An Evening with Brahms – Chamber Music Series at the Athenaeum

As part of the ongoing chamber music series, the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum welcomes Robert Thies (piano), Gary Bovyer (clarinet), and Roger Lebow (cello). This performance, “Brahms in His Last Years,” is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, September 15th.

Robert Thies is a concert pianist and chamber musician who has performed all over the world including the U.S., Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Bolivia, Hungary, Mexico, and New Zealand. He is the first American to have won the prestigious Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia, since 1958. Founder and artistic director of The Thies Consort, Thies continues to be active in chamber performances as well as symphony accompaniments.

Gary Bovyer is the principal clarinetist of the Long Beach Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and the Santa Monica Symphony, and a member of the Pacific Classical Winds, a period ensemble. Bovyer also has soloed with symphonies both in the United States and abroad. Previously, he was principal clarinetist with the Los Angeles Opera and a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Roger Lebow is on the faculty of Pomona College, Chapman University, and Claremont Graduate University. The former principal cellist of the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, he now performs with his chamber group, XTET, the Pasadena Symphony, and the LA Opera. In addition to numerous performances as soloist and in chamber groups, Lebow can be heard on local NPR stations as a classical music announcer.

The program for the evening includes Brahms’ Sonata in E-flat Major for Piano and Clarinet, Op. 120 no. 2; Drei Intermezzi, Op. 117; and Trio for Piano, Clarinet, and Cello, Op. 114.

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–Carlton Rueb ’11