Clarinetist and adjunct faculty Micah Wright will be joined by pianist Jason Lo and organist Thomas Mellan for an evening of clarinet concertos and showpieces. The concert will feature works by Debussy, Lovreglio, Bernstein, Copland and Weber.
Wright performs in solo, chamber, studio and orchestral settings in the Los Angeles area. He also maintains a private studio and teaches clinics and masterclasses throughout the Southwest as a clinician for D’Addario Woodwinds.
Currently, he is performing with two award-winning ensembles in Los Angeles. The Aristeia Trio is a newly-formed group with Annie-Jacobs-Perkins (cello) and Vijay Venkatesh (piano). Together, they had their radio and concert tour debut in 2016 as winners of the Frances Walton Competition. The Kaleidoscope Trio is an eclectic ensemble with Mann-Wen Lo (violin) and Adam Borecki (guitar) that performs in many musical styles (classical, jazz, pop, klezmer, etc.) for special events throughout the Los Angeles area.
Wright has received many national and international musical honors throughout his career, most recently earning Second Prize at the 2017 Backun International Clarinet Competition, Honorable Mention at the 2017 William C. Byrd International Young Artists Competition, and winning the 2016 Frances Walton Competition and the 2016 MTNA California Young Artist Woodwind Competition. He has performed as a concerto soloist with several ensembles including Rice University’s Shepherd School Symphony, Drake University’s Symphony Orchestra, the Masterworks Festival Orchestra, the Meyer Chamber Orchestra, the Des Moines Metro Concert Band, and the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra.
He earned a D.M.A. in clarinet performance from USC, a master's in music from Rice University and a bachelor's from Drake University. He also completed performance minors in saxophone at Drake University and piano at USC.
Admission is free; donations accepted.