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Enduring Masters Series will Bring Master Clarinetist Stanley Drucker to Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — The Enduring Masters series at Ithaca College will continue on Saturday, April 2, with a performance by New York Philharmonic principal clarinetist Stanley Drucker. Free and open to the public, the concert will start at 8:15 p.m. in Ford Hall in the James J. Whalen Center for Music.

Drucker began clarinet studies at age 10 with Leon Russianoff, his principal teacher, and later attended the High School of Music and Art and the Curtis Institute of Music. He was appointed principal clarinetist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at age 16, of the Adolf Busch Chamber Players at age 17 and of the Buffalo Philharmonic at age 18.

At the conclusion of the 2008–2009 season, Drucker celebrated 60 years as a member of the New York Philharmonic. In honor of this milestone anniversary, he became an honorary member of the Philharmonic Society of New York, the first orchestral musician so honored. According to Philharmonic estimates, he has performed in 10,200 concerts, which is approximately 70 percent of the total number of concerts performed by the orchestra since its founding in 1842. The Philharmonic’s principal clarinetist for a record 48 years, Drucker has made close to 200 appearances as a soloist and chamber musician with the orchestra. He played under nine music directors, including Bruno Walter, Dimitri Mitropolous, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez and Zubin Mehta. Drucker is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records with the “Longest Career as a Clarinetist.”

Drucker maintains an active solo career, appearing with ensembles throughout the world. He has been nominated twice for Grammy Awards in the category of Best Instrumental Soloist/Classical with Orchestra: In 1992 for his recording of the Copland Concerto with the Philharmonic and Leonard Bernstein, and in 1982 for John Corigliano’s Concerto with the Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta. In recognition of his highly respected and widely acknowledged musical excellence and dedication, he was named Musical America’s 1998 Instrumentalist of the Year.

The Enduring Masters Series is sponsored by the Linden Center for Creativity and Aging, the Gerontology Institute, the Offices of the President and Provost, the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life, the School of Humanities and Sciences, Educational Grant Initiative and the School of Music.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact the School of Music at (607) 274-3717 or as much in advance of the event as possible.