Colorful graphic of a clarinet.

When was the last time you heard classical music live? Emerald City Music is Seattle’s home for
eclectic, open-bar classical music shows featuring the world’s best musicians.

Hear two remarkable and colorful clarinet quintets in one night! Carl Maria Von Weber’s Clarinet
Quintet was written for his close friend, the clarinet virtuoso Heinrich Baermann. While the latter
would have preferred a concerto to perform with orchestras, this work was designed such that
the clarinetist could travel town to town and gather the local musicians to support the four string
parts of this colorful work. David Bruce’s Gumboots is a thematic clarinet quintet that brings to
light the brutal labor conditions of South Africa under Apartheid. Black miners were chained
together and wore Gumboots (wellington boots) while they worked in the flooded gold mines.
Slapping the boots and chains was used by the workers as a form of communication which was
otherwise banned in the mine. The composer describes the first half of his Quintet as yearning
for tranquility and peace, while the finale consists of five lively and joyful dances.