Grammy-nominated clarinetist DAVID KRAKAUER and acclaimed virtuoso pianist KATHLEEN TAGG have been performing together since 2012, drawing on their unique, collaborative sound to create genre-defying projects which produce new environments in each space they fill.
For the past decade Krakauer has emerged as a symphonic soloist of "astounding virtuosity and charisma" (Detroit Free Press) who brings his singular sound and powerful approach to the concert stage. Widely considered one of the greatest clarinetists on the planet, he has been praised internationally as a key innovator in modern klezmer as well as a major voice in classical music appearing with the world’s finest orchestras including the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, the Weimar Staatskapelle, the Orchestre de Lyon, and the Seattle Symphony.
South African-born pianist, composer and producer Kathleen Tagg, praised for her combining of "outstanding technique with deep musicality", has been based in New York since 2001. She has performed on four continents in leading venues such as Carnegie Hall, had her original music performed in venues such as New York’s Lincoln Center, appeared on a host of classical, world music and multi-genre recordings and produced numerous CDs and inter-disciplinary programs from South Africa to Los Angeles.
For Clayton Piano Festival’s Valentine’s Day Gala, they will present a diverse array of music having to do with connections of different kinds, featuring the greatest classics from Brahms and Debussy to their own compositions, world music, and even their original arrangements of jazz standards like "Body and Soul."
This event is a favorite among followers of CPF's performances and newcomers alike. It includes a full course meal, cash bar, and reception afterwards, where attendees can mingle with the performers.