‘Clearly Clarinets: Tools of Human Expression’ on display

From "licorice sticks" to walking sticks n— you can see them both this summer at a special temporary exhibition, "Clearly Clarinets:  Tools of Human Expression," at the National Music Museum on the campus of the University of South Dakota.

Discover for yourself a dizzying variety of clarinets with more than 50 never-before-displayed instruments and related materials. Browse through the display to discover the ancient and more recent ancestors of the modern clarinet. See from what kind of materials clarinets have been made as well as how the keys and fingerings have developed. Highlights of the exhibition include bright green and dazzling pink clarinets and a silver "Thermos" clarinet. Special guests invited to visit the exhibition this summer will include members of the International Clarinet Association, who will be attending ClarinetFest® in Lincoln, Neb. in August.

"Even with the modern technological wonders of entertainment, we still revel in blowing our own breath through the clarinet, we delight in moving our own fingers, and we savor the sounds that are produced in the process," noted Deborah Check Reeves, curator of Education and Woodwind Instruments at the NMM and one of the designers of the exhibition.

"Clearly Clarinets" runs from June 1 through Aug. 31 and can be viewed at the National Music Museum Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission on Fridays is always free. "Clearly Clarinets" is made possible through generous donations from the Vermillion Rotary Club, First Dakota National Bank, the South Dakota Arts Council, and Ray's Midbell Music in Sioux City.  The exhibition design was a collaborative effort of Reeves and graduate assistant, Ana Sofia Silva (Lisbon, Portugal).

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