St. Lawrence String Quartet performing April 17 in 10th anniversary season of Guest Concert Series

The St. Lawrence String Quartet will be performing Sunday, April 17, in Angelico Hall at Dominican University of California as part of the 10th anniversary season of the Guest Concert Series.

It is the final of  five performances this season in the series. 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.

Comprised of  violinists Geoff Nuttall and Scott St. John, viola Lesley Robertson and Christopher Costanza on cello, the St. Lawrence String Quartet are “fearless musicians whose spontaneity stretches past conventional interpretation and probes the music's imaginative limits,” the Washington Post said.


Having walked on stage together nearly 2,000 times in the last 20 years, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has established itself as one of today's leading chamber ensembles. The group continues to build on its reputation for imaginative, spontaneous music making that the Washington Post calls "emotionally high charged but never out of control." The ensemble has commissioned and given premieres of works by many living composers, including Ozvaldo Golijov, Christos Hatzis and Jonathan Berger. The St. Lawrence String Quartet are Artists in Residence at Stanford University. Acclaim for the Quartet's recordings include the coveted German critics award, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Canada's annual Juno Award, highest rating from the BBC Music Magazine and two Grammy nominations.

The SLSQ, which performed John Adam’s String Quartet in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on March 8, will follow four other top-notch acts to the Angelico Hall this season.

The 2010-11 Guest Concert Series began  on October 17 with the Ariel Ensemble of Sacramento preceding performances by the Tilden Trio (November 7) and a chamber music concert (February 6) by members of the San Francisco Symphony.  Violinist Shinya Abe was joined by  Sarn Oliver, fellow violinist Mariko Smiley and cellist Amos Yang. They were accompanied by pianist June Choi Oh, a faculty member at Dominican and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

On March 27, several musicians from the world-acclaimed Philharmonia Baroque celebrated its 30th season by performing at Angelico Hall.  Led by violinist Lisa Weiss, Philharmonia Baroque musicians Joseph Edelberg on baroque violin and baroque cellist David Goldblatt appeared on stage with Yuko Tanaka, Carmel Bach Festival’s Solo Harpsichordist, and baritone Craig Singleton of San Rafael, the Chair of the Department of Music and Performing Arts at Dominican.

Single-event  tickets at the door for the Guest Concert Series  are $18 for general, $15 for seniors  and $10 for students. Concerts are followed by “Meet the Artist” receptions, providing an excellent opportunity for children and young instrumentalists to speak with performers and ask questions.

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.