob School of Music, so every now and then, Andrés would perform here.
Andrés was born in Chile, and moved with his family to Atlanta, where he continued to study cello with Martha Gerchefski, who used to be on the Schwob faculty. He graduated from the New England Conservatory.
He spent five years as associate professor of cello at Boston University and co-director of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Quartet program before resigning in 2001.
He now lives in Dallas with his wife, Julie, and sons, Peter Manuel and Gabriel Andres. He is associate professor of music at Southern Methodist University and in the Schwob School.
He plays a 1698 Matteo Goffriller cello and a bow made by his father.
Andrés’ first faculty recital in Legacy Hall will be Wednesday.
I just got an e-mail from the Capitol City Opera Co., in Atlanta, that said the Tafee Patterson has been named the new company administrator.
Tafee is no stranger to Columbus, having been on the Springer Opera House stage many times.
Since 2007, she’s been the Atlanta company’s outreach coordinator, making sure the productions reached schools and other underserved audiences.
Tafee will continue that role, but she’ll also begin scheduling, taking care of contracts, financial accounts, press and promotional activities, marketing, special events and long-range planning.
Whew! But if anyone can do it, Tafee can.
Good luck in your new job, Tafee.