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Ricardo Morales 2023
Renowned Clarinetist Ricardo Morales to Work with Students at the GREAT Academy
APPLE VALLEY, CA – The GREAT Academy, an AME/CTE Model Technical Demonstration site for the California Department of Education, is thrilled to welcome Ricardo Morales. Morales will be visiting the school on March 16th and 17th. One of the most sought-after clarinetists in the world, Morales has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Philharmonie de Paris, and the Art Tower Mito in Japan, in the past year! Morales will be working with elementary and high school students during his visit, giving masterclasses and coaching sessions.
Morales has been appointed Principal Clarinet of The Philadelphia Orchestra and has previously played with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra where he was appointed Principal at the age of 21. He has also played clarinet with The Chicago Symphony, The New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and the Kinen Orchestra in Japan. Morales has been giving clarinet master classes for many years and currently serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Temple University, and the Curtis Institute of Music.
Morales has released a debut recording, French Portraits, and his recordings with the Pacifica Quartet were nominated for a Latin Grammy Award.
The culmination of Morales’ visit will be a concert on Thursday, March 16th at 6:30 p.m. with the West Coast Clarinet Congress, where Morales will perform as a Soloist.
The visit of Morales has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Apple Valley Unified School District. Javier Alcantara-Rojas, Director of the GREAT Academy, “We are honored to host such a renowned artist and educator like Ricardo Morales,” said Mr. Javier. “His visit will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students to learn from and be inspired by a true master of his craft.” Mr. Javier is the contact person for the event, and the school principal is Adam Powell.