Concert Detail

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Hollywood Heroes

Date and Time

Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 3:00 pm


Shorewood Performing Arts Center
Shorewood High School
17300 Fremont Avenue N.
Shoreline, WA 98113


William Tell OvertureGiacomo Rossini
SpringtimeGuido Six
Solid Men to the FrontJohn Philip Sousa
SilveradoBruce Broughton
Arranged by R. Bass
Band of BrothersMichael Kamen
Arranged by J. Brubaker
76 TrombonesMeredith Willson
Arranged by Naohiro Iwai
Apollo 13 Symphonic SuiteJames Horner
Arranged by J. Moss
The Magnificent SevenElmer Bernstein


Join the Seattle Wind Symphony for a fun concert of music of our favorite heroes. Hear music from the movies, television, and cartoons by Michael Kamen, Bruce Broughton, John Philip Sousa, Giacomo Rossini and others. The concert features one of our favorite heroes, clarinet virtuoso Dr. Robert Spring playing music specifically written for him.


Dr. Robert Spring, clarinet

Photograph of Robert Spring

Robert Spring has been described as "one of this country's most sensitive and talented clarinetists", Arizona Republic, "dazzled his audience...flawless technique", The Clarinet Magazine, and "a formidable soloist...played with great emotional life" Copenhagen, Denmark, Politiken. Spring's recording of Grawemeier Award winning composer Joan Tower's works for clarinet was described by The Clarinet Magazine as "truly would be hard pressed to find better performances of contemporary music....first rate music performed with the highest professional standards."  The Instrumentalist Magazine says of his recording, "Dragon's Tongue", a CD of virtuoso music for clarinet and wind band, "His musicality and technique make this recording a must for every CD collection." Fanfare Magazine says of the CD, "Tarantelle", music that the famous violinist Jascha Heifetz recorded on violin,   being performed on clarinet, "This recording was meant to amaze and, man, it succeeds."

The America Record Guide writes about his recent recording of the Copland Clarinet Concerto, "Spring is fabulous in the Copland. His phrasing is elegant swing tailored with great flow and a spread of tone colors and expressive subtleties. His low- and mid-range are especially warm, rich, and embracing and highly effective in the introduction and in the bridge to the jazzy finale. And boy what a finale! The pace is neatly judged to pick up at critical junctures so that, by the end, it feels like an improvised jam session."

Spring attended the University of Michigan where he was awarded three degrees, including the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He was recently awarded the "Citation of Merit Award" from the  School of Music Alumni Society.  His teachers included John Mohler, David Shifrin and Paul Shaller.  Spring has performed as a recitalist or soloist with symphony orchestras and wind bands in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and South America, and has been heard in the United States on National Public Radio's, Performance Today. He frequently serves as clinician and adjudicator and teaches on the faculties of several summer music festivals.  He has published numerous articles on multiple articulation and other contemporary clarinet techniques.

Spring was President of the International Clarinet Association from 1998-2000 and has performed for numerous International Clarinet Association conventions.  He hosted the 1995 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest at Arizona State University where he is presently Professor of Music in Clarinet. Dr. Spring is also a guest professor at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music.  He is a Buffet Artist, and plays the Buffet Greenline Clarinet exclusively.

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