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Howard Community College Concert Series Presents Jason Shafer Clarinet Recital

Columbia, MD – Columbia, Maryland’s very own Jason Shafer will present a clarinet recital on Saturday, November 10, 2018, opening the Howard Community College (HCC) Concert Series’ 2018-2019 season as the first guest artist concert. 

Shafer will collaborate with pianist Kuei-I Wu in a program of vibrant works for the clarinet and piano. The centerpiece of the program is the sublime and emotional Brahms Sonata for the piano and clarinet, surrounded by works from Debussy and Gershwin. Shafter will finish the evening with a collaboration with his former HCC clarinet teacher, Kyle Coughlin. 

The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Monteabaro Recital Hall within the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center (HVPA) at the college. Shafer will also conduct a master class for selected students in the recital hall on Friday, November 9, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. Admission for the Jason Shafer Clarinet Recital is $27 for general, $23 for seniors, and $12 for HCC students. Tickets for the Jason Shafer Master Class are $12 for general and seniors, and $7 for students. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call the Horowitz Center Box Office at 443-518-1500, or visit Be sure to ask about Early Bird tickets and group rates. 

About Jason Shafer

Jason Shafer joined the Colorado Symphony as Principal Clarinet at the start of the 2013/2014 season. Previously, he played for four years as a fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. He received his Bachelor of Music with the highest distinction from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he studied with Kenneth Grant. His other musical influences include Mark Nuccio and Burt Hara. 

Shafer has appeared in guest principal roles with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony, and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, where he has been a regular member since 2002. Always looking for opportunities to travel, Shafer has performed abroad in Austria, Estonia, and Russia. Shafer has collaborated in chamber music performances with Yefim Bronfman, Jeremy Denk, and Laura Aikin. As a concerto soloist, he has performed with the Colorado Symphony, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, the New World Symphony, and the Eastman Philharmonia, among others. He is passionate about teaching and is on the faculty of the University of Northern Colorado and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top. He also taught at the Metropolitan State University of Denver from 2015 to 2016. In addition, Shafer studied piano during his time at Eastman, and loves to accompany other musicians. 

About Howard Community College Concert Series 

Now in its 12th season, the Howard Community College Concert Series aims to serve the college and Howard County communities with engaging and uplifting music programs at affordable prices. Next highlight of the 2018-2019 season will be a reading of cellist Amit Peled’s new children’s book, “A Cello Named Pablo,” on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. followed by a “To Brahms, With Love” cello recital featuring Peled and pianist Noreen Polera on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. HCC Concert Series also presents audience favorite Baltimore-Metropolitan area musicians on the Faculty Concert Series throughout the season. For more information, visit 

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