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Scheherazade Showcase


Scott Speck, conductor

Matt Beck, marimba

Clinton McCanless, tuba

Friday November 02 at 7:30 pm*

Frauenthal Theater

* this event has passed

Tickets: $24, $30, $47, $60
Students: $10

Season tickets also available >

Matt Beck, Clint McCanless, Scheherazade Showcase

Normally they’re at the back of the ensemble lending color and weight, but this time we’re putting the marimba and tuba in the spotlight. You’ll be amazed by Matt and Clinton, two of our talented musicians, as they showcase their instruments from high to low end! Nearly everyone gets a solo during Scheherazade—including violin, clarinet, oboe and horn to name a few.


Kevin Puts Marimba Concerto
Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade


Join us for a FREE Lunch n’ Learn event about Scheheradzade Showcase on Wed, Oct 31, Noon @ The Block. Click for more info >

Matt Beck
Matthew Beck currently serves as Principal Percussionist with four orchestras: the West Michigan Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Battle Creek Symphony, and Canton Symphony (OH). He has appeared as an extra percussionist with over a dozen other orchestras throughout the Midwest. Mr. Beck received his BM from the Cleveland Institute of Music and he graduated with a MM from DePaul University. His primary teachers performed with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony. Beck has performed on five continents and spent his summers at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Pacific Music Festival (Japan), and the Spoleto USA Festival.

Clinton McCanless
Clinton McCanless is Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Louisville. An active soloist and chamber musician, he is a past first prize-winner at the International Tuba Euphonium Association solo competition and the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba competition. Mr. McCanless has been featured as a soloist with the Chicago Brass Band, Michigan State University Wind Symphony, the ITEC Festival Orchestra, and Muskingum Valley Symphonic Winds in Ohio, as well as with student ensembles at the University of Louisville. He has performed with the internationally active Dallas Brass, the Tuba Bach chamber festival, and is currently a member of the Louisville Brass, the faculty brass quintet at the University of Louisville. Mr. McCanless is also currently principal tuba with the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra.

An active educator and clinician, Professor McCanless has taught at summer programs at the University of Illinois, Michigan State University, and at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. In addition to teaching at the University of Louisville, he has served on the faculties of Oakland University and Spring Arbor University in Michigan, and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Mr. McCanless holds an undergraduate degree in Music Education, and a Masters of Music Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts at Michigan State University.