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Play for Your LIFE! Chamber Music from Mozart to Led Zeppelin!

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  • I believe that chamber music is the most intimate form of musical collaboration, and all teenagers should learn the skills to study rehearse and perform chamber music. This workshop will give teachers ideas on how to implement a chamber music program and encourage their students to enjoy playing chamber music in school and outside. ATTENDEES ARE ABSOLUTELY ENCOURAGED TO BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT TO JOIN IN
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  • 12/14/2016 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
  • Meeting Room W186
  • Joseph Rutkowski has presented "Play for Your LIFE!: Chamber Music from Mozart to Led Zeppelin" at conferences at TMEA, NAfME, NYSSMA and the Balanced Mind Conference, most recently in Nashville: As a concert clarinetist, Joseph Rutkowski has performed solo recitals at Carnegie (Weill) Recital Hall and has appeared as a concerto soloist and chamber music artist at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York City and throughout the US and Europe and recorded for radio, TV, film, and Ali Mar Records as a soloist. Hailed by The New York Times as “…an agile and powerful player” and by the International Clarinet Magazine as a clarinetist with “awesome technical prowess,” he has performed with James Galway, Mstislav Rostropovich, Maurice Andre, Eleanor Steber, and William Warfield and under the batons of Alan Hovhaness, Karel Husa, Laszlo Halasz, Howard Hanson and JoAnn Falletta. His recording of Schubert’s “Shepherd on the Rock” for Ali Mar Records received critical acclaim in Richard Gilbert’s The Clarinetist’s Discography. Rutkowski studied in New York and Germany, receiving degrees in performance from Mannes College The New School For Music and Queens College and in Educational Administration from Hunter College. As an educator, Rutkowski has been a two-time Presidential Scholar Teacher, Harvard Club of LI Distinguished Teacher, Long Island Music Hall of Fame Educator of Note and three-time nominated Grammy Music Educator.