St. Lawrence String Quartet performs at Dominican

The St. Lawrence String Quartet, one of the world’s leading ensembles, made its debut appearance in Angelico Hall at Dominican University of California on November 18 as a special presentation in the 2012-13 Guest Concert Series.

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.

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 Julliard School-trained pianist from Corte Madera.

The St. Lawrence String Quartet, which appeared in Carnegie Hall earlier this year, performed the works of Haydn, Ellen Zwilich and Beethoven.  The SLSQ features violist and founding member Lesley Robertson, Geoff Nuttall and Scott St. John on violin, and Christopher Costanza on cello – all faculty members and the quartet-in-residence at Stanford University.

“Here is an ensemble that doesn’t need costumes or canned zaniness to project an irresistible exuberance in performances, and to link that sense of joy with artistry of subtlety and finesse,” the Boston Globe said. “If you are curious why so many young string players these days want to build careers in chamber music, these four players - in residence at Stanford University - make it abundantly clear.”

The St. Lawrence String Quartet, established in 1989, performs more than 120 concerts annually worldwide. Its recordings have been honored with the coveted German critics award, Canada’s Juno Award (for its release of Schumann’s 1st and 3rd quartets), and two Grammy nominations (for its landmark Yiddishbbuk CD).

SLSQ will be followed to the stage in the 2012-13 Guest Concert Series on February 3 by the Del Sol String Quartet – violist Charlton Lee, Kathryn Bates Williams on cello and violinists Kate Stenberg and Dominican graduate Rick Shinozaki. It will make its Angelico Hall debut with riveting performances of music with a rhythmic drive and Latin pulse.  The Del Sol Quartet is two-time winner of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.

On March 3, Oh and baritone Craig Singleton, former chair of Dominican’s Department of Music, Dance and Performing Arts, perform with San Francisco Symphony members David Neuman (clarinet) and Wayne Roden (viola ) for a unique chamber music collaboration featuring the works of  Schumann, Bruch, Glinka and Ron McFarland of Tiburon. Dominican has commissioned McFarland, a distinguished composer from the Bay Area, to celebrate this special event with a world premiere composition for this unique instrumental combination.

On April 21, the San Francisco Chamber Players, Northern California’s premiere chamber ensemble, will close out the 2012-13 Guest Concert Series. Members Dan Carlson (violin), Jonathan Vinocour (viola), Peter Wyrick (cello) of Mill Valley and Oh (piano) have appeared around the world as soloists and leading orchestra musicians. Vinocour, Carlson and Wyrick are Principal and Associate Principals of the San Francisco Symphony. Together they will perform the works of Telemann, Franck, Beethoven and North Bay composer David Smith. Smith also will present a world-premiere work.

The Guest Concert Series is led by Oh, who is artistic director, and Singleton, former chair of 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.

For more information on tickets and the 2012-13 Guest Concert Series schedule, call 415-482-3579, email [email protected] or visit