Symphonic Wind Ensemble to perform Feb. 13

February 08, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State's Symphonic Wind Ensemble will headline a free public concert at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, in Esber Recital Hall. The concluding concert of the Penn State Single Reed Summit will include concertos performed by Penn State faculty members Anthony J. Costa, clarinet, and David Stambler, saxophone. The combined Summit Clarinet Choir and Saxophone Ensemble will also perform. The ensembles are conducted by Dennis Glocke. Admission is free.

The Penn State Single Reed Summit, set for Feb. 12-13, is an exciting two-day event that includes musical performances, masterclasses, lectures, chamber music, performance competitions and vendors. Registration is open to all clarinet and saxophone enthusiasts. For information regarding registration, sponsors and vendors, please visit This event will also be live streamed on the Penn State School of Music website.


*Czardas — Vittorio Monti, arranged by Andre North (performed by the combined Summit Clarinet Choir and Saxophone Ensemble)

Toccata Marziale — Ralph Vaughan Williams

*Dance Concerto — Donald Crockett (with Anthony J. Costa, clarinet)

Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble — James Grant (with David Stambler, alto saxophone). This will be the world-premiere performance of this orchestration.

Blue Shades — Frank Ticheli

*These compositions are performed in conjunction with the 2015-16 School of Music theme "Music & Dance: Exploring Connections Between Two Art Forms," a yearlong series of performances, classes and presentations that focus on the unique relationship between music and human movement.

Costa is associate professor of clarinet at Penn State and clarinetist with the Pennsylvania Quintet, the Prestige Clarinet Quartet, and the Chihara Trio.

Dedicated to his role as artist-teacher, Costa taught clarinet and music courses at Otterbein College, Ashland University, and the College of Mount St. Joseph in Ohio before joining the faculty at Penn State. For two years he was a collaborative artist with Chamber Music America’s “Rural Residency Program” and worked with communities in Mississippi County, Arkansas, as a performer and music educator.

In demand as an orchestral clarinetist, Costa served as utility clarinetist/bass clarinetist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Dayton Opera Orchestra from 1999 to 2011 and has performed as principal clarinetist of the Music at Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra since 2009. Additionally, he has performed with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, Akron Symphony Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster (Ohio) Festival Orchestra, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Wheeling (West Virginia) Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with such artists as “The Three Tenors” (Pavarotti, Domingo, and Carreras), Midori, Sarah Chang, “The Big Voodoo Daddy,” and Ray Charles. Recent solo performances have included the Bruch “Double Concerto” with violist Timothy Deighton with the Music at Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra in State College; Scott McAllister’s “Concerto X” and Michael Daugherty’s “Brooklyn Bridge” with the Penn State Wind Ensemble; and the Artie Shaw “Clarinet Concerto” with the Nittany Valley Symphony Orchestra. 

Costa attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and received a bachelor of music degree in music education and clarinet performance. He received his master of music degree in clarinet performance from Temple University in Philadelphia and his doctorate of musical arts degree from Ohio State. His teachers have included Carmine Campione, Anthony Gigliotti, Ronald Auffman, and James Pyne.

Originally from the Washington, D.C., area, Stambler has established himself as a dynamic and active performer throughout the United States, performing both jazz and classical music. His concert activities include recitals and appearances as a symphonic soloist, as well as “on-call” engagements as saxophonist with many orchestras including the Annapolis Symphony, the Bay Atlantic Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, the National Gallery Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and others. He has performed internationally in Italy, Spain, Scotland, Austria, Slovenia, Russia, Japan, China, Canada and Bermuda, and he has appeared with dozens of orchestras across the United States as saxophonist, arranger, and manager of the renowned saxophone ensemble, the Capitol Quartet.

He has recorded with Capitol Quartet, the Baltimore Symphony, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, numerous pop artists, and has played clarinet and saxophone on dozens of nationally broadcast radio and television commercials, soundtracks and video games. A veteran of thousands of professional performances, he has appeared at the JVC Jazz festival, the Princeton Jazz Fest, the Smithsonian Institution, Strathmore Hall, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, numerous embassies in Washington for heads of state, and accompanied many top entertainers such as Rosemary Clooney, Debbie Reynolds, Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole, Roberta Flack, Bobby McFerrin, Aaron Neville, and Melissa Manchester.

Stambler studied clarinet at the Oberlin Conservatory and received his bachelor of music degree in saxophone from the University of Michigan, where he was a student of Donald Sinta. He holds a master’s degree from the Peabody Institute in Baltimore and a doctorate from the University of Maryland. For more on Stambler, visit

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the premier wind/percussion ensemble in the School of Music. This highly select 40-member ensemble is comprised of the finest wind and percussion instrumentalists on campus. It performs a variety of repertoire ranging from chamber music to literature that utilizes the full ensemble. It concertizes extensively both on and off campus and is open to all students, regardless of major, by audition.


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