Dominican's 2014-15 Guest Concert Series begins Oct. 12

Leading American pianist Kevin Kenner, a collaborative performance featuring Eileen Moon from the New York Philharmonic, and the Farallon Quintet -- the only professional chamber music group focused exclusively on the clarinet quintet repertoire -- highlight the 2014-15 Guest Concert Series at Dominican University of California.

The 14th season of the Guest Concert Series begins on October 12 with Conservatory of Music cellist Jean-Michel Fonteneau.

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

This season, three of the five concerts will feature performers who are new to the Angelico Concert Hall stage while Jean-Michel Fonteneau and the San Francisco Chamber Players return as favorites of the Guest Concert Series.

“We are so proud to present world-class performers on our campus in a small, intimate setting at such a affordable price,” said June Choi Oh, chair of the music department in the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Dominican who is a Juilliard School-trained pianist. “It presents a unique and special opportunity for music lovers of all ages. We welcome members of our audience to meet informally with performers over refreshments following each concert.”

The 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 faculty, staff and students with a valid I.D.

Subscription season tickets for the Guest Concert Series are $72 for general admission, $60 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.

On October 12, as part of Dominican’s Convocation/Family Weekend 2014, Jean-Michel Fonteneau will return to the Angelico Hall stage for a cello recital, accompanied on the piano by June Oh.  Fonteneau is professor of Cello at the Conservatory of Music where Oh has taught for many years. He is founding member of the Ravel String Quartet and winner of the first French Grammy award “Les Victoires de la Musique Classique.”

On November 9, Kevin Kenner comes to Dominican for a piano recital. His artistry is recognized throughout the world by winning the top prizes in the most prestigious competitions: Tchaikovsky International Competition, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the International Chopin Piano Competition, in which he served as a juror in 2010. Called “one of the finest American pianists to come along in years” by the Chicago Tribune, Kenner has appeared around the world as a soloist with leading orchestras and recitalist in major halls.

On January 25, the San Francisco Chamber Players return to Angelico Hall. Northern California’s premier chamber ensemble is comprised by Dan Carlson (violin) and Peter Wyrick (cello) who are Principal and Associate Principals, respectively, of the San Francisco Symphony. They will perform with Joy Fellows (viola) who is Assistant Principal of San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and June Oh, chamber musicians who have been close friends and colleagues for many years.

On February 22, Eileen Moon, who is Associate Principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic, will perform with Sarn Oliver, who is a first violinist of the San Francisco Symphony. They will be joined on stage by June Oh, who spent her formative years in New York City studying and performing, as did Oliver. All three performers in the “Trio of New York and San Francisco” are graduates of the Juilliard School.

On April 26, the Farallon Quintet will make its Angelico Hall debut and close the 14th season of the Guest Concert Series. Founded in 2012, this dynamic Bay Area ensemble – Natalie Parker on clarinet, violinists Dan Flanagan and Matthew Oshida, Elizabeth Prior on viola and cellist Jonah Kim --  is the only professional chamber music group focused exclusively on the clarinet quintet (string quartet plus clarinet) repertoire. The quintet was recently awarded a grant from San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music to record and release its debut album in 2015.

For more information on tickets and the 2014-15 Guest Concert Series schedule, call 415-482-3579, email concerts@dominican.edu or visit http://www.dominican.edu/events.