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February 24th, 2011 · 2 Comments · music

I’ve been having some incredible luck with Carnegie Hall this year!

I was asked about assisting with a webcast from Carnegie Hall for – an IPTV station that specializes in Classical Music Concerts. It’s terrific that there are media outlets still around that care about such content. Some of you may know that I am the Grandson of “the Babe Ruth of Classical Clarinet” – Ralph McLane. Interestingly my Grandfather’s last concert was at Carnegie Hall in 1951 before he died of some form of cancer (we can never get a straight answer out of my father Armand) at the all too young age of 46.

The show was for Il Giardino Armonico, a pioneering Italian early music ensemble founded in Milan in 1985 by Luca Pianca and Giovanni Antonini, primarily to play 17th- and 18th-century music on period instruments. The Baroque period lasted from 1600 to 1750 after the Renaissance. The word “baroque” came from the Portuguese word barroco, meaning “misshapen pearl”. Composers of the baroque era include Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, Alessandro Scarlatti, Antonio Vivaldi, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Arcangelo Corelli, Claudio Monteverdi, Jean-Philippe Rameau and Henry Purcell.

The webcast didn’t happen because there are still issues that need to be worked out with the Unions at the Venue but I was treated to a pair of the best seats in the house – 6th Row Center courtesy Medici’s Founder Herve Boissiere.

I wish there was video of this show…….

But I did find something online for all of you to enjoy.

Meanwhile get this record on Amazon if you can. Here’s a clip.

Il Giardino Armonico at Carnegie Hall

Il Giardino Armonico at Carnegie Hall

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  • Rick Muraida

    My name is Rick Muraida, a clarinetist from the Boston area. I studied with one of your grandfather’s pupils, Harold Wright. To my knowledge, the last concert your grandfather performed was the Concerto for Clarinet, Strings and Harp by Aaron Copland. (

    In addition, what I have heard from a couple of sources (a classmate of his at the New England Conservatory and a colleague of his in the Philadelphia Orchestra) was that he had stomach cancer.

    I am not sure if you know this but your grandfather originally spelled his last name differently, MacLean or McLean. My source in the Philadelphia Orchestra didn’t know why as most people called him “Mac”. (fyi: He was born in Lynn, MA.)

    You’re right, he was truly a legendary clarinetist, who died much too young and whose artistry is still much admired.
    Feel free to contact me offline.


  • admin

    Hi Rick,

    Thanks for your thoughtful post. Please contact me offline at


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