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After the turkey, save room for Claremont Symphony Orchestra’s concert

By in Press Enterprise on November 23, 2017

By Sherli Leonard

Claremont Symphony Orchestra has many traditions, and one will be celebrated Sunday with a 3:30 p.m. concert at Bridges Hall of Music on the Pomona College campus in Claremont.

“This concert is a wonderful way for our audience to end a lovely long Thanksgiving holiday weekend,” said orchestra president Cecilia Cloughly. “It’s beautiful classical and romantic music and the hall is beautiful.”

An ensemble of up to 70 musicians, the Claremont Symphony Orchestra will perform Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, known as “The Pathétique.” According to Cloughly, both pieces were among the final works that each composer wrote.

Clarinetist Gary Bovyer will solo for the Mozart concerto. Bovyer is principal clarinetist of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Orange County’s Mozart Classical Orchestra, the Los Angeles Master Chorale Sinfonia and the Santa Monica Symphony.

“Bovyer is very well-known in the Los Angeles area,” said Cloughly. “He will be performing on a basset horn, which is the instrument for which Mozart composed the concerto. This instrument has a darker sound than today’s clarinets. It’s very rare to hear one.”

The concerto has been called the most famous of wind concertos, with its “gentle peace and unassuming virtuosity,” Cloughly said.

Musicologists generally understand that Tchaikovsky himself called his Sixth Symphony “the best thing I have ever composed,” Cloughly said, even while many experts speculate that Tchaikovsky was focused on his own declining health and personal problems.

“It’s an unusual symphonic structure,” she added. “The third movement is bombastic and marchlike, while the final movement is very quiet, slow and lamenting. Usually, symphonies end with a big and bold statement. Tchaikovsky created a new shape for the symphony, and it is beautiful, luscious music.

Claremont Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1953 by George Benes, as an extension of the music program of the Claremont public schools. […]    

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