Clarinet soloists join Packard Band

Two clarinet soloists will play with the W.D. Packard Concert Band for its next performance.

Frank Tracz, professor of music and director of bands at Kansas State University, returns as a guest conductor for the Packard Band. Joining him from Kansas State will be Tod Kerstetter, who is a professor of clarinet there and a member of the resident Konza Wind Quintet. He has performed in more than a dozen countries and been involved in commissioning several new works for clarinet.

He will be the featured soloist on Artie Shaw’s Concerto for Clarinet and “Valdemosa” from Joseph Horovitz’s “Two Majorcan Pieces,” and he will be joined by Michael Chesher, clarinet, for Scott McAllister’s “Freebirds.”

Chesher is an associate professor of music at Luther College who studied at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Northwestern University and Indiana University. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and currently is principal clarinet with the La Crosse (Wis.) Symphony Orchestra.

Other selections on the program include Joseph T. Spaniola’s “Wind Fanfare,” John Philip Sousa’s “Kansas Wildcats” march, Jan Van der Roost’s “Puszta,” Roland Lo Presti’s “Elegy for a Young American,” James L. Swearingen’s “How Firm Thy Friendship,” Leonard Bernstein’s “Slava!,” Anthony O’Toole’s Fanfare to The Hammer and a “Dixieland Jam” arranged by Bob Lowden.

The concert starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren. Admission is free and funding is provided by the W.D. Packard trust. For more information, call 330-841-2931.