Wednesday, December 7 at 12pm
Beni Shinohara, violin and Victoria Ehrlich, cello
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
VICTORIA EHRLICH, CELLO
Victoria Ehrlich was born in Texas and received her musical education at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy and Stony Brook University in New York. She studied cello with Bernard Greenhouse of the Beaux Arts Trio. Prior to joining the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in 1984, she played with the Santa Fe Opera, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and was Principal Cellist with the Symphonies of Phoenix, Omaha and Richmond. Vicky has performed with the San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Symphony, the New Century Chamber Orchestra, Composers Inc., Berkeley Symphony and Lamplighters.
BENI SHINOHARA, VIOLIN
Violinist, Beni Shinohara joined the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in 1988 and holds the position of Assistant Principal Second Violin. She has also been Assistant Concertmaster of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra since 1990. In addition, she has appeared as a soloist with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, the Houston Ballet Orchestra, and the Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra.
She has been performing with bay area chamber ensembles such as Marin Chamber Players, Gold Coast Chamber Players and the Edgewood Trio. Honors include First Prize in the Tokyo Metropolitan Young Artist Competition and the “Concert Ami” Concours. Furthermore, Ms. Shinohara has premiered numerous twentieth-century Japanese composers’ works, participating in the “Music Today” Concert Series under the direction of Toru Takemitsu.
A native of Nagoya, Japan, Beni has received her bachelor and masters degree in instrumental music at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. She also studied extensively in Europe with Sandor Vegh before coming to the United States. Beni lives in Mill Valley with her husband Katsuto and their Flat-Coated Retriever, Myla.
ABOUT WEDNESDAY NOON CONCERTS
The community is invited to our complimentary Fall Season of Wednesday Noon Concerts. As part of our ongoing mission to use the transformative power of the arts to inspire and enrich our community, we have opened our doors for the past two years, every Wednesday at Noon, and presented concerts performed by talented musicians that are free of charge to the public. These free noon performances offer listeners the opportunity to discover the beauty of music in an intimate accessible setting, while providing the community with cultural enrichment and exposure to talented performers.
Concerts are in a one-hour format and most performances take place in the intimate Tivoli where both audience and musicians can sit in vibrant, close proximity. Musicians often stay after the performance to informally speak about the program and their upcoming concerts.