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ASU Music Prof, Guest to Perform Concert

July 17, 2012

Dr. Tim Bonenfant, clarinetist and an associate professor of music at Angelo State University, will present a joint concert with guest pianist Michael Schneider on Sunday, Aug. 5, in the ASU Carr Education-Fine Arts (EFA) Building, 2602 Dena Drive.

The performance, devoted to the music of distinguished Ukrainian-American composer Virko Baley, will begin at 2 p.m. in the EFA Building’s Eldon Black Recital Hall, and is open free to the public. 

A special feature of the concert will be Baley’s “Song Without Words,” based on the poetry of Emily Dickenson.  Bonenfant will play seven movements, each on a different clarinet, from the small E flat to the contrabass.

Baley, distinguished professor of music and composer-in-residence at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas., is the recipient of the 1996 Shevchenko Prize for Music, awarded by the Ukrainian government.  He also received the Petro Jacyk Distinguished Research Fellowship at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute for 2006-07 to continue work on his opera “Red Earth (Hunger)” which will be performed in New York in February.

In 2007, he was awarded a Grammy as recording producer for TNC Recordings for Best Instrumental Performance with Orchestra, and in 2008, he received the Academy Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Recently performing as a soloist and with a chamber at the International Clarinet Association’s Clarinetfest, in Northridge, Cal., Bonenfant has played with the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, the West Texas Jazz Orchestra, the Houston Clarinet Ensemble, the Mesquite Trio and Tempest Trio.  

Bonenfant directs the ASU Jazz Ensemble, Clarinet Choir and Saxophone Quartet.  He holds advanced music degrees from the California Institute for the Arts and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, where he studied under Baley. 

Jerome Horowitz of the Las Vegas Review-Journal said of Bonenfant’s performances, “When players the caliber of clarinetist Timothy Bonenfant are given virtuoso music, they can work wonders with it in almost no time.”

Schneider is the creator and artistic director of the San Angelo Piano Festival, a classical music festival with an emphasis on the piano repertoire, which was hosted on the ASU campus in March.  He has performed and competed internationally, including a performance of Franz Liszt’s “Dante Sonata” at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., for the American Liszt Society Annual Festival. 

He is frequently featured as a soloist with the San Angelo Symphony and has soloed with numerous other symphonies.  Guest recital appearances include Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, the International Chopin Festival in France, the music festival in the Hamptons, the Liszt Museum in Budapest and many others.

Critics have hailed Schneider as “a pianist with exceptional insight” and a “performer with great panache” in solo, chamber and concerto settings.  He holds degrees from the University of North Texas and the Cleveland Institute of Music.  He served as an adjunct professor of piano at Youngstown State University in Ohio prior to finishing his doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Texas.

Schneider will join Bonenfant in Austin and Houston for the other two concerts.  They will follow those performances by recording Baley’s music for a CD on the TNC label.

For more information, call the ASU Department of Art and Music at 325-942-2085.


For more information, call the ASU Department of Art and Music at 325-942-2085.