August 19, 2017Recording project underway in GermanyIn August, Mara and accordionist, Ina Henning recorded Suite Im Hexachord originally composed for Accordion and Clarinet in Bauer Studios in Ludwigsberg, Germany. The Suite is part of a collection of Stefan Wolpe's chamber music compositions. The album is to be released in 2018.
February 21, 2017Presentation on Movement for Musicians at Sonoma State UniversityThis presentation will be from 12-2pm. As a musician and a pilates instructor, I am continuously balancing a rigorous musical rehearsal schedule and self-care. A huge part of my self-care is my Pilates and yoga practice. Bringing focus onto physical well being enhances performance in daily activities as well as our performance on stage as musicians. This presentation will be for first-year students at Sonoma State University in California, emphasizing music and pilates and how musicians can use it to improve their strength and posture.
July 18, 2016Clarinet Clinics at Pacific Music Camp at the University of the PacificMara will give three clarinet clinics from July 18th - 20th for Pacific Music Camp participants to help students hone their skills on clarinet tone, technique, and sight reading.
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September 23, 2015Mara receives Doctorate in Musical Arts from University of TorontoSince commencement at University of Toronto, I am happy to say that my doctoral dissertation is now live on TSpace. Feel free to take a look. My research examines the current performance practice of ballet excerpts for clarinet from five ballets: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, and Cinderella. Research has been published on the performance practice of symphonic orchestra and opera repertoire for clarinet, however, there is a paucity of research that examines the current performance practice techniques of orchestral ballet clarinet excerpts. The methodology of this research consisted of identifying major orchestral ballet clarinet excerpts in the canon and interviewing five experienced principal clarinetists in North American ballet orchestras. There are some great excerpts for clarinet throughout the dissertation as well as great tips from the orchestral ballet clarinetists interviewed for this project. Please let me know what you think about my research!
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September 23, 2015Recipient of Ontario Arts Council Professional Development GrantThank you to the OAC for granting me this wonderful opportunity to study with woodwind doublers in Toronto and New York City. I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to receive such a prestigious grant and looking forward to my project! Will post more as the project gets underway.
http://www.arts.on.ca/site4.aspx
July 25, 2015Mara with Metro Big Band @ Beaches Jazz Festival Streetfest!Big Band swing and vocal favourites including Mara featured on some tunes made famous by clarinetist, Artie Shaw! Located at 2114 Queen St. East, Toronto, ON.
http://beachesjazz.com
July 13, 2015Clarinet Clinics at Pacific Music CampMara will give three clinics from July 13th - 15th for Pacific Music Camp participants to help students hone their skills on clarinet tone, technique, and sight reading.
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May 22, 2015Interview with Community Arts Reporter, Lise Hosein on JazzFM 91.1 @ 9am ESTMara discusses her experience as a new Canadian citizen and being a freelance musician in an interview with Lise Hosein.
http://www.jazz.fm/index.php/on-air-mainmenu
March 31, 2015Converging PathsOn Tuesday, March 31st at 7:30pm, the Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative will present both the exciting world premiere of three new compositions, conducted by guest conductor Shalom Bard (Toronto Symphony Orchestra Resident Conductor 2012-2014) and a collaborative performance with renowned guest artist from Montreal, Saeed Kamjoo, Iranian Kamanche virtuoso. Supporting the evening's debut are the Toronto Arts Council, co-sponsors the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto and partners the North York Arts and Koffler Center of the Arts.

The evening will reflect the encounter of Israeli-Jewish and Iranian cultures through original compositions by collective members Parisa Sabet, Dan Deutsch and Noam Lemish. These pieces incorporate Jewish and Persian traditional music, the poetry of renowned Iranian poet Omar Khayyám and Israeli popular songs. Highlighting the event will be composer-performers Lemish and Deutsch, on piano and tenor saxophone, teaming up with guest Saeed Kamjoo, Kamanche, for a powerful improvisatory exploration of traditional music from Israel and Iran.

The project presents the fruitful possibilities of cross-cultural musical collaboration. In a statement from co-artistic director Dan Deutsch: "this project reaches out to the Jewish, Israeli, and Iranian communities as well as the broader Canadian society, promoting a cultural and artistic dialogue for audience members as well as for the performing participants."

http://www.i-equal-i.com
March 15, 201544th Annual Juno AwardsPerformers set to rock the JUNO stage include 2015 Canadian Music Hall of Fame Inductee Alanis Morissette, Hamilton rockers Arkells, electronic music phenomenon deadmau5, multi-platinum hit-makers Hedley, retro-electro dance starlet Kiesza, electro-pop artist Lights, rock-reggae collective MAGIC!, rockers Sam Roberts Band, international breakout sensation Shawn Mendes, and multi-platinum selling artist The Weeknd.
http://junoawards.ca
March 1, 2015Clarinet Day 2015 at University of TorontoMaster class with James Campbell, 10am – noon, 1 – 3 pm. You must apply to perform and all are welcome to observe.
Afternoon Reading Session for all Clarinet Day participants
Play through a wide variety of music for clarinet ensembles, led by Michele Jacot, Artistic Director of the Wychwood Clarinet Choir.
Culminating concert featuring the Wychwood Clarinet Choir, the University of Toronto Clarinet Ensemble, and James Campbell.
All-day Trade Show with Music Retailers

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February 20, 2015Toronto Concert Orchestra ConcertsTchaikovsky's Passion, Milton Centre for the Arts, February 20th
Tchaikovsky Spectacular, Barrie Concerts Series, February 21st

More Information on the Calendar page.

http://www.maraplotkin.com/calendar.php
June 1, 2012Piedmont Press Review"The piece and the performers were united in purpose. Beautiful tone, perfection of technique, instrumental balance and lofty musicality were but a few of the attributes. All was lithe and dexterous."

-Joseph Gold
Piedmont Post