Guest Concert Series begins 10th anniversary season on October 17 with Ariel Ensemble

The 10th anniversary of the Guest Concert Series at Dominican University of California will begin on October 17 and this season features performances including the San Francisco Symphony Musicians, Philharmonia Baroque Musicians and the St. Lawrence String Quartet.

The Guest Concert Series is part of the Expression series sponsored by the Department of Music and Performing Arts at Dominican. All Sunday afternoon concerts start at 3 p.m. at Angelico Hall.

The Ariel Ensemble, the resident ensemble of the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento, will open the 2010-11 Guest Concert Series on October 17. “The musicians convey the feeling of great joy. Superior sound,” said Fanfare Magazine of the Ariel Ensemble, which has performed extensively and received many awards and grants including the Chamber Music America grant.  The Ariel Ensemble is comprised of  William Barbini, Kineko Okumura and Paul Ehrlich on violin, Victoria Ehrlich on cello  and clarinetist Patricia Shands.

On November 7, the popular Tilden Trio, an ensemble-in-residence at Dominican, will perform again at Angelico Hall. The trio consists of Juilliard School classmates Sarn Oliver (violin) , who is the first violinist in the San Francisco Symphony, and Associate Principal San Francisco Symphony cellist Peter Wyrick and pianist June Choi Oh, a faculty member at Dominican and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Tilden Trio quickly became a sought-after ensemble since forming in 2004 after collaborating for decades in various ensembles settings, starting in the pre-college days. The Honolulu Music Examiner once called the Tilden Trio’s performance, “a mesmerizing display of great music making.  With a warm tone that was inviting even in the most challenging music, the Tilden Trio proved the theory that chamber music at its best is a musical conversation between close friends.”

Oh will join viola Shinya Abe with San Francisco Symphony Musicians Sarn Oliver, fellow violinist Mariko Smiley and Amos Yang (cello) for a chamber concert on February 6, 2011. Abe, who was born in Japan and  resides in Japan and Germany, headlines the group of world-class musicians playing in the intimate setting of Angelico.

On March 27, 2011, Philharmonia Baroque Musicians Lisa Weiss and Joseph Edelberg  on baroque violin, and baroque cellist David Goldblatt will perform on stage with Yuko Tanaka, Carmel Bach Festival’s Solo Harpsichordist,  and baritone Craig Singleton, the Chair of the Department of Music and Performing Arts at Dominican. The Philharmonia Baroque is the world’s leading period performance group.

The 10th anniversary Guest Concert Series season concludes on April 17, 2011 when the St. Lawrence String Quartet performs at Angelico. Violinists Geoff Nuttall and Scott St. John, viola Lesley Robertson and  Christopher Costanza on cello are “fearless musicians whose spontaneity stretches past conventional interpretation and probes the music's imaginative limits,” the Washington Post said.

The St. Lawrence String Quartet (SLSQ) has established itself among the world-class chamber ensembles of its generation, since winning both the Banff International String Quartet Competition and Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 1992. SLSQ is a quartet-in-residence and faculty members at Stanford University.

Subscription season tickets for the series  -- $72 general admission, $60 discount (seniors over 60, music teachers, students) and $40 for youth  18 & under – can be purchased in advance through Dominican’s website –  It has a pdf file featuring the guest concert schedule and the ticket order/contribution form.

Non-subscription single-event tickets  -- $18 for general, $15 discount and $10 youth – can be purchased at the door prior to each performance. Admission is free for Dominican faculty, staff and students with a valid University I.D.

Angelico Hall opens 30 minutes prior to each performance. Parking is free at Conlan Center at the intersection of Grand and Acacia avenues in San Rafael.

For more information, contact June Choi Oh at (415) 257-0128 or email her at [email protected]