International Musicians to Perform in 2007-2008 Guest Concert Series

The popular Guest Concert Series celebrates its seventh season with an impressive selection of chamber performances by musicians of international standing, including violinist Axel Strauss, the Tilden Trio, the Alexander String Quartet, tenor opera singer Thomas Glenn, and musicians from the San Francisco Symphony.

Dominican faculty member June Choi Oh, who received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, created the Guest Concert Series to highlight chamber music at Dominican. Not only is the 850-seat Angelico Concert Hall a beautiful musical venue, it also has excellent acoustics for a chamber group.

The series begins Sunday, September 23 at 3 p.m. with a violin recital by Axel Strauss. Strauss, joined by pianist Jeffrey Sykes, will play selections by Leclair, Fauré, Adams, and Mendelssohn. Strauss, the winner of the 1998 Naumburg Violin Award, made his American debut at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. His first of many New York concerts was presented at the Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in 1998.  He has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Hamburg Symphony, the Seoul Philharmonic, the Shanghai Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the New York Chamber Symphony, and the Budapest Philharmonic.  He frequently performs at music festivals, including the Moab Music Festival in Utah, the International Music Academy and Festival in Seoul in Korea, and the Kammermusiktage Mettlach in Germany.

On Sunday, November 11 at 3 p.m. the Tilden Trio will perform selections by Beethoven, Handel-Halvorsen, Strauss, and Arensky. The Tilden Trio was formed in 2004 by Juilliard schoolmates Sarn Oliver (first violin, San Francisco Symphony), Peter Wyrick (associate principal cello, San Francisco Symphony) and June Choi Oh (faculty, Dominican University of California) after collaborating for decades in various ensembles, starting in the pre-college days.

On Sunday, January 27 2008  at 3 p.m. the Guest Concert Series welcomes the Alexander String Quartet, Zakarias Grafilo, violin; Frederick Lifsitz, violin; Paul Yarbrough, viola; and Sandy Wilson, cello. The quartet will joined by pianist June Choi Oh for this performance. The Alexander String Quartet has performed in the major music capitals of four continents, securing its standing among the world's premier ensembles, widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart and Shostakovich.  The performance will feature the works of Haydn, Lou Harrison, and Schumann.

On Sunday, March 2  at 3 p.m. the San Francisco Symphony members Mariko Smiley, violin, Nanci Severance, viola, and Ann Pinsker, cello will perform works by J.S. Bach, Jean Françaix, and Schumann. These three long-time members of the San Francisco Symphony appear frequently in chamber music festivals and series. They will be joined by pianist Evelyne Luest.

Opera will be featured in the final concert of the Guest Concert Series on Sunday, April 13 at 3 p.m. when tenor Thomas Glenn performs the works of Schumann, Britten, Ravel, Meyerbeer, and Massenet. A recipient of the Adler Fellowship at San Francisco Opera, Glenn gained much acclaim for his portrayal of Robert Wilson in the world premiere of John Adams’ Doctor Atomic at San Francisco Opera.  Pianist Amy Glenn, who is a staff coach at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, will accompany him in the afternoon concert.

Tickets for all five concerts in the 2007-2008 Guest Concert Series are $72 general/$60 for seniors over 60, students, and music teachers/$40 for youth under 18. Individual tickets are $18 for the general public, $15 for seniors over 60, students, and music teachers, and $10 for youth under 18. Tickets are available for purchase 45 minutes prior to the performance, and Angelico Concert Hall opens 30 minutes prior to the performance for seating. Ample free parking is available in the Conlan Recreation Center parking lot at Grand and Acacia avenues. For more information on the concert, please call 415-257-0128 or e-mail The event is part of the Expressions program sponsored by Dominican’s Division of Arts and Humanities.

Posted August 17, 2007