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RICARDO MORALES PLAYS THE MOZART CLARINET CONCERTO WITH THE SHREVEPORT SYMPHONY ON SAT., OCTOBER 28  
  
SHREVEPORT, LA, OCTOBER 10, 2017 - On Saturday, October 28, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra observes the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses, acknowledged as the beginning of the Reformation, with Mendelssohn's stirring Symphony No. 5. In addition, Philadelphia Orchestra's Principal Clarinetist Ricardo Morales showcases the sublime Clarinet Concerto by Mozart.  This concert will be performed at First Baptist Shreveport, rather than the SSO's usual location at the RiverView Theater.  
 
WILLIS-KNIGHTON MASTERWORKS SERIES
 
Magnificent Mozart 
Saturday, October 28, 7:30 PM
First Baptist Shreveport, 543 Ockley Dr.
Michael Butterman, conductor 
 
RESPIGHI  Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3   
MOZART  Clarinet Concerto    
Ricardo Morales, clarinet
MENDELSSOHN  Symphony No. 5, "Reformation"   
   
Tickets are available online at www.shreveportsymphony.com or by phone at 318-227-8863. Ticket prices range from $20-$60. Student tickets are $12.
  
A free shuttle service starts at 6:30 PM before each concert. The shuttle picks up at Regions Bank parking garage at the corner of Milam and Market Streets.
  
The SSO's season sponsor is Willis-Knighton Health System. The concert sponsor is Hilton Shreveport.  
The Noel Foundation, Inc. Chamber Concert 
Free and open to the public

Mozart and More 
Sunday, October 29, 3 PM
First Baptist Shreveport, Frost Chapel
Ricardo Morales, clarinet
Amy Oshiro-Morales, violin
Elizabeth O'Bannon, violin
Imelda Tecson, viola
Ruth Drummond, cello
Gay Grosz, piano

DARIUS MILHAUD   Suite, Op. 157b for Violin, Clarinet and Piano
CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR  Introduction and Rondo for Clarinet and Piano
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART  Quintet in A Major for Clarinet and String Quartet, K.581 
About Ricardo Morales 
Ricardo Morales is one of the most sought after clarinetists of today. He joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as principal clarinet in 2003. Prior to this he was principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, a position he assumed at the age of 21, under the direction of James Levine. His virtuosity and artistry as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician has been hailed and recognized in concert halls around the world. He has been asked to perform as principal clarinet with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and at the invitation of Sir Simon Rattle, performed as guest principal clarinet with the Berlin Philharmonic. He also performs as principal clarinet with the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra, at the invitation of Seiji Ozawa.

A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mr. Morales began his studies at the Escuela Libre de Musica along with his five siblings, who are all distinguished musicians. He continued his studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Indiana University, where he received his Artist Diploma.  

Mr. Morales has been a featured soloist with many orchestras, including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Seoul Philharmonic, and the Flemish Radio Symphony. During his tenure with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra he soloed under the baton of Mr. Levine in Carnegie Hall and on two European tours. He made his solo debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2004 with Charles Dutoit and has since performed as soloist on numerous occasions.

An active chamber musician, Mr. Morales has performed in the MET Chamber Ensemble series at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall with Mr. Levine at the piano; at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Seattle Chamber Music Summer Festival, and the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival; on NBC's The Today Show; and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has performed with many distinguished ensembles, such as the Juilliard Quartet, the Pacifica Quartet, the MirĂ³ Quartet, the Leipzig Quartet, and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. He has also collaborated with Christoph Eschenbach, AndrĂ© Watts, Emanuel Ax, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, James Ehnes, Gil Shaham, and Kathleen Battle. Mr. Morales is highly sought after for his recitals and master classes, which have taken him throughout North America and Europe. In addition, he currently serves on the faculties of Temple University and the Curtis Institute of Music.

Mr. Morales's debut solo recording, French Portraits, is available on the Boston Records label. His recent recordings include performances with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and with the Pacifica Quartet, which was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award. Mr. Morales has joined forces with internationally recognized master acoustician and instrument maker Morrie Backun to create MoBa, a company of top-of-the-line clarinets and clarinet accessories, including mouthpieces, bells, and barrels.  
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About the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra 
Since its founding in 1948, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has become Louisiana's oldest continually operating professional orchestra and one of the most respected regional orchestras in the United States. The SSO's mission is: To Embrace - to embrace the community we serve and to be embraced by the same community; to broaden the level of supporters and their involvement with the orchestra; to work across the region with various arts organizations through cooperation and partnerships. To Enlighten - to educate; to enlighten the senses beyond the norm. To Experience - to provide the unique aesthetic experiences of live orchestral music; to give depth and enriching life; to connect people through music; to foster cultural diversity. To Excel - to foster artistic, organizational, and financial excellence. www.shreveportsymphony.com