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CHAMBER REVIEW
Gualala Arts Chamber Music Series / Sunday, July 25, 2021
Roy Bogas, piano; Peter Wyrick and Mariko Hiraga, cello; Amy Hiraga, viola; Mayumi Wyrick and Sarn Oliver, violin

Pianist Roy Bogas

BOGAS' TENURE ENDS IN OUTDOOR GUALALA CHAMBER CONCERT

by Iris Lorenzfife
Sunday, July 25, 2021

The preconcert call that music lovers should gather at Gualala Arts July 25 to attend the final Roy Bogas and Friends Concert was not quite as dire as it sounded. It seems that a year of Covid 19 and an 88th birthday had combined to convince Mr. Bogas that he was working too hard. But with cellist Peter Wyrick on hand, a little persuasion meant that future summer concerts would be called “Peter Wyrick and Friends” Concerts and Roy Bogas will remain a good friend - and at the piano.

For this concert Mr. Wyrick brought together a delightful mix and family and musical friends, performing outside at the back of the Gualala Arts complex in the small amphitheater.

While sitting outdoors was both delightful and Covid 19 compliant, surrounded by redwoods and with several raptors dipping low for a listen-in, the audio was not quite up to quality acoustics of the indoor hall. First, the redwood siding on the back of the building absorbed the brightness of the sound, and one wonders why the concert organizers decided not to use with white shell which usually sits behind the musicians when indoors. Second, the performers were sheltered under a canopy that effectively pushed them into a tighter space and mushed the resulting sound.

Fortunately Dvorák's Piano Quintet in A, Opus 81, B155, has lots of variety in its four movements with excellent opportunities for each musician to shine. Mr. Bogas' piano sound at the back of the stage was less lively than usual, but distinctive. Violinist Mayumi Wyrick and cellist Mariko Hiraga Wyrick brought youthful assurance to their playing, and violist Amy Hiraga performed with spunk and authority. Meanwhile violinist Sarn Oliver served as the dominant thematic voice holding the ensemble together.

Vivaldi’s three movement B Minor Cello Concerto, RV424, sorely needed the assistance of those missing stage sound panels, but profited by Mr. Wyrick’s virtuosity as soloist.

A low-key outdoor reception on a balmy afternoon with audience and musicians followed the concert. And the raptors left with the guests.