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The Return of the Clarinetist

By Sarah Hasselquist
Posted Oct. 5, 2006

UMD is celebrating the five-year anniversary of Weber Music Hall’s inaugural concert this fall. Richard Stoltzman, a classical and jazz clarinetist familiar with the golden dome, will be performing in Weber as part of the celebration.
Stoltzman last performed in Weber in 2002 at the inaugural concert which Jazz Ensemble Director of the UMD Music Department Ryan Frane attended.
“He certainly plays the Benny Goodman style very well,? said Frane with a nod.
Musical talent is not limited to Richard Stoltzman. He, his son Peter John Stoltzman and other members of his family have traveled and performed together, keeping alive the musical tradition passed down from Stoltzman’s jazz loving father. For the concerts this week, Peter John Stoltzman will be performing on piano or keyboard.
“Not every artist has a relationship like that where they can perform with their family at the same level of international recognition,? said bass player Matt Mobley.
Mobley, who performed in the orchestra at the inaugural concert with the elder Stoltzman, will be on stage with Stoltzman again this Saturday.
The Stoltzmans will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28 with the UMD Jazz Ensemble. At 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, the Stoltzmans will make their second appearance of the week, this time accompanied by UMD students Mobley on bass and Dan Westerlund on drums. It costs $15 to get in each night, and student rush tickets are $5 for Saturday’s concert.
Outside of UMD, Stoltzman has performed in Edinburgh, Hong Kong and Australia playing recitals, chamber music, and jazz concerts.
The son of a jazz-playing railwayman, Stoltzman double-majored in music and mathematics at Ohio State University, then attended Yale University to earn his Master of Music degree.
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