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Clarinetist opens Young Concert Artist Series

Sept. 11, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester will open this season's Young Concert Artists Series with a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at Western Michigan University.

All seating is general admission. Tickets are $10 and $5 for students and senior citizens. They may be purchased at the door or in advance through the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at (269) 387-2300 or toll free (800) 228-9858.

Born in Moncofa, Spain, into a family of accomplished clarinetists and Zarzuela singers, Franch-Ballester is described as "that rare find, an artist whose brilliant mastery of his instrument is matched by sound and secure gifts as a musician" by the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette. Franch-Ballester began clarinet lessons when he was 9 years old, and gave his first recital in Valencia, Spain, when he was 16. He graduated from the Joaquin Rodrigo Music Conservatory in Valencia in 2000, and came to the United States to study clarinet. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in 2005.

Sponsored by the Donald P. Bullock Music Performance Institute in collaboration with the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, the Young Concert Artist Series has introduced artists with exciting and fresh programs for the past two decades.

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

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