Clarinetist, composer returns to share the music

Clarinetist, composer returns to share the music

A South Whidbey alum prepares for her first show at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.

A South Whidbey alum prepares for her first show at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.

Clarinetist and songwriter Angelique Poteat will be joined by four other Pacific Northwest musicians at her upcoming WICA show, “Angelique Poteat and Friends,” from 7:30-9 p.m. on Friday, March 4.

“I haven’t hosted my own concert at WICA yet, so it’s kind of like coming home to be able to share this music,” Poteat said.

Poteat graduated from South Whidbey High School in 2004. She has been playing clarinet for 25 years and writing music for 27.

“It definitely became kind of the center of my life,” she said of the music. “My family moved to Whidbey when I was in college. The school programs in South Whidbey were so stimulating when it came to the arts.

Although she currently lives on the mainland, many of Poteat’s family members still live on the island and she hopes to eventually return.

She plays with the Saratoga Orchestra and the Seattle Symphony. Musicians from the latter group will join her as a quintet on her next show: Eduardo Rios and Libby Phelps on violin, Kayliegh Miller on viola and Emily Hu on cello.

The event will be a mix of standard repertoire pieces from the late 1800s to this century, as well as original compositions. Poteat’s work has been performed and recorded around the world, including Australia, Germany, Lithuania, Hungary, Japan, Italy and Norway.

“My music is definitely more traveled than me, at least internationally,” she said, adding that before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, one of the last things she done was to go on tour with the American Festival Orchestra. in China.

The performances of Poteat and the entire music industry came to a halt at the start of the pandemic. It’s now starting to see a return to normal, and many bands still have a backlog of performances that were scheduled to take place from March 2020 to July 2021.

“There’s nothing quite like going to a live concert and feeling that energy of live music,” she said. “I’m so relieved that we’re starting to venture into these shared concert experiences again.”

Some of his notable pieces include “Beyond Much Difference”, “Much Difference”, “Roots of Variegation”, “Reflections on a Summer”, and “A Perspective”.

“I hope a lot of people will come and listen to great classical music,” she said of her show WICA. “I think there is something for everyone.”

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