Feature Photo: McGill Performs in Kulas

Jeremy Reynolds, Arts Editor

Anthony McGill (right), the principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic, visited Oberlin this week to give a master class and recital. With pianist Michael McHale, McGill performed several pieces, including Francis Poulenc’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano and Camille Saint-Saëns’s Sonata for Clarinet E-Flat Major in Kulas Recital Hall Thursday night.

McGill is recognized for his collaboration with violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Gabriela Montero in the quartet’s landmark performance and recording of American composer John Williams’s “Air and Simple Gifts” during President Obama’s 2009 inauguration. A Chicago native, McGill attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA, and is currently on faculty at the Juilliard School, the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, the Bard College Conservatory of Music, and the Manhattan School of Music. Before joining the New York Philharmonic McGill served for 10 years as the principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.