Chiara String Quartet opens Guest Concert Series at Dominican

Grammy Award-nominated Chiara String Quartet opened the 17th season of the Guest Concert Series at Dominican University of California on October 15, headlining a performance lineup that includes the Teicholz and Partington Guitar Duo and leading American pianist Kevin Kenner.

The Sunday concerts, sponsored by Dominican’s Department of Music, Dance, and Performing Arts, start at 3 p.m. in Angelico Concert Hall. Free parking is available in the nearby Conlan Center lot off Grand Avenue in San Rafael.

“We are extremely excited to present our 17th season of rich and diverse programming with internationally recognized and distinguished musicians performing,” says June Choi Oh, department chair for Music, Dance and Performing Arts at Dominican. “We are particularly proud that we are able to offer concerts in such an intimate setting on the Dominican campus with incredibly affordable ticket prices. We are a hidden gem in Marin County and I would like to have the whole community enjoy our series.”

The 2017-18 Guest Concert Series began on October 15 when the Chiara String Quartet -- violinists Rebecca Fischer and Hyeyung Julie Moon, cellist Gregory Beaver, and violist Jonah Sirota – made their Angelico Concert Hall debut. Described by the Boston Globe as “highly virtuosic, edge-of-the-seat playing,” the Chiara String Quartet has played in major concert halls, music festivals, and academic institutions across the country. The musicians perform their entire program by memory, which is highly usual and challenging. They are currently the Artists-in-Residence at the Glenn Kortt School of Music at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln after being Artists-In-Residence at Harvard University from 2008-2014.

On November 12, the guitar duo of Marc Teicholz and Michael Partington will grace the Angelico Concert Hall stage for the first time. “Teicholz played with fluent skill … exacted boldness and flair … a huge dynamic range … a sense of curiosity and adventure,” the Los Angeles Times once reviewed.

On February 11, the Tilden Trio – featuring Juilliard School classmates Sarn Oliver, first violinist for the San Francisco Symphony from Mill Valley, Peter Wyrick, Associate Principal Cellist for the San Francisco Symphony from Mill Valley, and pianist June Choi Oh of Corte Madera – return by popular demand to Angelico Concert Hall. The Honolulu Music Examiner once described the Tilden Trio as “a mesmerizing display of great music making.”

On April 8, acclaimed pianist Kevin Kenner, who has won top prizes in some of the most prestigious competitions – Tchaikovsky International, Van Cliburn International, and the International Chopin Piano Competition – returns to Angelico Concert Hall following his appearance at Dominican in 2014. He has appeared around the world as a soloist with leading orchestras and recitalist in major halls.

All Guest Concert Series concerts are free to students under the age of 18 including middle school and elementary school children if accompanied and supervised by an adult.  In addition, community college students with a valid I.D. and music and art teachers in grades K-12 will be admitted free of charge along with Dominican students, faculty, and staff with a valid I.D.

Subscription season tickets for the Guest Concert Series are $60 for general admission, $50 for seniors over 60. Single-event tickets, which are only available at the door 30 minutes prior to scheduled performances, are $18 for general admission and $15 for seniors over 60.

For more information on tickets and the 2017-18 Guest Concert Series schedule, call 415-482-3579 or email music@dominican.edu.

 

October 10, 2017