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Farallon Quintet - presented by Gualala Arts Chamber Music Series
Gualala Arts Center
Gualala, CA
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Farallon Quintet - presented by Gualala Arts Chamber Music Series
The Farallon Quintet, founded in the summer of 2012, is a dynamic Bay Area ensemble and the only professional chamber music group focused exclusively on the clarinet quintetstring quartet plus clarinetrepertoire. In addition to playing the classics, the group seeks to perform rarely heard works as well as new music by living composers. With at least 160 existing clarinet quintets to choose from, the group offers diverse and engaging programs to the general public. In addition to formal concerts, the musicians look for opportunities to present informal educational programs at such venues as schools, hospitals, museums, and retirement communities. In the 2013-14 season, The Farallon Quintet performed 16 concerts on recital series and at universities including U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Davis, and Humboldt State and premiered new works by Durwynne Hsieh and Jay Sydeman. The 2014-15 season will consist of over 20 performances throughout Northern California, sextet collaborations with pianist Jon Nakamatsu, and several new music commissions for composers including Shafer Mahoney, Peter Josheff, and Chad Cannon.

The quintet is made up of leading Bay Area musicians  Natalie Parker, clarinet; Dan Flanagan and Matthew Oshida, violins; Elizabeth Prior, viola; Jonah Kim, cello  who are principal players in such orchestras as the San Francisco Ballet, Santa Rosa Symphony, Marin Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Fremont Symphony, Modesto Symphony, and the Sacramento Philharmonic. As an ensemble, the players recently received a grant from San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music to record and release their debut album in early 2015.

The group takes its name from the Farallon Islands, located right off the coast of San Francisco. In addition to being a landmark location close to where the players live and work, its meaning"pillar" or "steep rock" in Spanishindicates the group's vision to become an important "pillar" or "rock" in classical music by building awareness around the lesser known yet musically significant clarinet quintet repertoire. The Farallon Islands also represent the group's inspiration which is founded in the simplicity and beauty of nature. In fact, the group is known to intersperse rehearsals with hikes in the mountains and road tripsall with the intent to discover the natural beauties of Northern California.

Natalie Parker, clarinet

A native of South Carolina, Natalie Parker is currently the Principal Clarinet of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. She joined the Ballet Orchestra in January 2012 and received her M.M. degree from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music the following May. Natalie has recently attended such music festivals as Orchestra Institute Napa Valley, Music in the Mountains, Brevard Music Center, the Madeline Island Chamber Music Camp, and the Texas Music Festival. While in school, she actively participated in the Houston Da Camera Young Artist's Program and JUMP!, the community music outreach program at Rice University. In 2010, she won second prize in the International Clarinet Association's Young Artist Competition and performed in recital at their annual ClarinetFest. Since arriving in San Francisco, Natalie has played frequently with the San Francisco Symphony as well as with several regional orchestras and enjoys performing chamber music throughout the Bay Area.

Dan Flanagan, violin

Dan Flanagan currently serves as Concertmaster of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, the Modesto Symphony, Lecturer of Violin at U.C. Davis, and Instructor of Violin at U.C. Berkeley. Described as a "stellar musician" (Nevada Reviews), he has been praised for his "exquisite tone" and "forthright brio" (Sacramento Bee). A dedicated orchestral player, he has performed as concertmaster with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, the California Symphony, California Musical Theater, the Festival Opera of Walnut Creek, and Symphony Silicon Valley. Dan has played as soloist with the Sacramento Philharmonic, the American River Chamber Orchestra, Bear Valley Symphony, Reno Baroque Ensemble, and the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento, the Oregon Bach Festival, Chamber Music Alive!, Eco Ensemble, and at Chico State University, University of the Pacific, U.C. Davis, and U.C. Berkeley. Born in New Jersey and trained in New York and Michigan, he holds a B.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music and M.M. from the University of Oregon, where he was a graduate teaching fellow. His teachers include Linda Cerone, Charles Castleman and Fritz Gearhart.

Matthew Oshida, violin

San Jose native Matthew Oshida has performed with orchestras throughout the country including the San Jose Symphony, Utah Symphony, Huntsville Symphony, Sarasota Opera, and Tulsa Symphony, Opera, and Ballet. He has appeared in principal positions with the orchestras in Berkeley, Fremont, Sacramento, San Jose, and Modesto, recorded with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and accompanied such popular artists as Sarah Brightman, Michael Bolton, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, and Harry Connick, Jr. As a chamber musician, he studied with members of the Cleveland and Juilliard Quartets, performed with members of the Emerson Quartet, and participated in live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3. Outside of the concert hall, he has demonstrated the link between music and leadership through performing at training seminars for executives at such companies as eBay, Chevron, Intel, WPP, and Protiviti. His principal teachers include Franco Gulli and Igor Gruppman on violin and Katherine Murdock on viola. His music festival participation includes the Aldeburgh Festival, Britten Festival, AIMS Festival, Mendocino Music Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Midsummer Mozart, and Music in the Mountains. He received a B.M. from Indiana University and M.M. from SUNY Stony Brook.

Elizabeth Prior, viola

An active Bay Area violist, Elizabeth Prior is Principal Violist with the Santa Rosa Symphony and is a season substitute with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. She is also associate principal with the Marin Symphony and performs regularly with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, the New Century Chamber Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony. Other orchestral credits include Freiburg Philharmonic as Associate Principal and Cape Town Symphony. She has toured and worked with S├╝dwestfunk, Stuttgart Radio, Basel Symphony, and the Mannheim Opera Orchestras. A native of South Africa, she was a prizewinner in the International String Competition in Pretoria and gave her debut at Carnegie Hall with the Russian Chamber Orchestra. She tours regularly as a soloist with the Chamber Ensemble of Cologne in France and has done two recent tours with the New Century Chamber Orchestra. Other engagements include Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Midsummer Mozart, and Chamber Music San Francisco. She performed regular viola recitals for 13 years with Maestro Donald Runnicles accompanying on the piano.

Jonah Kim, cello

Jonah Kim made his solo debut with Wolfgang Sawallisch and the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2003. The same year, he also appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra in DC where the Washington Post called him simply, "the next Yo-Yo Ma." He graduated from the prestigious Curtis Institute in the spring of 2006 while only 17 years old, and has soloed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, New Philharmonia, Symphony of the Americas, Orquestra Sinf├┤nica Nacional and many others. Mr. Kim's recitals at venues like the Kimmel Center, Kravis Center, Kennedy Center, the Phillips Collections and the Arsht Center have been streamed live and re-aired on podcasts, radio and TV programs for WETA, WHYY, WITF, MPBN, WXEL, NPR, NBC, CBS and PBS. In addition, he has played in live concert with pop figures such as the Beach Boys, Andrea Bocelli, Vic Damone, Regis Philban, Kenny Rogers, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Currently, he is Associate Principal Cello of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, of which he is also the youngest member.


Gualala Arts Center (View)
46501 Old State Hwy
Gualala, CA 95445
United States


Music > Classical

Minimum Age: 7
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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