The Music Festival is pleased to present the return of duo musicians, Peggy Lyon on piano and Gregory Dufford on clarinet. The duo will play a program of works by American composers, three of which are still living (Sargon, Rokeach and Miller).
As a tenured member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra from 1980 to 1998, Gregory performed with many of the world’s finest opera singers, including Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Kiri Te Kanawa, Montserrat Caballé, Mirella Freni, and many others. Mr. Dufford’s performing experience went well beyond the opera stage to include 13 years as Principal Clarinetist with one of America’s most respected contemporary music ensembles, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP). Mr. Dufford also served as Adjunct Faculty teaching clarinet at San Francisco State University and Stanford University, both for 15 years. As a woodwind doubler, Mr. Dufford performed with such notable jazz and pop artists as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Linda Ronstadt, Sarah Vaughan, Manhattan Transfer, Nelson Riddle, Burt Bacharach, Rosemary Clooney, Mel Torme, Lena Horne and many others.
Mr. Dufford holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts in Clarinet Performance from San Francisco State University. From 2000 to 2015, Mr. Dufford served on the music faculty of Metropolitan State University of Denver where he was Professor of Clarinet, Woodwind Area Coordinator, and taught courses ranging from Music Appreciation to Woodwind Techniques and Pedagogy. Now retired, Gregory Dufford is focusing his time performing clarinet recitals and collaborations in chamber music.
Peggy Lyon is a concert pianist whose playing has been described as “radiating beauty and an inner intensity of feeling which is simply overwhelming.” She has performed solo recitals in Austria, Peru, and major cities in the western United States, and has given world premieres of works by David Baker, Eugene Kurz and Istvan Hornyak. She has also performed concertos with orchestras in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, in Pullman, Washington, and in Denver, Golden, and Evergreen, Colorado. Lyon has recorded ten solo CD’s and five duo CD’s with clarinetist, Gregory Dufford. Her regular partners in duo music are Gregory Dufford, clarinetist, and Rodney Farrar, cellist.
Peggy studied piano and voice at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. She has a Masters in piano performance from Washington State University and a Masters in voice performance from the University of Denver. Peggy’s award-winning specialty is giving concerts with commentary about the music and the composers. Her talks are informative and humorous, and they are unique for including outrageous pronouncements of critics.
March 26 –Seicento Baroque Ensemble. Dixit Dominus is a showpiece for both chorus and soloists, an extraordinary tour-de-force. Experience the florid Italian side of G.F. Handel, composer of the well-loved Messiah. Seicento presents two of Handel’s early showpieces, Dixit Dominus and Laudate pueri Dominum.
Every concert series needs an excellent venue and the beautiful Stanley Hotel is the perfect mountain setting for an hour of wonderfully relaxing Sunday afternoon entertainment. We are grateful to the Stanley Hotel Management and staff for their incredible support and generosity. Music Festival attendees will receive a 20% discount for brunch or dinner on the day of the concert, courtesy of the Stanley Hotel Cascade Restaurant. Additional parking is available next to the Concert Hall and behind the Stanley Hotel.
Thank you to Bob’s Piano Service, our weekly and series sponsors, and the Griffin Foundation.
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