To Paris and Back: Music of the Paris Conservatory

March 27, 2013

The Jacobsen Series concert will be held on Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m.

TACOMA, Wash. – Many fine pieces of music were created to test the skills of nervous, young players who faced the ultimate test of performing in the annual competition at the Paris Conservatory. The competition, known as the concours, used commissioned pieces of music that were lyrically and technically demanding. The first-prize winner each year was probably the happiest person in Paris that day.

In April, the University of Puget Sound wind faculty will pay homage to the grand tradition of the Paris Conservatory or Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. Puget Sound faculty members have chosen some of the best known works created for the concours from the late 19th century through the 20th century.

The Jacobsen Series concert Music of the Paris Conservatory will be held Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m. in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Ticket information is below.

The concert will feature Rodger Burnett, horn; Karla Flygare, flute; Jennifer Nelson, clarinet; Paul Rafanelli, bassoon; Dan Williams, oboe; Fred Winkler, saxophone; Tanya Stambuk, piano; and Duane Hulbert, piano. The program includes:

Jacques Ibert: Three Short Pieces
Fernande Decruck: Sonata in C-sharp Major for Alto Saxophone and Piano
Camille Saint-Saëns: Sonata for Bassoon and Piano Op. 168
Maurice Ravel: Sonatine for Oboe and Piano
Georges Marty: Premiere Fantaisie for Clarinet and Piano
Gabriel Fauré: Fantaisie for Flute and Piano
Paul Dukas: Villanelle for Horn and Piano
Darius Milhaud: Scaramouche

The Jacobsen Series, named in honor of Leonard Jacobsen, former chair of the piano department at Puget Sound, has been running since 1984. The Jacobsen Series Scholarship Fund awards annual music scholarships to outstanding student performers and scholars. The fund is sustained entirely by season subscribers and ticket sales.

FOR TICKETS: order online at, or call Wheelock Information Center at 253.879.6013 to purchase with a credit card. Admission is $12.50 for the general public; $8.50 for seniors (55+), military, and Puget Sound faculty and staff. The concert is free for current Puget Sound students. Group ticket rates are available for parties of 10 or more by calling 253.879.3555 in advance. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.

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For accessibility information please contact or 253.879.3236.

Photo on page: Gabriel Faure at the piano.

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