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After years of planning, it’s finally time for thousands of world-class musicians to come to the University of Redlands for the 2013 International Double Reed Society Conference June 25 to 29.

“We made our presentation to the board of the International Double Reed Society three years ago,” Dr. Andrew Glendening, dean of the School of Music, said. “The conference moves around to different areas every year; last year it was in Ohio, before that, Arizona. It hasn’t been in California for 25 years.”

The International Double Reed Society Conference, hosted this year by the School of Music faculty with support from graduate students, brings together some of the most accomplished oboe and bassoon professionals from around the world for days of master classes, lectures, and concerts. More than 100 vendors are also coming to sell their specialized wares, and will fill the Orton Center and Fine Arts Building.

“You have to come to a conference to be able to find some of these hand-crafted instruments,” Glendening said.

The attendees will come from all corners of the world, staying in University dorms and area hotels.

“We have people coming from Russia, China, all over the place,” Glendening said. “We have a number of people coming from South America, which is really remarkable. We’ve been writing visa support letters left and right.”

Several distinguished players will take part in the Gillet-Fox Oboe Competition (for those who have not yet reached their 31st birthday) and the Young Artist Competition for Bassoon (for those who are not yet 22). $25,000 in prizes will be given away, with the competitors already chosen by an international committee with judges from the Berlin Philharmonic and Julliard.

“We will be using pretty much the entire campus during the week,” Glendening said. “We will have four or five events going on simultaneously. A lot of learning will be going on.”

There will also be a lot of music; over the duration of the event, six concerts will be held in locations around Redlands and Temecula, including the Redlands Bowl and Mount Palomar Winery, and the new John Williams oboe concerto will have its west coast premiere.

“Pretty amazing things will be going on,” Glendening said.

Besides bringing thousands to the University campus, the conference will also have an economic impact for the city.

“There’s the obvious boost to hotels and restaurants, but also for the professional players in the Redlands Symphony, there’s two additional concerts and chamber work,” Glendening said. “For many, that’s an additional week of employment. We tried to work hard to make sure we’re using our local people.”

For more information, including concert schedules, visit the International Double Reed Society Conference 2013 website.

Posted: June 21, 2013
Written by: Catherine Garcia


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