WMU News

Award-winning clarinetist returns to Dalton Center

Oct. 5, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein performs in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, as part of the Young Concert Artist series at Western Michigan University.

Tickets for the Fiterstein recital are $10 and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available through the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door prior to the start of the recital.

Fiterstein won First Prize in the 2001 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. That same year, he won First Prize in the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition, as well as Special Prizes for the Best Interpretation of a Danish Work and Best Performance with the Odense Symphony Orchestra.

Since joining the Young Concert Artists roster, Fiterstein has been in demand both in the United States and abroad in recital and as soloist with orchestra. The Kalamazoo Gazette wrote of his 2001 performance at WMU, "A high point in the program was the impressive performance of the Weber Concertino by clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein. This very talented player revealed solid technique and displayed exceptional articulation."

Fiterstein was born in Minsk in the former Soviet Union and emigrated with his family to Israel when he was 2 years old. He studied at the Israel Arts and Science Academy and received his high school diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy.

The Young Concert Artists series is one of several sponsored by the Bullock Music Performance Institute in the WMU School of Music. For more information about the institute and the programs it sponsors, visit www.wmich.edu/mus_bpi.

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

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