Allen Kofsky

Clint Needham

Concert with Six Cleveland Orchestra Solosits Pays Tribute to 52-Year Tenure

The Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music presents its Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a concert celebrating the enduring teaching career of trombone faculty member and former Cleveland Orchestra member Allen Kofsky.

The concert, conducted by Dwight Oltman, will take place on Wednesday, March 14, at 8 p.m. at the Kulas Musical Arts Building, 96 Front St., Berea. Kofsky; a retired Cleveland Orchestra member, will retire from teaching at BW in May. The concert is free and open to the public and a reception to honor Kofsky will follow.

In honor of Kofsky, the concert will include many of his BW faculty and Cleveland Orchestra colleagues as soloists including: Jeffrey Rathbun, oboe; Daniel McKelway, clarinet; Jonathan Sherwin, bassoon; Jesse McCormick, horn; Henry Peyrebrune, double bass; and Jack Sutte, trumpet.

World Premiere and "Meet the Composer" Pre-Concert Talk

The concert's musical highlight will be the world premiere of Clint Needham’s New Work for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble. Needham, a 2004 BW graduate, has received numerous commissions and awards including the 2011 International Barlow Prize. Needham will lead a free “Meet the Composer” pre-concert talk beginning at 7 p.m. The concert will also feature Mozart’s Serenade No. 10, K. 361 and Copland’s “Suite” from The Red Pony.

Kofsky's Long Musical Career Included 39 Years With the Cleveland Orchestra

Allen Kofsky was appointed lecturer in Trombone and Euphonium at BW in 1960 and helped establish the BW faculty brass quintet. In 1961, he was appointed Assistant Principal Trombone, Euphonium and Bass Trumpet by George Szell.  Kofsky retired from the Cleveland Orchestra in 2000 after thirty-nine years of continuous service. Kofsky was previously Principal Trombone of the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra. At the Cleveland Institute of Music, Kofsky studied with John Coffey, former Bass Trombonist with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Meritt Dittert, former Principal Trombone with the Cleveland Orchestra.  

Composer Clint Needham

Composer Clint Needham’s music has been described as “wildly entertaining” (New York Times), “easy to smile at” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and “well-crafted and arresting… riveting” (Herald Times).  Recently named winner of the 2011 International Barlow Prize, Needham’s music has been recognized with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s Project 440 Commission, Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, the William Schuman Prize/BMI Student Composer Award, the Jacob Druckman Prize from the Aspen Music Festival, First Prize in the International Ticheli Composition Contest, the Heckscher Prize from Ithaca College, a Lee Ettelson Composer Award and the coveted Underwood New Music Commission from the American Composer’s Orchestra. Currently Assistant Professor of Music at Ohio Wesleyan University, Needham earned his doctorate degree from Indiana University, where he was a four-year Jacobs School of Music doctoral fellow in composition.

Conducter Dwight Oltman

Dwight Oltman, professor of conducting at BW, directs the Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble as well as BW’s annual Bach Festival. He is also the music director and principal conductor of Ballet San Jose in California. Frequently, he has conducted BW ensembles at state, regional, and national conferences. His career has been built on training received from Pierre Monteux and Max Rudolf in conducting, and Nadia Boulanger in composition. Among his many honors is a listing in Who’s Who in America and a proclamation from Mayor Michael White for “Dwight Oltman Day in Cleveland” as a “tribute of praise and gratitude for his twenty years of distinguished and dedicated service as Music Director of the Ohio Chamber Orchestra.”

Strong BW/Cleveland Orchestra Partnership

BW enjoys a strong partnership with The Cleveland Orchestra and its musicians, a number of whom are members of the Conservatory's artist faculty. Other Conservatory faculty members are regular substitute players with the Orchestra and Conservatory alumni are also members of the Orchestra. The six orchestra members who will be soloists on this concert are all also artist faculty members at the BW Conservatory.

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