Calvin Falwell

Clarinet / Bass Clarinet

Calvin Falwell

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Clarinet

Bass Clarinet

First season with the SO: 2014


Currently, Calvin Falwell holds the 3rd/Bass Clarinet chair with the Sarasota Orchestra in Sarasota, FL and is on faculty at the University of South Florida.  During the summer months can be found performing with the Ash Lawn Opera Festival in Charlottesville, VA and Green Mountain Opera in Barre, VT.

As an orchestral musician Calvin held positions with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.  Calvin has also appeared with the Fort Worth Symphony, Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, Florida Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Opera Tampa, Opera Naples, Palm Beach Symphony and Pittsburgh Opera among others. Additionally, Calvin has toured internationally with the Hollywood Concert Orchestra.  Former faculty appointments include The College of New Jersey, Holy Family University, Wilmington University, Hartwick College Music Festival, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and AMEROPA Chamber Music Festival.

His principal teachers and mentors include Paul Demers, Ron Samuels, Tim Zavadil and Dallas Tidwell. Both Calvin's BM and MM are in Clarinet Performance and are from the University of Louisville and Duquesne University respectively.

Calvin is both a Buffet Group USA and D'Addario Woodwind Performing Artist, performing on Buffet Clarinets and D'Addario Reeds exclusively.

Calvin is an avid road cyclist and lives in Florida with his wife Kerry Falwell, son Zachary and their two cats Ronald & Callie.

Solo Bass Clarinet Album: http://www.potenzamusic.com/fine-tune-138703.cfm

"Virtuosic bass clarinetists such as Calvin Falwell continue to expand the instruments capabilities and inspire composers to consider it as a solo voice."

The Clarinet

"Great skill and captivating sound."

Clariperu

"Falwell plays boisterously where needed, with an enviable evenness and control of tone throughout all registers."

Gail Lehto Zugger

"One of the best performances of the night."

Creative Loafing Tampa

"Clarinetist Calvin Falwell enthralled the audience."

The Tampa Tribune

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 There's no doubt, audiences are thrilled by the Sarasota Orchestra's new music director, Anu Tali. She's brought an intense energy from the orchestra in previous performances and we found this yet again in a downright thrill ride of an encounter...  

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 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

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 Every section and soloist within the orchestra played their role with strength and beauty; every tree proud and tall. Tali served as an excellent guide leading the forces with assured confidence. The overall sound was lush and, yes, intense just where it needed to be.  

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 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

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 A lifetime of musical moments, cinematic in scope, gave every section of the orchestra a leading role at one time or another. Chief among them was the virtuosic solo of concertmaster Daniel Jordan.  

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 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

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 Tali conveyed a clear vision for the dramatic outline of this symphony, carefully pacing the darker, searching character of the music with pastoral conversations among voices in the orchestra.  

Written byThe Observer

 If you haven’t seen Tali yet, this will be a great introduction to the skyrocketing conductor who’s quickly becoming a household name around the world. You’ll see why we feel we’re lucky to have her here.  

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