Nancy Braithwaite, a Barrington native who has played throughout the USA, Europe and China, performed a solo concert to an intimate crowd of 90 at Barrington’s White House. Ms. Braithwaite lives in The Netherlands and is a Professor of Clarinet and Chamber Music at the Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts) and is an active performer in the Codarts teachers’ chamber music concert series. As a soloist, she has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, Savannah Symphony Orchestra and others in works by Mozart, Nielsen, von Weber and Rossini. In addition, she has been very active in chamber music with repertoire encompassing more than 250 works.
Braithwaite studied with Stanley Hasty at the renowned Eastman School of Music graduating with the highest musical distinction, the Performers Certificate.
Having grown up in Barrington where she learned to play the clarinet, Ms. Braithwaite walked past Barrington’s White House throughout her life on her way to school. “They’ve done such an amazing job with this beautiful addition to Barrington. The acoustics are perfect with the rounded barrel ceilings. The sound is quite lovely!”
Denise Peters, Cultural Co-Chair for Barrington’s White House, was pleased with the evening. “This is an example of exactly what we’ve been planning for Barrington. A place where people can hear this exquisite music in the middle of our own town.”
Before playing each piece, Ms. Braithwaite told stories about how the music was written and why it was important to her. The audience thoroughly enjoyed this surprise. “The music was incredible and the stories were so intimate!” said Anne Lee, who said she wouldn’t have missed this for the world. “Nancy is the daughter of Bill and Dyllis Braithwaite, and I knew this was going to be something special!”
Next up, Ms. Braithwaite will be traveling to China where she teaches master classes, performs recitals and is a jury member for a major clarinet competition in Beijing.
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(Photography by Susan McConnell)