Jun Watabe and Susan Ellinger

Saturday, September 12, 2020
7:30 p.m.
Wright Opera House (472 Main Street, Ouray)
$18 Adults (prepaid online), $20 At the Door,  $5 Students (18 and under)

Refined clarinetist and saxophonist Jun Watabe will perform the fifth and final concert of the 2020 Dave and Mary Wood Concert Series on Saturday, August 1 at the Wright Opera House in Ouray. He will be accompanied by pianist Susan Ellinger.


     Watabe lives an unusual career of single reed doubling with two completely different instruments – the clarinet and the saxophone. The diverse natures of the two instruments serve to enhance his artistry and refine his musical common sense, and at the same time make his musical interpretations and performances unique. He travels across the country for concerts and lectures at conferences and universities. Watabe received a doctorate in both clarinet and saxophone from the University of Northern Colorado with honors. During his graduate studies at UNC, he won the solo and concerto competitions. Watabe was the recipient of the Saxophone Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival for three consecutive summers. Watabe has taught at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and currently is the clarinet and saxophone faculty member at the Colorado Mesa University and the principal clarinetist for the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra.
     Accomplished Ellinger returns having shared the Wright stage with many talented artists. Ellinger has performed extensively as both as soloist and chamber musician, presenting recitals at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, Harvard University and many more. She has won top prizes as both as soloist and chamber musician at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Manhattan School of Music. She joined the Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia as the Artistic Director in 2012 to collaborate, create and direct a comprehensive concert series program. “Susan Elllinger is a virtuoso pianist with a deep, creative and facile musical mind.” Darrett Adkins, Cellist Artist/Faculty – The Julliard School, Oberlin Conservatory, Aspen Music Festival.

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