World-renowned clarinetist Julian Bliss will bring his talents, once seen from inside Buckingham Palace, to the streets of UCF for two days of teaching, learning and fun musical activities.

Bliss will be participating in three events from Feb. 26 to Feb. 27. On the first day of his visit, Bliss will play alongside the UCF Wind Ensemble for a Friday night concert before he transitions into his Saturday performances for UCF Clarinet Day and the Youth Band of Orlando.

“Bliss is currently regarded as one of the finest clarinetists in the world, and we are fortunate to have him joining us for a few days,” said Scott Tobias, the director of bands at UCF.

Bliss will play his first performance of his visit at Winter Park High School Feb. 26, 7 p.m., where he will perform solo works from Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 2. The rest of the program will feature works by the composers Taruya, Ticheli, Balmages and Tchaikovsky.

On the following day, the 26th annual UCF Clarinet Day will sound off from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. inside the UCF Rehearsal Hall Auditorium, room 116. Registration for the event will begin at noon, and the day will feature activities for high school, college and community clarinet players. During the event, Bliss will teach a masterclass for the UCF Clarinet studio and also will be the guest speaker for the day.

“With Bliss’ performance at UCF Clarinet Day, the audience will have the opportunity to hear his clarinet artistry of impressive technique and excellent musicianship,” said Keith Koons, a professor of music at UCF. “And with the masterclass, he will offer comments for the improvement and education for everyone attending.”


Evan Abramson is the Sports Editor for the Central Florida Future. You can follow him on Twitter at @Evan_Abramson or email him at

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