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Community Band will feature clarinetist

Myroslava Hawryluk Hagen

Clarinetist and clinician Myroslava Hawryluk Hagen will perform with the Park Rapids Area Community Band and present clinics in area high schools in May.

The Park Rapids Area Community Band will present its annual spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18 at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium. The concert will include featured artist Hagen, who is a professional clarinetist and Yamaha clinician from Utah.

Hagen is of Ukrainian heritage, grew up in Fridley and graduated from Concordia College. She has a master’s degree from the University of Utah and has completed all but the dissertation for her doctorate at the University of Arizona.

She is married to Scott Hagen, a graduate of Park Rapids High School, Concordia College, the University of Minnesota and is Director of Bands at the University of Utah. He will be featured at the PRACB concert as a guest conductor.

The two concert selections Myroslava Hagen will perform with the PRACB are “Concertpiece for Clarinet, Winds and Percussion” by James Curnow, written for the 100th anniversary of the University of Illinois Band and “Viktor’s Tale” by John Williams for the soundtrack of the movie, “The Terminal.”

In conjunction with her appearance with the PRACB Hagen will conduct master classes in several area public schools. Clinics for clarinetists of all levels will be presented from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, May 15 in the Park Rapids Area High School band room, 10-11 a.m. Friday, May 16 at the Moorhead High School band room and 1-2 p.m. Friday, May 16 at the Hawley High School band room.

She will work with the PRACB clarinet section at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 15 at the high school band room.

All clinics are free of charge and are open to interested clarinetists at all levels. This is an opportunity for students to learn from a professional level artist in a master class setting. Participants are encouraged to bring their own instruments.

The Park Rapids Area Community Band received a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council for this featured artist.

For more information about the events contact:

Paul Peterson, PRACB, 732-4760; Dr. Deane Johnson, PRACB, 732-8130; John Cook, Park Rapids Area High School, 237-6376; Pam Redlinger, Moorhead High School, 218-284-2431 or Keith Wander, Hawley High School, 218-483-3555.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.