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Saturday, May 15, 2021 | 2 p.m. Pacific

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Jerry Simas
Unlocking the Mozart Clarinet Concerto

How do you approach a masterpiece? In this master class, we’ll explore the pathway from traditions, rules, and expectations to a deeper appreciation of the music, in order to create a more personal and artistic performance.

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About the Mentor

Clarinetist Jerome Simas joined the San Francisco Symphony in 2012, is professor of clarinet and chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a coach for the SFS Youth Orchestra. He has held principal clarinet positions in orchestras throughout the greater Bay Area and is solo clarinetist with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. He received degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, attended the Marlboro Music and Tanglewood music festivals, and won first prize at the International Clarinet Society Young Artist Competition and grand prize winner at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Workshop Materials

Examples of public domain scores and solo parts from IMSLP

Peters – Clarinet in A

Scanned part – Basset Clarinet in A

Kalmus score

Barenreiter score

(recommended for purchase)

For listening

    Recommended recordings

    Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood conductor, Antony Pay clarinet (period instruments)
    Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Peter Oundjian conductor, Martin Frost clarinet
    Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan conductor, Karl Leister clarinet
    Berlin Philharmonic, Claudio Abbado conductor, Sabine Meyer clarinet
    Cleveland Orchestra, Cristophe von Dochnanyi conductor, Franklin Cohen clarinet
    Cleveland Orchestra, Georg Szell conductor, Robert Marcellus clarinet
    Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz conductor, David Schifrin clarinet
    Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Charles Neidich clarinet
    Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz conductor Jon Manasse clarinet

    Czech Philharmonic, Manfred Honeck conductor, Sharon Kam clarinet

    Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Cornelius Meister, conductor, Arngunnur Árnadóttir, clarinet

    London Mozart Players, Michael Collins conductor and clarinet soloist

    Vienna Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein conductor, Peter Schmidl clarinet

    For those who wish to practice - piano accompaniment for A clarinet (original)

    1st Movement – Allegro

    2nd movement – Adagio

    3rd movement – Rondo

    For those who wish to practice - piano accompaniment for B-flat clarinet (transposed)

    1st Movement – Allegro

    2nd movement – Adagio

    3rd movement – Rondo

    Thank you to our master class participants


    I – Allegro: Rachel Dusenbury
    II – Adagio: Jimmée Greco
    III – Rondo:  Kathy Boster