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Double Reed Studio Recital

Wednesday, March 1, 2023 - 7:30pm
Double Reed Studio Recital

Oboe students of Dan Williams and bassoon students of Paul Rafanelli perform in the Double Reed studio recital. 

Alyssa Morris: Brokenvention (2011) 
Daren Weissfisch, Oboe; Kamil Tarnawczyk, English Horn; David Lin, Piano

Camille Saint-Saëns: Oboe Sonata in D major Op. 166 (1921)
I. Andantino
II. Ad libitum—Allegretto
II. Molto Allegro
Kamil Tarnawczyk, Oboe; Jieun Kim, Piano

Antonio Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in E minor RV. 484 (1722)
I. Allegro Poco
Griffin Smith, Bassoon; Jieun Kim, Piano

W.A. Mozart: Oboe Concerto in C K. 314 (1777)
III. Rondo Allegretto
Lexi Doremus-Wessels, Oboe; Jieun Kim, Piano


Matthieu Lussier: Bassango (2006) 
Ryan Kapsandy, Bassoon; Pascal Lovre, Bassoon; Rian Morgan, Bassoon; Griffin Smith, Contrabassoon

Kamil Tarnawczyk: Bittersweet Songs (2022)
I. Prelude
II. Elegy
Minh-Thi Butler, Oboe; Kamil Tarnawczyk, English Horn; Ryan Kapsandy, Bassoon; Pascal Lovre, Bassoon

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Oboe Trio in C major Op. 87 (1795) 
I. Allegro
IV. Presto 
Lexi Doremus-Wessels, Oboe; Minh-Thi Butler, Oboe; Kamil Tarnawczyk, English Horn

Minh-Thi Butler, Lexi Doremus-Wessels, and Kamil Tarnawczyk are students of Dan Williams.
Ryan Kapsany, Pascal Lovre, Rian Morgan, and Griffin Smith are students of Paul Rafanelli.


Paul Rafanelli, Bassoon

A member of the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera Orchestra since 1992, bassoonist Paul Rafanelli has performed frequently on the orchestra’s Chamber Music Series; he has also performed with the Seattle Chamber Music Society, Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival and Seattle Chamber Players. Before joining the Seattle Symphony in 1992, Mr. Rafanelli was a member of the Charleston (SC) Symphony Orchestra, and played at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Italy and the Spoleto Festival USA.

For over a decade Mr. Rafanelli has served on the Board of Directors of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras (he is also an Alumnus from the 1980’s) and is a strong proponent of Arts in education. For 16 years he served on the faculty of the University of Puget Sound, where he was the Affiliate Artist in bassoon. In October of 2021 he joined the faculty of the University of Washington as Artist in Residence.

Mr. Rafanelli was born in Seattle in 1963 and received his training at the University of Washington, Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School. He is fluent in Italian and also speaks some German. His bassoon was custom made by the Wilhelm Heckel Co. in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1986.

oboe instructor Dan Williams

Dan Williams is one of Seattle’s most sought-after performers, as soloist, orchestral musician, teacher and recording artist. He is principal oboist of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, and has also served as principal oboist of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. He held the same positions in the Harrisburg (PA) and Binghamton (NY) Symphonies. He has also played principal oboe with the Seattle Symphony and the Seattle Opera. Of his 1996 performance of Bach’s Double Concerto with Joseph Silverstein and the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, the Seattle Times reported that "oboist Dan Williams poured out waves of beautiful tone with considerable musicality." In a 1999 review of the Vaughan-Williams Oboe concerto, the Bellingham Herald described Williams as "a consummate player, in easy command of those subtle shades of color and phrase that can let the oboe approach the expressive range of the human voice. It was a performance to melt your heart."

Mr. Williams currently teaches oboe at the University of Puget Sound, and has served on the faculties of Western Washington University and the University of Washington School of Music.

A native of Seattle, Dan Williams received his musical training at the Juilliard School and at Western Washington University, where he was voted most Outstanding Graduate by the music faculty.