Valley Performing Arts Center

Music from Brahms’ Last Years for clarinet & piano

Sunday, October 22, 2017



Sunday, October 22, 2017


8:00 pm - 9:45 pm


Music from Brahms’ Last Years for clarinet & piano


Bridges Hall of Music
150 E. 4th St
Claremont, CA


Gary Bovyer, clarinet and Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano offer a program with the composer’s two Clarinet Sonatas and two late solo piano masterpieces. The two clarinet sonatas are Brahms’ last pieces of chamber music, written when he was 61 in 1894. To put these sonatas in a context we want to present them with two examples of his late solo piano masterpieces from the same period.

Genevieve Feiwen Lee is known for being a versatile performer of music that spans five centuries–thrilling audiences on the piano, harpsichord, toy piano, keyboard, and electronics. Since this Grammy-nominated pianist’s first engagement at the age of 12 with the York Symphony, she has appeared with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra (Brazil), the Vratza State Philharmonic (Bulgaria), and The Orchestra of Northern New York. She has presented solo piano recitals at Merkin Concert Hall (NY), and the Salle Gaveau in Paris and has appeared in as a member of the Garth Newel Piano Quartet in Carnegie Hall.

Gary Bovyer, “a virtuosic and passionate soloist” according to the Los Angeles Times, is principal clarinetist of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and is the co-director of the LBSO’s “Sounds & Spaces” chamber music and architecture series. Recently he recorded Steve Reich’s The Daniel Variations on Nonesuch and is also featured in James Newton’s Sacred Music on New World Records. He has been an active clarinetist in the Los Angeles recording studios for over 25 years. He is clarinet instructor at Pomona College, Claremont. Gary was a student of Joe Allard at The Juilliard School and has recently published a book of Mr. Allard’s technical studies for the clarinet.

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