Join us as we welcome guest composer and clarinetist Christian Ellenwood, for a premiere of his work for clarinet and string quartet. Ellenwood has written several works for clarinet, as well as pieces for chamber ensembles, choir, wind ensemble, and strings. His compositions have been performed at prestigious festivals and concert venues worldwide, including Carnegie Hall, the World Saxophone Congress, ClarinetFest, and the Chamber Music National Festival/Music for All. Recent commissions include a new quintet for clarinet and strings, commissioned by Vandoren for the winner of the 2015 Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition. His compositions have also been broadcast over Chicago's WFMT and the Wisconsin and Nebraska Public Radio networks. A passionate chamber music collaborator, Ellenwood has performed with the Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet, Los Angeles Philharmonic principal cellist Robert deMaine, violinist Mark Peskanov, and pianist Christopher Taylor. He performs as principal clarinetist with the Skylight Opera of Milwaukee, the Woodstock Mozart Festival, and with several other orchestras. He serves as Professor of Clarinet at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, where he has received numerous awards, including the W. P. Roseman Award, UW-Whitewater’s highest honor for excellence in teaching.