Dominican's Guest Concert Series announces lineup featuring Grammy-nominated Quartet San Francisco

Beginning its 11th season of providing Marin County and the Bay Area with a unique opportunity to enjoy classical music, the Guest Concert Series at Dominican University of California has announced its performance lineup for the 2011-12 season beginning October 9.


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Quartet San Francisco, classical crossover specialists who have been nominated five times for Grammy awards, tops the list. Violists Nanci Severance and Jonathan Vinocour and the Bridge Chamber Virtuosi also will be featured artists.

The Guest Concert Series, part of the Expression series sponsored by the Department of Music, Dance and Performing Arts at Dominican, start at 3 p.m. at Angelico Hall on the Dominican campus. Free parking is available in the nearby Conlan Center lot off Grand Avenue in San Rafael.

“This is an incredible opportunity to see and hear world-class musicians at an affordable price in our backyard,” said June Choi Oh, a faculty member at Dominican and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Oh, who received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the renowned Juilliard School, will open the 2011-12 Guest Concert Series with a piano recital on October 9. She has performed across the United States, Europe and Asia and has appeared as a featured soloist with the New Haven Symphony, Aspen Concert Orchestra, Yonkers Philharmonic and the Filamonica de Jalisco in Mexico.

On November 13, violinist and composer-arranger Jeremy Cohen along with violinist Alisa Rose, violist Keith Lawrence and cellist Michelle Kwon  --  better known as Quartet San Francisco --  will make its Guest Concert Series debut. QSF redefines the sound of chamber music with multiple styles ranging from jazz to tango, pop to funk, blues to bluegrass, gypsy swing to big band.

Honored with Grammy nominations for Best Classic Crossover, Best Engineered and Classical albums, QSF recently toured Japan and Turkey, performing in Tokyo, Hyogo and Istanbul.

On February 5, the Tilden Trio -- former Juilliard schoolmates Sarn Oliver, Peter Wyrick and June Choi Oh -- the Bay Area’s leading trio and ensemble-in-residence at Dominican will be joined on stage by Nanci Severance. She has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1982. Ms. Severance 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.

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.

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.

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