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Some enchanted evening with Symphony of the Mountains

Contributed To The Press • Updated Jan 25, 2018 at 9:02 AM

Symphony of the Mountains begins the second half of the 2017-18 season with a classical concert, “Enchantments” showcasing principal clarinet player and former Fulbright scholar, Dr. Victor Chávez, as soloist.

The repertoire includes “L’Italiana in Algeri,” by Gioacchino Rossini; “Symphony No. 4,” by Ludwig van Beethoven; and “Clarinet Concerto, Op. 57,” by Carl August Nielsen.

Saturday’s performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center, 400 S. Wilcox Drive, Kingsport. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased by calling 392-8423 or visiting www.symphonyofthemountains.org. Children and students are admitted free with registration.

Dr. Victor Chávez Jr. is a Mexican-American, fifth-generation musician from El Paso, Texas, and has studied with Larry Combs, Guy Deplus, Jon Manasse, Julie Deroche, Kenneth Grant, Dr. Richard Shanley, Alan Olson, and Vin Richards.

In addition to numerous awards, he was the recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Lusk Fellowship, which allowed him to study in Paris, France, under the tutelage of Guy Deplus. While in Paris, Chávez conducted his Fulbright research in pedagogy, performance practice, organology and literature.

As an active freelance clarinetist, he has performed with the Waco Symphony Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Belton Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series.

He is currently the principal clarinetist of the Tri-Cities Opera Company in Binghamton, New York, and principal clarinetist of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra in Johnson City, as well as the newly appointed assistant professor of clarinet at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

An additional concert is being performed Friday at the McGlothlin Center for the Arts in Emory, Virginia.

For more information, call 392-8423 or visit www.symphonyofthemountains.org.

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