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Clarinet-piano duo performs at Dalton

Jan. 26, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Clarinetist Caroline Hartig and pianist Deborah Moriarty perform in a guest artist recital at 8:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, in Western Michigan University's Dalton Center Recital Hall.

The free, public recital includes works by W. C. Debussy, Vidor Chausson and other composers. Hartig and Moriarty are both members of the music faculty at Michigan State University.

Caroline Hartig is an acclaimed clarinet soloist and chamber musician, who has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. She has appeared with orchestras and contemporary music ensembles in major concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, where she made her solo debut.

Widely recognized and sought after for her new-music collaborations, Hartig can be heard on the CD "Dancing Solo," featuring the solo and chamber clarinet works of composer Libby Larsen. Upcoming new-music ventures include the world premiere of a newly commissioned solo clarinet work for Hartig by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom, which she will premiere at the 2005 International ClarinetFest in Tokyo, Japan. Hartig's most recent CD, "Clarinet Brilliante," was honored by the American Record Guide as a "Critics' Choice."

Hartig joined the Michigan State faculty in fall 2004 after serving as professor of clarinet at Ball State University since 1992. More information can be found about Hartig on her Web site, <www.CarolineHartig.com>.

Deborah Moriarty is professor of piano and chair of the keyboard area in the MSU School of Music. She attended the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music, where she received her Master of Music degree with honors. Major teachers she studied with include Russell Sherman, Theodore Lettvin, Beveridge Webster, Victor Rosenbaum, Ruth Slenczyenska, and Eleanor Sokoloff.

An active teacher and performer, Moriarty has given master classes in the United States and abroad. She is known for her solo and chamber ensemble performances and is a founding member of the Fontana Ensemble of Michigan. She has performed in recital and as soloist with orchestras throughout the United States, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops Orchestra. She has also performed in Belgium, Japan, Colombia, Mexico and the Soviet Union and has appeared internationally on Public Television's "Artistry of..." series.

Media contact: Kevin West, 269 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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