The MasterGuild Series

The MasterGuild Series

Chamber Music at Holy Names University
with Roy Bogas and friends


MasterGuild is proud to announce its 2017-2018 series of chamber music concerts. There will be four concerts starting on Sunday, December 3rd at 7:15 P.M. in the Regents’ Theater on the campus of Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Boulevard in the Oakland hills, just off Highway 13 at the Redwood Road exit. All concerts take place on Sunday evenings at 7:15 P.M. The concerts last about two hours. Sunday evening avoids many of the inevitable conflicts with other events that take place around the Bay on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. The complete dates are: December 3rd, January 14th, March 18th
and April 15th.
A highlight of the season will occur in March, when the guest artist will be Mariko Hiraga Wyrick, young cellist now residing in New York and daughter of violinist Amy Hiraga and cellist Peter Wyrick. Mariko will be featured as soloist in Ernest Bloch’s seminal work “Schelomo” in a transcription for cello and piano quintet arranged by artistic director Roy Bogas. She will also take part in the great quintet for two cellos, two violins and viola by Franz Schubert.
We will again have the pleasure of hearing our new first violinist Cordula Merks, concertmaster of the San Francisco Ballet orchestra, as well as assistant concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony. Prior to that, she was concertmaster of several orchestras in Germany and remains an avid chamber music player. We all loved her playing last season and we look forward to hearing her again. She will be joined by our popular group consisting of violinist Amy Hiraga, violist Nancy Ellis and cellist Peter Wyrick, all three members of the San Francisco Symphony where Peter is associate principal cellist.
On the opening concert on December 3rd Roy Bogas will be joined by three outstanding musicians, violinist Jeremy Constant, violist Nancy Ellis and cellist Jean-Michel Fonteneau. Jean-Michel is the founding member of the Ravel Quartet in France and is the director of the chamber music program at the San Francisco Conservatory, while Jeremy is both an assistant concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony and the concertmaster of the Marin Symphony. Nancy Ellis is a member of the San Francisco Symphony and is a regular performer at MasterGuild.
I hope that you will be able to attend one or more of our programs this season and that you will tell your friends about MasterGuild. Looking forward to seeing you at our concerts, I am your artistic director,
Roy Bogas

Director and pianist Roy Bogas presents this exciting East Bay chamber music series with soloists and chamber musicians from the Bay Area and beyond. Concerts take place in Oakland in the Regents’ Theater, Valley Center for the Performing Arts, at Holy Names University in Oakland, 3500 Mountain Blvd. on Sundays and an occasional Monday at 7:15 P.M. Admission prices are $20 general, $15. seniors and $5. for students with ID, at the door, cash or check. For further information, please call (510) 559-8535 or email

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