Sound Effects: Music at MOCA

Thursday, December 5 • 7 p.m.

Sound Effects returns with Clarinetissimo! featuring guest artist Marci Gurnow in an exciting program displaying the versatility and virtuosity of the clarinet. Rhonda and Philip are also delighted to welcome back pianist Jihye Chang. Join us for a fun and informal concert and engage in a dialogue with the performers. This unique opportunity is appropriate for all tastes and ages. Our previous concert sold out, so please RSVP to reserve your seat!

Cash bar preceding the performance from 5-7 p.m. Free and open to the public.


Love Café Nola?

Make an evening of it! Reserve your spot in advance of the concert at 366-6911 × 231 for our special three course prix fixe menu:

  • Appetizer (House Salad, Cup of Soup, Flatbread, or Glass of House Wine
  • Select Entrées (Shrimp & Grits, Pasta du Jour, Asian Noodle Salad, Seasonal Gnocchi, Short Rib Mac & Cheese)
  • Dessert du Jour



Meet the Performers

Rhonda Cassano on Flute

Rhonda Cassano has been a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra since 1979, is currently the flute instructor at the University of North Florida, and has served as flute instructor at Jacksonville University. She is an active recitalist and chamber musician, founder of Sound Effects at MOCA, Synergy Chamber Ensemble, the St. Johns Chamber Players and the St. Mark’s Bach Ensemble. She has appeared as a soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony on numerous occasions. She holds a Master of Music degree from Florida State University where she studied with Charlie DeLaney. In subsequent years she studied with Geoffrey Gilbert and William Bennett. In 1987 and 2000, she was a winner of the National Flute Association’s newly published music performer’s competition, and has appeared several times as soloist at the NFA conventions. She was awarded an artist-fellow to the 1989 Bach Aria Festival and has participated in the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival and the Colorado Music Festival.

She is a certified Andover Educator and teacher of Body Mapping, a system developed to help musicians perform with efficient, graceful, coordinated and effective movement.


Jihye Chang on Piano

Pianist Jihye Chang has appeared as soloist and collaborative artist in venues throughout the United States, Canada, Korea, Brazil, Costa Rica, Honduras and France. Together with violinist Benjamin Sung, Ms. Chang is one of the recipients of the 2009 Aaron Copland Fund Recording Grant. They recorded four pieces for violin and piano by young American composers, three of which were written for them, and it was released on Albany Record in June 2013. She was also the first winner of the Mikhashoff International Competition for Pianist-Composer Collaboration in 2008. Other awards and honors include the Henry Kohn Award for outstanding achievement at the Tanglewood Music Center, an Honorary Fellowship from the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, the President’s Award from Seoul National University, and the Grand Prize from the Samick Piano Competition, Korea. As a recording artist, she has released several commercial CDs including “Piano for Easy Listening” on Sony/ BMG Korea, “Classics for Children” on Seoul Record, Korea, and a solo piano collection for children (“I am Piano”) from Universal Korea.

Ms. Chang holds the degrees of Doctor of Music and Master of Music in Piano Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of György Sebök, Reiko Neriki, and Edward Auer. She received her Bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Seoul National University, where she studied with Jungkyu Kim. She also had the privilege to study with Emanuel Ax, Marc Durand, Robert Levin, Yo Yo Ma, Ursula Oppens, and John Perry at the Tanglewood Music Center Banff Centre’s Chamber Music Residency, Orford Festival, and Sarasota Music Festival. Currently she resides in sunny Tallahassee with her husband, violinist Benjamin Sung and their new baby, Aiden.


Marci Gurnow on Clarinet

Marci Gurnow has been the second and bass clarinetist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra since 2006. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Methodist University and holds a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University. Marci has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and Cincinnati Symphony, among others. She plays in the Bellingham Festival Orchestra in Washington during the summers as well as with her chamber music group in Chicago, the International Chamber Artists. In her free time, you can find Marci looking for her next challenge. She has run six marathons, including the Boston Marathon, and completed Ironman Arizona in 2012, a 140.6 mile endurance event. She also enjoys rock climbing, hiking and watching baseball. Marci is a Buffet Group Performing Artist and performs exclusively on Buffet Crampon clarinets.


Philip Pan on Violin

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Philip Pan has been a member of the orchestra since 1984. He earned a BM and a MM from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Dorothy DeLay, Jens Ellerman and Felix Galimir. He was one of the last proteges of William Kroll.

Philip and his wife, flutist Rhonda Cassano, founded the St. Mark’s Bach Ensemble, Synergy and Sound Effects at MOCA. He has been a regular performer at the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival and has also served as a visiting lecturer in violin at the University of Florida.

Often featured with the Jacksonville Symphony, Mr. Pan has also appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops, the Albany and Schenectady Symphonies, the Coastal Symphony of Georgia and the Gainesville Chamber Symphony.

Philip is a member of the Jacksonville band Canary in the Coalmine and maintains a very active schedule of playing and recording with a variety of local indie musicians.

As a mentor for youth, Philip has participated in Youth Leadership Jacksonville, Pine Forest’s Strings Across the Ages and Riverside Fines Arts’ Project Listen.

A sports enthusiast, he enjoys running, hiking, cycling, skiing and fencing.

Philip plays an 1837 August Bernardel, a five-string violin by William Ragsdale, a seven-string electric Viper by Wood Violins and bows by David Forbes.


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