posted October 31, 2011

Joel Schekman and Adam Clark to Perform on Sunday, Nov. 13

The "Sundays at 2" concert series at Hope College will feature clarinetist Joel Schekman and pianist Adam Clark on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall. 
 
The public is invited. Admission is free. 
 
The two instrumentalists, both of whom are faculty members at Hope, will be performing Johann Brahms's "Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E-Flat Major," as well as other notable works. 
 
Schekman is currently a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony and an instructor of clarinet at Hope.  He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in clarinet performance from Indiana University and the University of Southern California respectively.  His first professional appointment was with the Spokane Symphony, during which time he also performed as a guest artist with the New World Symphony, the Charleston Symphony and the Santa Monica Symphony.  Locally, Schekman has performed with the West Michigan Symphony, the Kalamazoo Symphony and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. 
 
An active soloist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist, Clark has performed to great acclaim throughout the United States, as well as in Belgium, Italy and South Korea. Clark's performances have been broadcast on WMUK in Michigan as well as MBC National Television in Korea. He is a first prize winner of the American Protégé International Piano Competition and made his Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) debut in March 2010. 
 
Past seasons for Clark have included performances with the San Luis Obispo Symphony and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. He is also a regular performer at Michigan's Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck.  Clark is currently an assistant professor of Music at Hope, where he teaches courses in applied piano, keyboard skills, piano pedagogy and accompanying. He is also director of the Hope College Young Artists Piano Competition and founder of the "Sundays at 2" concert series.  Clark earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He completed his bachelor's degree at the University of California and master's degree the University of Texas at Austin. 
 
Nykerk Hall of Music is located in the central Hope campus at the former 127 E. 12th Street between College and Columbia avenues.