Wang, Gerstein, and Hakutani in concert April 1

The UALR Department of Music will present Alice Wang, David Gerstein, and Naoki Hakutani in concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 1, in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in UALR’s Fine Arts Building.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Naoki Hakutani at or at 501.683.7230.

Since her appointment in 2007 at the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University, Wang has presented many solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States.  She has been a featured soloist with the Ohio District V Honor Band, the W.D. Packard Concert Band, and recorded composer David Morgan’s Reflections and Meditations with the Youngstown State University Wind Ensemble. Wang completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Clarinet at the University of Texas at Austin with Prof. Richard MacDowell.

David Gerstein, a devoted performer of chamber and contemporary music has played concerts all over the world, from the stage of Carnegie Hall to the Great Wall of China. David is currently the principal cellist of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, which he has been a member of since September ’08. He is also the cellist of the Quapaw String Quartet, which performs regularly at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, AR as well as in schools all over the state as part of the ASO’s Arts Partner program. David received a BM with Distinction from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with David Ying. He completed his studies at Rice University in 2008, where he earned a Master of Music under the direction of Norman Fischer.

Naoki Hakutani is currently an Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  Dr. Hakutani is also the Director of UALR Artspree, and the Director of the UALR Piano Festival. Hakutani is very active as a solo pianist having performed at Weil Recital Hall, Youngsan Art Hall (with Korean Sinfonietta), Seoul National University of Education and Ouachita Baptist University among others. He also makes frequent joint appearances with his wife, Jaeyeon Park and with Collage Piano where they recently performed in Mozart Hall in Seoul in a concert supported by the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. Hakutani holds degrees in piano performance from Northwestern University, Indiana University at Bloomington and the University of Texas at Austin studying with Donald Isaak, Shigeo Neriki and Betty Mallard.


The program:

Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

I. Grazioso

II. Andantino –Vivace e leggiero


Liquid Ebony for Clarinet and Piano

Dana Wilson (b. 1946)

I. Call

II. Prayer

III. Dance of not pretending


The Cape Cod Files for Clarinet and Piano

Paquito D’Rivera (b. 1948)

II. Bandoneon

I. Benny @100


Trio in A minor for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 114

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

I.  Allegro

II. Adagio

III. Andantino grazioso

IV. Allegro


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