As the weather gets cooler and cooler, I certainly have become more grateful for this virtual series that allows me to attend from my cozy home. The music for each concert has been drastically different which makes every first and third Sunday of the month really exciting!
This past Sunday, we got to hear from a clarinet and cello duo, Deux Bois, made up of UW-Milwaukee students Lauren LaFond and Ian Wasserman. When was the last time you heard a clarinetist and cellist perform together? Deux Bois demonstrated how their unique instrumentation creates an aural experience filled with warm and contrasting yet complementing timbres.
LAUREN LAFOND is a clarinetist with numerous ensembles at the UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts. One of note is the reed quintet known as Canary Reeds. She has also been asked to perform as part of other ensembles around the Milwaukee area such as the Milwaukee Philharmonic and Present Music. She has received her bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance and is finishing her instrumental/general music education at the UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts. She hopes to go on for her masters and doctorate degrees to be able to teach clarinet at the collegiate level as well as perform with a symphony orchestra and Canary Reeds.
IAN WASSERMAN is a Milwaukee-based cellist who has performed with the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra and PianoArts of North America. Upcoming performances this season include dates with the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Philharmonic, and the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra. Wasserman is currently a candidate for the Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts under Stefan Kartman. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity.
Deux Bois performed pieces by Paul Hindemith and Alain Lefébure. Lauren and Ian also played solo pieces by Shostakovich and Bach. There were several string and woodwind players in the audience that found their instrumentation lovely and agreed that more composers ought to write music for clarinet and cello. We cannot wait to hear more of Deux Bois and perhaps new pieces in the future too!