BRENDEN GUY — British Clarinetist In Concert, June 2nd

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Sean Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
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British clarinetist Brenden Guy presents “An Evening of English Music” on Thursday, June 2nd at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist in San Francisco (110 Julian Avenue, near 15th Street). An enthusiastic champion of English music, Mr. Guy’s program juxtaposes well-known works such as Gerald Finzi’s Five Bagatelles with seldom heard works from well-known composers such as Britten and Holst.  In addition, Mr. Guy introduces audiences to composers Herbert Howells and Arnold Cooke whose works are rarely performed outside the UK.
The program is free to the public with a suggested donation at the door of $10-$20 to assist the building fund.

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BRENDEN GUY

Soprano Indre Viskontas joins Brenden Guy in Arnold Cooke’s Three Songs of Innocence for soprano, clarinet and piano. Equally at home in contemporary and classical opera, Ms. Viskontas has received accolades for her “bell-like timbre” and “winsome stage presence” and performs regularly in the Bay Area with groups such as Vocallective of which she is a founding member. Joining them is San Francisco Conservatory of Music staff accompanist and pianist of Nonsemble 6, Ian Scarfe. San Francisco based Valinor Winds, a quintet formed at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, will perform Holst’s Quintet in A-flat Major. Well known for a few major works, Holst wrote more than 200 chamber works and many more which were lost. The whereabouts of this 1903 work was unknown until 1978 when it was discovered in the Surrey History Centre.

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INDRE VISKONTAS

Benjamin Britten’s rarely performed work Sinfonietta concludes the program. The Sinfonietta was Britten’s first published work, written in just under three weeks in the summer of 1932, in the composer’s early days as a student at the Royal College of Music. Brenden Guy conducts a small orchestra comprised of accomplished chamber musicians, including graduates of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and led by violinist Kevin Rogers, also a member of Nonsemble 6. Also featured are San Francisco Conservatory of Music staff accompanists Keisuke Nakagoshi and Yeo Jin Seol.

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Arnold Bax – Benjamin Britten – Arnold Cooke

“It has always been an ambition of mine to promote the lesser known works of composers from my home country,” says Brenden Guy, who has performed alongside acclaimed violist and pianist Paul Hersh in a San Francisco Conservatory Faculty Artist Recital Series showcasing the music of English composer Arnold Bax and has also given an entire recital of works written specifically for clarinet by English composers. “As a British musician working to find my own musical voice, I feel a certain kinship with these composers whose music is rarely performed. I am grateful to my musical colleagues for working alongside me to help audiences meet new composers and experience new music from those British composers they already know well.”

BRENDEN GUY, a native of England, has performed throughout Great Britain, Europe and the United States. During his travels, he has performed at such prestigious venues as the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Hall and Carnegie Hall under such esteemed conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Marin Alsop and Yan Pascal Tortelier. He took up the clarinet at age eight and began studying professionally in 2001. His education includes degrees from the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Timothy Lines, former principal clarinet of the London Symphony Orchestra; the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with internationaly acclaimed clarinetist David Krakauer and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Luis Baez of the San Francisco Symphony. Brenden Guy made his professional orchestral debut with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, UK and has since gone on to play with them as a regular substitute. He has also performed with Parnassus Symphony, the A40 Orchestra, the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

THE PROGRAM
FINZI: Five Bagatelles
COOKE: Three Songs of Innocence
HOLST: Quintet in Ab Major, op.14   
HOWELLS: Sonata
BRITTEN: Sinfonietta, op.1 for small chamber orchestra

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Gerald Finzi – Gustav Holst – Herbert Howells

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