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Clarinetist Frank Kowalsky to perform Thursday night

ALBANY -- Albany State University's Fine Arts Department continues its Lyceum Performance series this week with a guest recital by clarinetist Frank Kowalsky.

The free performance, which includes Albany State faculty member Mimi Noda on piano, will start at 7 p.m. Thursday at the school's ACAD Auditorium.

The following day, Kowalsky will conduct a master class for Albany State music majors and Southwest Georgia woodwind students.

Kowalsky the Joseph A. White professor of clarinet at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla., where he has taught since 1984. His own training includes earning degrees from Eastman School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music and the Catholic University of America.

He has performed as principal clarinetist with the Naples Philharmonic, Tallahassee Symphony and Northwood orchestras. Kowalsky has also been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic, Colorado Philharmonic, the Unisted States Marine Band and Music at Gretna.

The clarinetist also serves as music director of "Evening of of Music and Dance," a yearly production of the Tallahassee Ballet. In addition, Kowalsky is a regular at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, has been part of the internationally touring Trio Con Brio and recently toured England as a guest soloist with Florida State Winds.

"To have an internationally renowned artist of this caliber perform for our campus community and the community at large is going to be thrilling in and of itself," said Leroy Bynum, dean of Albany State's College of Arts and Humanities. "To have him return the next day to work with our students and answer questions about his own professional walk, as well as give advice born of years of experience, will no doubt prove extremely beneficial for all, and perhaps even life-changing for some."

For more information, call (229) 430-4849.