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Max Christie, clarinet

  • St. Andrew's Church 73 Simcoe Street Toronto, ON, M5J 1W9 Canada (map)


Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo (1919) by Igor Stravinsky

Sonata for Clarinet & Piano (1941-1942) by Leonard Bernstein

A Set for Clarinet (1954, rev.1974) by Donald Martino

Sonata for Clarinet & Piano (1962) by Francis Poulenc

Gra (1993) by Elliott Carter

Tema con variazioni (1974) by Jean Francaix

with Jeanie Chung, piano


Max Christie probably should have played trombone.  Or been a singer. Instead he chose the clarinet, or more likely it chose him, singling him out as the right size and shape.  The instrument, it is said, chooses the player.  The exploding cigar of the orchestra, the clarinet is only cool in the hands of people named Benny or Woody or PeeWee.  It affords no cachet, yet it has inspired great composers to write great things for it, so that one can console one’s inner singer (or trombonist) with the knowledge that no other wind instrument is as blessed.

Max Christie is blessed as well with a beautiful family and a surprisingly full life, even for someone who manages an exploding cigar for a living. He has never lived far from Toronto, and likely never will, but you never know.

Earlier Event: October 19
Xin Wang, voice
Later Event: January 18
Graham Banfield, guitar