Peter Wyrick, cello – Feb 19

Sunday, February 19, 2017 • 2pm (1:15 pre-concert forum)

Peter Wyrick, cello and Britton Day, piano

If you have been to a concert at Davies, you can’t help but notice him: most for his musicality. But also for his big smile at the end of the performances. – SFist

Wyrick built up a persuasive edifice of robust harmony, but he also found occasion to tear through the movement’s demanding passagework with precise virtuosity. – SF Gate

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Wyrick is the Associate Principal cellist of the San Francisco Symphony. He entered the Juilliard School at age eight and was one of the last students of the famed Leonard Rose. At age 18, his professional recordings with Earl Wild and Rudolf Firkušný received a Grammy nomination.

$34 general (website purchase includes $4 online fee)

Youth 5-17 free with adult (call 530-273-3990 to reserve your ticket)




Venue – Seventh-day Adventist Church, Grass Valley (click here for directions)


Sponsored by: John & Susie Monary-Wilson; George & Jean Scarmon; Elisabeth Noel and Audrey Ohlson-Smith

Business sponsors:  Sierra View Medical Eye Care (Dr. John and Lori Hagele)






Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Opus 69 – Ludwig van Beethoven

Rondo in G Minor, Opus 94 – Antonin Dvorak

Waldesruhe, Opus 68, No. 5 – Dvorak

Polonaise, Opus posthumous – Dvorak

Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Opus 99 – Johannes Brahms




About Peter Wyrick:

Peter Wyrick has served as Associate Principal Cello of the San Francisco Symphony, occupying the Peter & Jacqueline Hoefer Chair, since 1999. Born in New York to a musical family, he began his studies in Poughkeepsie, New York, and proceeded to the Juilliard School at the age of eight, where he was one of the last students of Leonard Rose. Mr. Wyrick made his solo debut at age twelve with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Since then he has performed as soloist with the Aspen Chamber Orchestra, the Queens Philharmonic, the American Chamber Orchestra, the Oklahoma Chamber Orchestra, the Kozponti Sinfonicus in Budapest, Hungary, and Symphony Silicon Valley. He has appeared as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony in works including Leonard Bernstein’s Meditation No. 1 from Mass, Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante in B-flat major, and music from Tan Dun’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Concerto.

Mr. Wyrick was the principal cello of the Mostly Mozart Orchestra and associate principal cello of the New York City Opera Orchestra. His recordings include the cello sonatas of Gabriel Fauré with pianist Earl Wild for dell’Arte Records, and performances for the Stereophile and Arabesque labels. In chamber music, Mr. Wyrick has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Yefim Bronfman, Lynn Harrell, Jeremy Denk, Julia Fischer, and Edgar Meyer, among others. He was a member of the Ridge String Quartet, whose recording of the Dvořák piano quintets with pianist Rudolf Firkusny on the RCA label won the French Diapason d’Or and was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Chamber Music Performance. Mr. Wyrick has participated in the Helsinki, Spoleto, Bard, Vancouver Chamber Music West, La Jolla, Santa Fe, Ruby Mountain, and Lake Tahoe music festivals.

Mr. Wyrick plays a David Tecchler cello, on generous loan from Jacques and Barbara Schlumberger, made in Rome, circa 1724.

Mill Valley native and pianist Britton Day is a member of the accompanying staff at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory Preparatory Division. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of music. Upon graduation from Oberlin, he continued his studies at the San Francisco Conservatory, receiving both a Master of Music and a Professional Studies Diploma in Piano Performance.

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