What a whirlwind tour! My dear mentor and friend, Eric Mandat, came from the United States to perform a series of concerts in Portugal. Bob Spring, Jeremy Wohletz, and Radovan Cavallin performed on these concerts, too.
From December 11th to the 14th, we were all a part of the I. Econtro da Clarinetes de Universidade de Evora. It was a big event. Not only did we performed a program featuring Eric´s music, we also had a clarinet ensemble concert. This concert featured solo perofrmances of Luis, Ana Rita, and Radovan. There were also duos featuring Eric, Luis, Bob, and Radovan. I assisted Bob Spring in conducting the ensemble. There was another conductor, Pedro Ralo, who conducted the performances with the Portuguese clarinet professors. The concert concluded with Bob and Radovan playing an encore by Mihael Paar. It was a fantastic experience.
I am thankful to Luis Gomes and his students for believing so strongly in this project and it´s overall success!