10th annual Clarinet Festival returns to Claremont

CLAREMONT >>> The 10th annual Claremont Clarinet Festival returns to the Pomona College campus June 14-20, presenting 13 solo clarinetists in three free concerts of the clarinet repertoire.

This year’s participants are young artists, adult chamber musicians, and music educators, who are clarinet performance majors and graduates of California Institute of the Arts, Duquesne University (Pennsylvania), Belmont University (Tennessee), the University of Puget Sound (Washington), the University of Redlands, the Hartt School of Music (Connecticut), the University of Toronto (Canada) and Ithaca College (New York), according to a festival news release.

The opening concert of the festival is June 18, an evening of “New Music for Clarinet Ensembles” at 8 p.m. in the Mabel Bridges Hall of Music. Dr. Wendy Mazon, festival assistant director, conducts a clarinet choir of participants in a new work, “Mexican Fantasies,” by West Coast composer Mike Curtis; Japanese composer Kazuhio Morita’s original clarinet octet, “The Gifts of Kumamoto Folksong”; John Mackey’s “Strange Humors” for clarinets and djembe (African drum), and the premiere of a new arrangement by Christin Hablewitz of the classic Afro-Cuban danzon by Ernesto Lecuona, “Y la negra bailaba!” for clarinets and conga, as well as works for smaller ensembles.

“Clarinet Masterworks” on June 19, at 8 p.m. and a “Clarinet Matinee” on June 20 at 2:30 p.m., feature participants performing in duos with piano and solos for clarinet alone. Both recitals are in Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Center.

Composers for clarinet and piano music being performed will include Brahms, Debussy, Lutoslawski, Martinu, Schumann, Gaubert, Bozza and St. Saens. Works for unaccompanied clarinet include 20th century composers Stravinsky, Osborne, Martino, Kovacs, Denisov and Okamura.

Lyman Recital Hall in the Thatcher Music Center and Mabel Bridges Hall of Music are located near the southwest corner of College Avenue and Fourth street in Claremont. There is free parking in a campus structure at Columbia and Second streets, near the end of Bonita, and disabled access at Fourth Street.

Information: 310-464-7653 or www.claremontclarinetfestival.com

Source: Daily Bulletin