Concert: Clarinet and More!
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Event Type:         Concert: Clarinet and More!

Location:             Mount Vernon Music Hall

                           402 Leftwich St. at Yates

                           Mount Vernon, Texas 75457

Contact:              Mark Miller at 903-563-3780 or


With a program celebrating the velvet sound of the clarinet, Mount Vernon Music invites the public to Clarinet and More! on Saturday, February 9 at 7:30 P.M. in Mount Vernon Music Hall. Clarinetist Daryl Coad will perform the central role in Mozart’s perennial favorite Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, following jazz-inspired music for string quartet, a high-speed ride on the Autobahn for two violins, and a hauntingly powerful piece of music by Eugène Ysaÿe, revered as “the greatest violinist ever.”

Tickets are $10 for MVM members, $15 for non-members, and $5 for college students with valid ID. Children’s admission through high school is free (8th grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult ticketholder). Memberships in MVM start at $25 and are good for the entire season from June 1 through May 31. For more information call Mount Vernon Music at 903-563-3780, or visit  

Mount Vernon Music is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 2006 to further the performance of classical and other fine music in rural East Texas. For more information on the mission and concert schedule of Mount Vernon Music, and about historic Mount Vernon Music Hall, please visit

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Daryl Coad is an active performer and teacher in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Formerly a member of the Rochester Philharmonic and the New Orleans Symphony, he has also performed with the Chicago Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra. He has been on the faculties of the Brevard Music Center and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he also served as music director for the University Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared on recordings with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Claudio Abbado and Andre Previn, and was featured on a recording of William Walton’s Façade with David Zinman conducting members of the Rochester Philharmonic. His principal clarinet teacher was Robert Marcellus. Other teachers have included Larry Combs, Clark Brody and Robert Listokin. He has studied conducting with David Zinman, and holds a B.M. in clarinet performance and an M.M. in conducting, both from Northwestern University. He frequently performs with the Fort Worth Symphony and has been on the faculty of the University of North Texas since 1999.

Elizabeth Elsner is currently Concertmaster of the Abilene Philharmonic. Since her move to the Dallas area, she has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony, the East Texas Symphony, the Arkansas Symphony and other various area orchestras. Previously Elizabeth held the position of Concertmaster of the Midland/Odessa Symphony and was a member of the Permian Basin String Quartet. Elizabeth received her Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Linda Cerone, Stephen Majeske and Stephen Rose, as well as chamber music studies with Peter Salaff and the Cavani Quartet. She has been a member of the National Repertory Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, and Cleveland Pops Orchestra, as well as Assistant Concertmaster of the Peoria Symphony.

Presently concertmaster of the Longview and East Texas Symphony Orchestras, violinist Mark Miller also performs with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and other area ensembles. He is a founder and president of Mount Vernon Music Association, a membership-based nonprofit devoted to bringing outstanding performances of classical, cultural and jazz chamber music to underserved audiences in rural Northeast Texas. He also co-directs the chamber series “The Color of Sound” at Texas A&M University – Commerce, where for eleven years he taught and performed as an Artist-in-Residence with his wife, violist Ute Miller, and the ensemble Duo Renard. Following studies at Purchase College, NY, Indiana University – Bloomington and Boston University, he studied with Jürgen Kussmaul in Germany, where he was assistant concertmaster in the Robert Schumann Chamber Orchestra of Düsseldorf and a member of the Beethoven Orchester Bonn. He has appeared as soloist with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra.

Ute Miller is principal violist of the East Texas Symphony, performs with the Dallas, Fort Worth, and Longview Symphony Orchestras, and has appeared as a soloist with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. She is a founder, treasurer and managing director of Mount Vernon Music Association. Ute’s musical studies include the prestigious Konzertexamen diploma from the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf, and a year at Boston University as a student of Raphael Hillyer. In addition to playing with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, she served for seven years as assistant principal violist of the Gürzenich Orchester/Cologne Philharmonic, and for eight years as principal violist of the Dallas Opera Orchestra. She maintains a private studio in Dallas.

New York native Oliver Schlaffer began studying the cello at the age of four. His teachers included Irene Sharp of the San Francisco Conservatory, Michael Coren of the Dallas Symphony, India Jobelmann, Oregon Symphony principal cellist, and Orlando Cole of the Curtis String Quartet. He earned a Bachelors degree in cello performance at Southern Methodist University under Ko Iwasaki and Dallas Symphony principal cellist Christopher Adkins, and completed his Masters degree at Northwestern University studying with Jonathan Pegis of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the distinguished Danish cellist Hans Jørgen Jensen. Mr. Schlaffer has performed with the Chicago Symphony, and was principal cellist of the Chicago Civic Orchestra. From 2001 – 2004 he was principal cellist of the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami. He regularly performs chamber music throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area and abroad, and has a private teaching studio in Plano. He also performs with the Dallas Symphony and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras, and is a member of the Plano and Irving Symphony Orchestras, and principal cellist of the Allen Philharmonic and the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Schlaffer collaborates with both the Dallas Symphony and the Plano Symphony orchestras in their youth outreach programs, personally reaching out to between 3500-4000 young kids each year through his presentations, performances and lessons.

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