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Twenty-ninth Season Performers

Ayke Agus

Mark Carlson

Judith Farmer

Joshua Garcia
clarinet, bass clarinet

Gary Gray

Dawn Hamilton

Connie Kupka
violin, viola

Nicolina Logan

Edith Orloff

David Speltz


Gary Gray, clarinet

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Clarinetist Gary Gray enjoys a versatile career as a concert artist, studio musician, and professor of clarinet and chamber music at UCLA. He received his BM and MM degrees from Indiana University, where he studied clarinet with Henry Gulick and Robert McGinnis and chamber music with Janos Starker. The Los Angeles Times wrote of a recent concert, "Gray handled the clarinet solos with stunning ease and as mellow and gorgeous a sound as may be possible on his instrument." Formerly Principal Clarinetist of LACO, comments such as "Gray astonished with his liquid clarinet solos" were frequent in the press. As a soloist, his concerto CD with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was nominated for a Grammy Award, and his CD of music for clarinet and piano, recorded in London with Clifford Benson, has also been a best seller for Centaur Records.

His most recent recording for Centaur Records includes two Romantic masterworks for clarinet and chamber ensemble: the Brahms Quintet Op. 115 and Dohnanyi's Sextet Op. 37. For this project Gray collaborated with the New Hollywood Quartet, pianist, Robert Thies, and french hornist, Richard Todd.

Gray is a founding member/performer of Pacific Serenades and was a Faculty Artist at the Aspen Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, the Sedona Chamber Music Festival, and the Aria Music Academy. The summer of 2005, he joined the Alexander Quartet to perform and teach at the CSU Summer Arts chamber ensemble workshop. Gray has been a member of the St. Louis Symphony and performed with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and has been soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, and LACO, among others.

He has collaborated with Aaron Copland, Malcolm Arnold, Benjamin Britten, Pierre Boulez, and Igor Stravinsky, as well as recording film scores with John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Henry Mancini, Thomas Newman, Bruce Broughton, and Don Davis, among many others.

Concerts featuring Gary Gray:
2015 A Potpourri/PacSer, the Next Generation
2013 Currents
2012 Scattering
2012 Aloud & Proud: chamber music by lesbian and gay composers
2011 25/102
2010 Mixed Up World
2009 Music among friends
2008 Dark woods and gleaming cities
2007 We all inhabit this small planet
2006 Out of bounds
2005 "Music, when soft voices die, vibrates in the memory." -Percy Bysshe Shelley
2004 From sage-filled canyons and verdant rivers
2004 Blue waves, snowy peaks
2003 The splendor of virtuosity
2002 on a loom of light and shadow
2001 A Cascade of Gemstones
2000 Through Mist and Shadow
2000 Aria in Woods and Metals
1999 The Garden of Celestial Delights
1998 Old First Concerts presents Pacific Serenades
1998 Summer Fire, Autumn Embers
1997 The Three B's...(and a little Messiaen)
1996 When playful and serious meet
1995 Carnegie Hall Recital
1995 The Late Romantic and the romantic 20th century
1994 Untitled
1993 Untitled
1992 Untitled
1991 Untitled
1990 Untitled
1990 Untitled
1989 Untitled
1988 Clarinet Quintet
1988 Mixed Ensemble
1987 Mixed Ensemble

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