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Claremont Clarinet Festival begins June 16 [Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (CA)]

June 8, 2013

YellowBrix

CLAREMONT -- Now in its eighth year as a summer festival, the Claremont Clarinet Festival returns to the Pomona College campus June 16-22, presenting 14 solo clarinetists in four public concerts of blockbusters of the clarinet repertoire.

Featured guest artists will be San Francisco-based bass clarinet duo, SQWONK, a group which "pushes the envelope of what bass clarinet music can be," according to Clarinet Magazine.

SQWONK will perform "New Music for Clarinet Ensembles" on June 21 at 8 p.m. in the Mabel Bridges Hall of Music, both in a set of their own repertoire and in a new concerto by Jonathan Russell in which the bass duo will be accompanied by the participant clarinet choir.

The opening concert of the Festival is June 16, at 2:30 p.m. in Mabel Bridges Hall of Music. The festival's founders, Margaret Thornhill, festival director and clarinet coach and Twyla Meyer, pianist/coach will perform works by Josef Horowitz and Takahaski Yoshimatsu, and will be joined by Ray Tischer, violist, in trios by Mozart and Bruch.

This year's participants are young artists, adult chamber musicians, music educators, and performance graduates of San Francisco Conservatory, California State Universities, Cal Arts, Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA, Stanford University, California Lutheran University, and Louisiana State University who spend a week of performance and study with the festival director, Margaret Thornhill, and her guests.

"This is a unique event in Southern California" says Thornhill. "If you love great clarinet music, these concerts are for you."

Admission is free.

The schedule:

* June 16, 2:30 p.m. "Festival Faculty Recital" Mabel Bridges Hall of Music. Margaret Thornhill, clarinet; Twyla Meyer, piano; Ray Tischer, viola,

* June 20, 8 p.m., "Clarinet Masterworks." Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Center. Festival artists Steven Daniel Feiler, Chelsea Howell, Christin Hablewitz, Gwen Hutchings, Richard Jernigan, Joseph Limacher, Nicolina Logan, Andres Meza, Hongsik Park, Jorge Sotelo, and Julian Valderrama perform Brahms, Hindemith, Weber, Lutoslawski, Martinu, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Muczynski, Bernstein, Poulenc, William O. Smith,Aaron Copland, and an orginal work by Christin Hablewitz for clarinet and tabla.

* June 21. Noon recital. Lyman Hall. Festival artists Chelsea Howell and Gwen Hutchings accompanied by Twyla Meyer, perform Robert Muczysnki's "Time Pieces" and Aaron Copland's clarinet concerto.

* June 21 8 p.m. "New Music for Clarinet Ensembles." Mabel Bridges Hall of Music. Guest artists SQWONK perform alone and with a 15-member clarinet choir in the West Coast premiere of Jonathan Russell's "Concerto for two bass clarinets."

* June 22, 2:30 p.m. "Clarinet Matinee." Festival artists in works by Bozza, Kibbe, Brahms, Debussy, Copland, Sutermeister, Erland Koch, Arnold Bax, Louis Cahuzac, and Lou Harrison.

Lyman Recital Hall in the Thatcher Music Center and Mabel Bridges Hall of Music are near the corner of College Avenue and Fourth Street.

Information: 310-464-7653.

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