Regional Spotlight: Alexandria Festival of the Lakes

by Steve Staruch, Minnesota Public Radio
February 27, 2014

St. Paul, Minn. — A friendship with one of the leading clarinetists of his day led to the first Concert Piece for Piano, Clarinet and Bassoon by Felix Mendelssohn. The composer spun out a beautiful singing part for his friend, the clarinetist Heinrich Baermann.

Clarinetist Jennifer Gerth, with bassoonist J Christopher Marshall and pianist Susan Billmeyer are heard in a performance of this buoyant and virtuoso work. The Mendelssohn Concert Piece No. 1 from last summer's Alexandria Festival of the Lakes is in this week's Regional Spotlight.

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