World-renowned jazz clarinetist performs at NIU Feb. 1

Staff Report

DEKALB, Ill. — Advance purchase tickets are now available for a Feb. 1 performance of Anat Cohen, world-renowned jazz clarinetist. Known for her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence, Cohen and her band perform on the Concert Hall stage in the Music Building at Northern Illinois University (NIU) in DeKalb. The concert begins at 1:15 p.m. The concert ticket allows admission to two jazz master classes Cohen will conduct following the concert.

Anat Cohen is considered to be one of the preeminent jazz performers of her generation. Her albums have garnered praise from Downbeat, the New York Times and National Public Radio. She has played at many of the leading jazz venues in the U.S. and around the world, as well as at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

Born in Israel, Cohen attended the Tel Aviv School for the Arts, the Jaffa Music Conservatory, and the Berklee College of Music in Boston. She is an internationally-known artist who has been voted clarinetist of the year six years in a row by the Jazz Journalists Association, as well as 2012’s Multi-Reeds Player of the Year.

She has recorded six albums with her band, as well as three acclaimed albums as part of the 3 Cohens Sextet with her brothers, saxophonist Yuval and trumpeter Avishai.

Anat Cohen is the featured performer and clinician at the 2014 NIU Clarinet Cornucopia, a festival that each year focuses on a different voice and mood of the clarinet. Organized by NIU School of Music clarinet professor Gregory Barrett, the event includes a clarinet choir and master classes for beginning and more experienced clarinetists. The event is open to all clarinetists and should be of special interest to high school, college and university students, as well as vocational and professional clarinetists.

Tickets are available online at for both Clarinet Cornucopia and for those who want to attend only the Anat Cohen concert and jazz master classes. Tickets for the concert and jazz master classes are $20.

Clarinet Cornucopia has received financial support from the National Endowment for the Arts as part of the Arts Education in American Communities program. High school and NIU students receive free admission to Clarinet Cornucopia and to the concert with proof of student status.

More about the event and concert is available on the website or by calling the Office of External Program for the College of Visual and Performing Arts at (815) 753-1450.

Posted Jan. 29, 2014

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