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Jan. 4: 2019 Sis Frank Concert Series Featuring Black Oak Ensemble
January 4, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
$150 Series Ticket: Includes 5 concerts for the 2019 season. Order online or www.stjohnschoolofthearts.org or make checks payable to SJSA and mail to P.O. Box 180, St. John, VI 00831. Remember to state the quantity of series tickets you are purchasing. Single performance tickets will not go on sale until December 1st and will cost $35 per ticket. Please call 340-779-4322 for more questions.
The Sis Frank Concert Series for 2019 has been set, starting off the New Year right on January 4th with Black Oak Ensemble.
Black Oak Ensemble
January 4, 2018
The seeds of the Black Oak were planted in 2011 when the ensemble first performed for a standing room only audience in Chicago’s prestigious Music in the Loft Series. According to John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune, “The flamboyant vitality of the originals lived on in the arrangements as well as the expert performances.”
The founding members, Serbian guitar virtuoso Goran Ivanovic, Grammy Nominated Lincoln Trio’s violinist Desirée Ruhstrat, and cellist David Cunliffe, continued their collaboration with performances at the Latino Music Festival, Chicago Cultural Center, Art Institute of Chicago, Mayne Stage, WFMT Radio, and Windy City Live. In addition, the Ravinia Festival chose the ensemble as their guest artists on the Ravinia tour from Barcelona to Monte Carlo.
“This unique ‘string’ ensemble delivers with great musicianship and sophistication music that is lyrically and rhythmically passionate, blending and contrasting traditional and classical music from a variety of cultures and times, thus, blurring lines between music genres and eras while delivering a unique and captivating sound that thrills the audience” Luciano Pedota, Ravinia Festival Reach*Teach*Play Education Programs
2014 saw the addition of violinist/violist Aurélien Fort Pederzoli a founding member of the Spektral Quartet, and the formal naming of the ensemble, Black Oak, a beautiful tree native to their home state of Illinois.
Join Black Oak Ensemble on an exciting and eclectic musical journey from the baroque period to the present with the Black Oak’s arrangements of ethnic tunes and beloved melodies of the past.