Roger Lebow, Baroque Cello, and Stephan Moss, Harpsichord

Sunday, February 2, 2020, 7 p.m.
Drinkward Recital Hall

A portrait in oil on canvas of six people who are gathered in a room filled with art. Two play the clavichord and baroque cello.
Johan Joseph Zoffany RA, The Gore Family with George, third Earl Cowper, ca. 1775. Oil on canvas. Credit: Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.


Sonata VI
(Six Solos, London, 1746)
Andrea Caporale
(mid 18th century)

Sonata, RV 44
   Allegro poco
Antonio Vivaldi

Suite, HWV 436
(Suites de pieces pour le clavecin, London, 1733)
   Air (Lentement)
   Gigue (Presto)
George Frideric Handel

Sonata, op. 2 no. 9
(Twelve Solos, London, 1750)
   Caccia (Vivace)
   Andante sostenuto
   Andante allegro
Giacomo Basevi Cervetto

Sonata, op. 5 no. 3
(VI Sonate di Violoncello, London, 1747)
Francesco Saverio Geminiani

Masterworks of the High Baroque from both sides of the English Channel: works for cello and harpsichord by Handel’s favorite London cellists, and by a couple of Parisians.

Cellist Roger Lebow’s concert life—whether solo and chamber performances, or with LA Opera—embraces repertoire from the 16th century to new music, which has led him to commission, premiere, and otherwise champion numerous cello works, and to help form the venerable LA new music collective XTET in 1986. Lebow was the founding cellist of the Armadillo String Quartet and the Clarion Trio, and he spent several years in Seattle with the Philadelphia String Quartet. His chamber music recordings appear on the Delos, New World, Wa­ter Lily Acoustics, Spectral Harmonies, and Albany labels. He was the cello teacher at Pomona College for 23 years, taught at Chapman University and Oc­cidental College, and was on the guest faculty at CalArts, UC Irvine and UC Bjoerling.

Pianist and harpsichordist Stephan Moss was a student of Teala Bellini and Preethi de Silva. He has also studied composition with Barney Childs and is a frequent chamber music collaborator in the Claremont area and accompanist in the violin studio at Scripps College. After receiving a DMA in harpsichord per­formance, he has been active as both an IT specialist and a musician. He has appeared as a soloist with Con Gioia in southern California and the Magic Valley Symphony in Idaho.

HMC is deeply grateful for the generous support that created The Ken Stevens ’61 Founding Class Concert Series.

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