School of Music

Guest Artist Gary Sperl Performs Clarinet Concert

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, October 4, 2012, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham
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Lori Arsenault
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Gary Sperl in concertGuest artist Gary Sperl performs a solo clarinet concert assisted by Anastasia Antonacos, piano, and Thomas Parchman, clarinet. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 seniors and USM faculty/staff, $5 students. Visit the Music Box Office or call 780-5555 for information and reservations. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

About the Performers:

Gary Sperl is an Associate Professor of Clarinet in The University of Tennessee School of Music and also the Principal Clarinetist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Sperl received a Master of Music in Woodwinds Degree from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music Education from The University of Wisconsin - River Falls. His primary teachers have been Robert Samarotto, Russel Dagon, and Bernard Portnoy.

Mr. Sperl has been active in summer music festivals for the past 32 years. He is currently the clarinetist in the Assisi (Italy) Performing Arts Festival and is also the Principal Clarinetist in the Bear Valley Music Festival, a position he has held since 1986. From 1980 to 1997 he was a clarinetist and bass clarinetist with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in both Charleston, South Carolina and Spoleto, Italy. From 1998 to 2002, he served as the Orchestra Manager for the Spoleto Festival and from 2002 until 2004 he was the Principal Clarinetist with the Missouri Chamber Orchestra. In addition to his summer activities, he has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony, the Savannah and Charleston Symphony Orchestras.

Mr. Sperl has performed regularly with the Wild Basin Winds, a professional chamber music ensemble based in Austin, Texas. With this ensemble, he has performed in the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has recorded a Christmas CD with the Wild Basin Winds called “A Wild Basin Christmas”.

At the University of Tennessee, Mr. Sperl teaches clarinet to performance majors as well as music education majors. He also coaches the clarinet chamber ensembles at UT. In July of 2005, a clarinet quartet from his studio was selected (from an audition process) to perform at the International Clarinet Association Conference in Tokyo, Japan. The same quartet performed in Puerto Rico at a major conference the following year. In March of 2011, the UT Clarinet Choir toured The Peoples Republic of China for 12 days, including concerts in Beijing, Xian, and Chengdu.

In addition to his chamber music and orchestral experiences, Mr. Sperl regularly performs solo recitals. He has also performed theConcerto for Clarinet by John Corigliano with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Gnarly Buttons by John Adams with the Knoxville Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Sperl plays Buffet Tosca clarinets with a Pyne PK model mouthpiece and Vandoren V12 reeds.

Outside of music, Mr. Sperl enjoys two passions: cats (he has 3 Maine Coon Cats!) and long distance running. To date, he has completed 17 marathons and 4 Full Ironman Triathlons (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run).

Thomas Parchman, clarinetist and associate professor of clarinet at USM, came to Maine in 1984 as a result of a joint search between the University of Southern Maine and the Portland Symphony Orchestra. He holds the rank of Associate Professor at USM, and has been the Principal Clarinetist with the PSO since his arrival. Dr. Parchman holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, a Master of Music from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor's degree in both Music Education and Performance from Southern Methodist University. His principal teachers have been Clark Brody (Chicago Symphony), Larry Combs (Chicago Symphony), Robert Marcellus (Cleveland Orchestra), and Mitchell Lurie (Chicago Symphony and soloist). As a clarinetist and saxophonist, Dr. Parchman performs music in a variety of styles from concerti, sonatas, chamber music, orchestra, ballet, and opera. He has been a member of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra since 1982, regularly performing with the finest musicians in Europe and the Americas.

Dr. Parchman teaches courses for the Music Education program and music appreciation to non majors. He also teaches private clarinet and coaches chamber ensembles.

Anastasia Antonacos, artist faculty in piano at USM.

Anastasia Antonacos has given notable performances around the world as a solo recitalist and chamber musician.  She has played at venues such as the Salle Cortot, Casa Orfeo, Holland’s Alkmaar Conservatory, and Alice Tully Hall.  She has also played in Greece, Russia, France, and Belgium, as well as various places in the U.S., including Washington D.C., where she testified for funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. 

She won First Place at the International Young Artist Music Competition in Bulgaria, and she holds prizes from the Capdepera International Piano Competition in Mallorca and the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition.   In 2004 the Greek Women’s University Club of Chicago awarded her the Kanellos Award.  She attended the Holland Music Sessions, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, and the Wilhelm Kempff Beethoven Course in Positano, Italy, where she was one of eight pianists selected for an intensive study of Beethoven led by John O’Conor. 

Dr. Antonacos has made solo appearances with the Northshore Philharmonic Orchestra, the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.  She has collaborated with violinist Joseph Silverstein, and with members of the Vermeer, Cassatt and DaPonte Quartets.  She has been a chamber music coach at Bay Chamber Concerts’ Next Generation program for many years, and she regularly serves as a masterclass teacher and adjudicator.  She holds a doctorate in piano performance from Indiana University in Bloomington, and she was a member of the full-time piano faculty at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for two years.  She lives with her husband and daughter in Portland, where she was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of Portland by the Phoenix.


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