Severance joins SF Symphony performers for concert

Violist Nanci Severance, a member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1982, will be joined by fellow SF Symphony performers Dan Carlson and Peter Wyrick on stage on February 5, Super Bowl Sunday, to perform in the Guest Concert Series in Angelico Hall at Dominican University of California.

The Sunday concerts, which begin at 3 p.m., are part of the Expression series sponsored by the Department of Music, Dance and Performing Arts at Dominican.

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.

This season, students under the age of 18 will be admitted free if accompanied and supervised by an adult.  In addition, community college students with a valid I.D. and music teachers in grades K-12 will be admitted free of charge along with Dominican faculty, staff and students with a valid I.D. Free parking is available in the nearby Conlan Center lot off Grand Avenue in San Rafael.

Severance, who was educated at the Oberlin Conservatory and Northern Illinois University, has performed with many Bay Area ensembles, including the Stanford Quartet, Composers Inc., Chamber Music West, the Midsummer Mozart Chamber Players, and the Parlante Chamber Orchestra, with whom she was principal violist. Her summer engagements have included the Scaneateles Festival, Eastern Music Festival and the Telluride Chamber Music Festival. She has performed with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players since 1986 and became a member in 2008.

The acclaimed violist will join San Francisco Symphony colleagues Dan Carlson, Associate Principal Second Violin, and Peter Wyrick, Associate Principal Cellist, along with acclaimed pianist June Choi Oh for an afternoon of glorious chamber music making on Super Bowl Sunday. Oh is a Dominican and San Francisco Conservatory faculty member.

Oh opened the 2011-12 Guest Concert Series with a piano recital on October 9. Beginning its 11th season of providing Marin County and the Bay Area with a unique opportunity to enjoy classical music, the Guest Concert Series featured a performance by the five-time Grammy-nominated Quartet San Francisco on November 13 at Angelico Hall.

On March 18, Bridge Chamber Virtuosi will perform in Angelico Hall. Viola Yun Jie Liu, violinist Wei He and cellist Amos Yang juxtaposes Western classical music and contemporary Asian music to present a cross-cultural, synergetic concert experience. All three performers are faculty members at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Liu is the Associate Principal Violist and Amos Yang is the Assistant Principal Cellist of the San Francisco Symphony.

On April 22, 32-year-old Jonathan Vinocour, regarded as one of the most exciting and thoughtful violinists of his generation, will perform at Angelico Hall for the first time. The principal violist of the San Francisco Symphony since 2009, he previously has served as principal violist of the Saint Louis Symphony and guest principal of the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig and the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan. While principal of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, he performed as soloist with conductors Nicholas McGegan and Hans Graf.

The Guest Concert Series, which is supported by the Marin County Board of Supervisors, is led by June Choi Oh, who is artistic director, and Craig Singleton, chair of the Department of Music, Dance and Performing Arts at Dominican.

For more information on tickets and the 2011-12 Guest Concert Series schedule, call 415-257-0128, email [email protected] or log onto