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Faculty artist and clarinetist Craig Suhusky, and pianist Nancy Brown, will perform as part of Olivet College’s Gear Recital Series Sunday, Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the college’s Upton Conservatory of Music Recital Hall.

The artists will perform the music of Brahms, Stravinsky, and Rossini, plus selections by Benny Goodman, the famous jazz clarinetist and band leader from the 1930s and 1940s.

About the Artists

In addition to teaching at Olivet College, Craig Suhusky maintains a full-time private studio of clarinet and saxophone students, as well as woodwind ensembles, and serves as a faculty member at the Community Music Center of South Central Michigan.

Suhusky is also a professional performer and has played in the Battle Creek Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, Camera da Musica Chamber Orchestra, Phoenix Big Band, Quintessence Wind Quintet, Opus V Wind Quintet and the Premiere Reed Trio. He also performs in musical theatre at the Augusta Barn, Kalamazoo Civic and Whole Art theatres, as well as Western Michigan University’s (WMU) Department of Theatre.

Suhusky holds a master’s degree in clarinet performance from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree in music education from WMU.

Nancy Brown holds a bachelor’s degree from WMU in piano performance and composition. She is pianist, organist and choir director at Wakeshma Community Church in Fulton.

Brown accompanies the Union City Community Chorale, and the Kellogg Singers and Branch County Community Chorale of Kellogg Community College. She also maintains a private teaching studio and has served as director of the Community Music School of Battle Creek and Hastings since 2001.

About the Gear Recital Series

Launched in 2013, the Gear Recital Series, named for alumni John ’70 and Penny ’69 (Lehman) Gear, is a 5-year program designed to provide Olivet College students with an exclusive educational experience while also bringing exceptional concert opportunities to the community. All performances and lectures are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Ramona Kime, professor of music at Olivet College, at 269.749.7692.

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