The MasterGuild Series

The MasterGuild Series

Chamber Music at Holy Names University
with Roy Bogas and friends


MasterGuild is proud to announce its 2019-2020 series of chamber music concerts. In this, our nineteenth season, there will be two concerts starting on Sunday, January 19th 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. and 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: January 19th and April 19th.
 The opening concert on January 19th will feature our wonderful cellist Peter Wyrick who will perform J. S. Bach’s amazing unaccompanied Sixth Suite, written for the 5-string violoncello piccolo, on a modern instrument specially commissioned for the performance of this famous work. Mr. Wyrick will be joined by the other members of our popular group, violinists Cordula Merks and Amy Hiraga and violist Nancy Ellis , the last two also members of the San Francisco Symphony where Peter Wyrick is the Associate Principal Cellist, in a performance of the epic Quintet for Piano and Strings by Ernest Bloch in celebration of the 140th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
The April 19th program will present our first violinist Cordula Merks, concertmaster of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, in Beethoven’s Second Sonata for violin and piano in A Major, as a nod to the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. Also on the program is the ever popular Piano Quintet in F Minor by Johannes Brahms.
A novelty this season is the inclusion of two quintets by that other great composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, for two violas in addition to the normal two violins and cello. Guest artist Joy Fellows will join Nancy Ellis in performing the two viola parts. The Quintet in C major will be presented on the January 19th program, and the quintet in G Minor on the April 19th program.
I hope that you will be able to attend one or both 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 and resident pianist,

Roy Bogas

Again, the concert dates, all on Sunday evenings at 7:15 P.M, are:
January 19th, 2020
April 19th, 2020

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 at 7:15 P.M. Admission prices are $20 general, $15. seniors and $5. for students with ID, at the door, cash or check only. For further information, please call (510) 559-8535 or email

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