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SSG Tim Sutfin Premieres New Work for Clarinet

Mar 30, 2012

On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at 7:30pm, SSG Tim Sutfin will give the world premiere of a new work for clarinet and piano by the American composer Scott McAllister, as part of the Army Band-hosted Brucker Hall Chamber Music Series.

The new concerto, given the title "Epic Concerto" by the composer, is the result of a co-commission by 11 professional clarinetists. At nearly an hour in length, the piece is conceived as an entire recital program divided into seven movements. McAllister intended the work to be either performed in its entirety, or with individual movements performed as stand-alone works.

"The Epic Concerto is inspired by some of my life experiences as a clarinetist and composer," writes McAllister in a note included in the score. The seven movements draw on influences from former teachers and legendary clarinet performers.

Several "premieres" of the work have been planned, but Sutfin will give the official world premiere at the April 10 concert. In August, he will travel to Lincoln, NE, to perform the first three movements of the piece, alongside other clarinetists involved in the commission (who will perform the remaining movements), at the International Clarinet Association's Clarinet-Fest.

Sutfin will be joined by pianist SSG Yalin Chi of the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point. Live audio from the event will be broadcast via