There's something nice (and, okay, a bit snobby) about being able to say you heard a piece of music when it premiered. You can do just that at today's Quartetto Italiano di Clarinetti performance, a Moores School of Music A.I. Lack Series Recital event, which includes the United States premiere of Quartet for Clarinet. Adding a bit of Houston pride to the ambience is the fact that the piece was written by Robert Nelson, currently professor of music theory and composition at UH's Moores School of Music.
Organized in 1985, the Quartetto has spent the last 23 years making the rounds at music festivals and competitions around the world. The Quartetto (Giovanni Lanzine on alto clarinet, Carlo Franceschi on soprano clarinet, Maurizio Morganti on E-flat clarinet and Augusto Lanzini on bass clarinet) has three CDs and a ton of prizes to its credit. 7:30 p.m. University of Houston, Dudley Recital Hall, 4800 Calhoun. For information, call 713-743-3313 or visit www.music.uh.edu. Free.
Mon., Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., 2008