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Carl Maria von Weber made his big mark in opera and loved singing himself but accidentally drank engraver's acid (his dad had left it in a wine bottle), and it ruined his voice.

Concertino op. 26 was composed as the first piece of a series of works for clarinetist Heinrich Baermann.


Weber's theatrically styled works for clarinet broke new grounds in the Romanticism, with their atmospheric color, displaying the clarinet's wide-ranging capabilities for expressivity and virtuosic display, allowing a new measure of proeminence.

A "miniature opera" with its tapestry of different narrative colours the Concertino fuels the listeners' imagination, making this piece a favourite in the standard concert repertoire. 

I love the piece because Weber goes for it musically, no holds barred, and doesn't worry about going over the top. The clarinet can really "sing" in this piece, and I feel, so can I when I'm really in the zone.


Chamber Music

Hungarian Folk Music at "Great Music on Sundays at 5":

Három Csíkmegyei Népdal (from Three Popular Hungarian Songs) ~ by Béla Bartók


Romanian Folk Dances I. Stick Dance (Bot-tánc). II. Sash Dance (Brâul). III. In One Spot (Topogó). IV. Dance from Bucsum (Bucsumi tánc). V. Romanian Polka (Román polka). VI. Fast Dance (Aprózó) 

Monika Woods... clarinet

John Thomas... piano

Fabulous French Fantasia:

A delightful hour of Milhaud, Poulenc, Ibert & Saint-Saëns with Provincetown’s newest chamber music ensemble "Through the Red Door "

Craig Combs... piano / Eric Maul... flute Mónika Veress Woods... clarinet / Jeffrey Thurston... violin

Tarentelle op. 6 (1857)

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)

Craig Combs... piano

Eric Maul... flute

Mónika Veress Woods... clarinet

Suite for violin, clarinet and piano (1936)




Introduction & Finale

by Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)

Craig Combs... piano

Jeffrey Thurston.. violin

Mónika Veress Woods... clarinet

Press Kit

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Bio_Monika Woods.jpg

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