Pianist William Wolfram opens 2012-13 Guest Concert Series

American pianist William Wolfram, winner of the Silver Medal in both the William Kapell and the Naumberg International Piano Competitions, opened the 12th season of the Guest Concert Series on October 28 at Dominican University of California.

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.

Dominican’s Music Department received a second grant last year from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation for its significant achievements, including the Guest Concert Series.

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.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for music lovers of all ages to experience world-class performers in an acoustically superior concert hall that’s easily accessible in Marin County’s backyard at a very affordable price,” said June Choi Oh, new chair of the Department of Music, Dance and Performing Arts who is a Juilliard School-trained pianist from Corte Madera.

“Not only do we have an award-winning pianist in William Wolfram performing here but the St. Lawrence String Quartet and Del Sol String Quartet will be performing in the Guest Concert Series for the first time this season.”

Wolfram holds the distinction of bronze medalist of the prestigious Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow.  His concerto debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony under the baton of Leonard Slatkin was the first in a long succession of appearances and career relationships with numerous American orchestras such as the San Francisco Symphony, the National Symphony in Dallas and symphonies in Minnesota and Seattle. At Dominican, Wolfram will perform works from Liszt, Ligeti and Chopin.