[Translate to english:] SLOVENIAN CLARINET CHOIR


The Slovenian Clarinet Choir is the first of its kind in Slovenia ever. It was founded by the clarinetists Joze Kotar and Toni Umek, both from Trbovlje. An ensemble of this kind, however, is no novelty to the audiences abroad anymore (e.g., Piete Jeegers Clarinet Choir from Brussels and Walther Boeykens Clarinet Choir from Antwerpen, with 30 to 50 members). Besides woodwind and brass ensembles and choirs (such as "Phillip Jones") there are also several accordion orchestras, mandoline orchestras, and even a piano orchestra - an innovation of the Americans at the opening of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984 - which performed one of the arrangements of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. As the clarinet is, besides the flute, the most popular instrument among young musicians at Slovenian music schools, secondary schools of music and the Academy of Music, the foundation of this ensemble seems to be a natural development. Its members come from the numerous excellent clarinetists of three generations, who established themselves as soloists and orchestra players in the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the RTV Symphonic Orchestra, the orchestras of the Ljubljana and Maribor Opera, the Maribor Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slovenian Police Band, the Slovenian Armed Forces Band and several quality amateur orchestras and bands, school orchestras and chamber orchestras and ensembles.




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