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Arts at Noon Series: Marlais/Campbell Duo

Arts at Noon Series: Marlais/Campbell Duo

Date and Time

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


  • Cook-DeWitt Center


The Arts at Noon Series continues with a duo of GVSU Music Faculty: Helen Marlais and Arthur Campbell.  This concert is free and open to the public.

International Classical Music Award Nominee’s clarinetist Arthur Campbell and pianist Helen Marlais bring a program of Romantic Masterworks to Arts at Noon.  The Campbell Marlais duo will perform three extraordinary works by Robert Schumann, Carl Maria von Weber and Johannes Brahms.  Fonoforum, Europe's leading classical music journal writes, "Campbell’s and Marlais’ playing is always exact, elegant, without excess. The beauty of this genuinely joint playing is so engaging that it seems to lack for nothing.” 

Dr. Helen Marlais has been recognized literally throughout North America and around the world for her pedagogical expertise and her collaborative performances. Her performance schedule includes collaborative concerts throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Jamaica, Australia, Italy, Austria, France, England, Germany, Hungary, Turkey, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, and China with her husband, virtuoso clarinetist Arthur Campbell.  She has presented piano teacher workshops in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, (including Steinway Hall in New York City), North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.), Wisconsin, Wyoming; New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia, Canada. In the past few years alone she has given 16 international piano teacher presentations:  five in Australia (Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, and Sydney), two in New Zealand (Auckland and Hamilton), two in Taiwan (Taipei City, and Taichung City), and seven in South Korea (including Seoul, Busan, and Daegu).  

Helen has recorded on Audite, Gasparo, and Centaur record labels with Arthur Campbell and their most recent recording, Music for Clarinet and Piano, was nominated for the 2013 International Classical Music Awards, one of the most prestigious distinctions available to classical musicians today. The same recording won Record of the Month from Stereo Magazine in 2012. Marlais has also recorded numerous educational piano CD’s for Stargrass Records®.  She has performed with members of the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Grand Rapids, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Beijing National Symphony Orchestras, and has premiered many new works by contemporary composers from the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Reviews in preeminent classical music publications over the past two decades have consistently celebrated Arthur Campbell as one of the world's leading clarinet virtuosos. Campbell was nominated with his wife pianist Helen Marlais, for the 2013 International Classical Music Awards, one of the most prestigious distinctions available to classical musicians today.

Spring 2012 saw Germany's classical music magazine Fono Forum select the Campbell/Marlais duo for the "Star of the Month" award, and Stereo Magazine selected their most recent recording as "CD of the Month". In 2010, The New York Times hailed Campbell as an "eloquent soloist" following his Merkin Hall concerto debut. His recording Brahms: Clarinet Chamber Music, won critics choice awards in Luxembourg, France, and Spain and critical acclaim throughout North America and Europe. Campbell has received rave reviews in the American Record Guide, Fanfare Magazine, The Clarinet, Opus Magazine (France), Ensemble Magazine (Germany), FonoForum (Germany), Stereo Magazine, Audiophile Audition,,, International Record Review, Scherzo Magazine (Spain), Cd Compact (Spain),, Le Monde de la Musique (France), Pizzicato Magazine (Luxembourg), and Diverdi (Spain). Visit: to read reviews.

Campbell received the Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University, where he studied with renowned clarinetist and pedagogue Robert Marcellus. Campbell has won several international and national competitions and holds the distinction of being one of only three people ever to have completed a doctoral degree as a student of the late Marcellus. A native of Canada, Campbell grew up in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick where he studied at the Mount Allison University Conservatory of Music. Home base is now Grand Rapids Michigan with his wife, pianist and renowned piano pedagogue, Dr. Helen Marlais. Campbell is Artist Faculty and Professor of Music at Grand Valley State University, where he has built a thriving studio of clarinet students from around the corner to around the globe. Dr. Campbell was named the 2013 GVSU Alumni Association Outstanding Educator.

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