Praised for his "great skill and captivating sound" by Clariperu, American clarinetist Calvin Falwell is quickly becoming a sought after soloist and chamber music collaborator. His performances have garnered praise from critics and audiences around the world. A true champion of new music, Calvin has had the privilege of premiering numerous works for both clarinet and bass clarinet including works by Todd Goodman, David Thomas, Max Lifchitz, Suzanne Polak, Mark Satterwhite, Bradford Blackburn, Paul Reller, David Stock and Joseph Hallman.
As a soloist he has developed an extensive repertoire for bass clarinet. Solo appearances include concerto performances with the McCormick Percussion Group, South Florida Symphony, Beaver Valley Philharmonic, Westchester Percussion Ensemble and contemporary ensembles in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Louisville. Recent tours have taken him to South America, China and Europe. Upcoming performances include appearances with Orchestra Enigmatic and the USF Percussion Ensemble. Current commissions include concertos by Michael Fraizer, Stephen P. Brown and Dan Welcher.
As an orchestral musician Calvin held positions with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Calvin has also appeared with the Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, Florida Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Opera Tampa, Opera Naples, Palm Beach Symphony and Pittsburgh Opera Theater among others. Additionally, Calvin has toured internationally with the Hollywood Concert Orchestra. Former faculty appointments include Holy Family University, Wilmington University, Hartwick College Music Festival, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and AMEROPA Chamber Music Festival.
Currently, Calvin holds the 3rd/Bass Clarinet chair with the Sarasota Orchestra in Sarasota, FL and is Professor of Clarinet & Bass Clarinet at The College of New Jersey and the University of South Florida where he is also the Artistic Director of the annual South Florida Clarinet Fest. During the summer months can be found performing with the Ash Lawn Opera Festival in Charlottesville, VA and Green Mountain Opera in Barre, VT.
Constantly in demand as a clinician, Calvin has presented master classes at the Potsdam Clarinet Summit, University of Evansville Clarinet Workshop, ClariBogota, ClariSax Medellin, Gutape Festival, Shanghai Grand Theater, University of Louisville, University of Tampa, Florida Southern College, University of Central Florida, Murray State University, Belmont University, Bethune-Cookman University, SUNY Potsdam, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Universidad Distrital, Universidad Corpas and the National Conservatory de Colombia,
His principal teachers and mentors include Paul Demers (Philadelphia Orchestra), Ron Samuels (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), Tim Zavadil (Minnesota Orchestra), Dallas Tidwell (Louisville Orchestra), Daniel Lochrie (Nashville Symphony) and Scott Locke (Murray State University). 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 Selmer Paris and D’Addario Performing Artist, performing on Selmer Clarinets and D’Addario Reeds exclusively.
Calvin lives in Tampa, FL with his wife Kerry Falwell, son Zachary and their two cats Ronald & Callie.
Goodman, Concerto for Bass Clarinet
Todd Goodman’s Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra was commissioned by the Beaver Valley Philharmonic to conclude their 2008-09 season. The work, in two movements, takes the orchestra and soloist through a passionate journey of the relationship between a child and a parent.
The second movement, A Berceuse et Rêve, translated as A Lullaby and Dream, reverses the roles of the two characters and tells the story of a parent, this time represented by the bass clarinet who is trying to put their child, represented by the orchestra, to sleep.
Max Lifchitz, Yellow Ribbons #43
The Yellow Ribbons comprise a series of works written as homage to the former American hostages in Iran. These compositions are a personal way of celebrating the artistic and political freedom so often taken for granted in the West. While the dramatic events that unfolded during 1979 provided the initial inspiration for these works, the tragic happenings that took place in New York City on September 11, 2001 as well as the continuing unrest throughout the world convinced me that working on this series was both appropriate and worthwhile.