School of the Arts Begins Concert Series With Black Oak Ensemble

Black Oak Ensemble

The St. John School of the Arts (SJSA) will present a concert by the Black Oak Ensemble at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4 at the school’s main building (behind the Julius E. Sprauve School) in Cruz Bay.

The members of the Black Oak Ensemble describe themselves as “crossover classical” musicians who play music spanning the centuries from Bach to modern composers. The core ensemble, consisting of violinist Desiree Ruhstrat, violinist Aurelien Pederzoli and cellist David Cunliffe, take particular delight in presenting undiscovered and new works. They will be joined by guitarist Jose Ferreira. To see a range of their work, follow the links on their website:

Their performance is the first in a series of five concerts that make up the 2019 Sis Frank Concert Series at the SJSA. Tickets are $35 each or $150 for all five performances.

The St. John School of the Arts is proud to announce that it has deepened its collaboration with The Forum, which has generously offered to provide ground transportation on St. Thomas for St. John residents attending events at Prior-Jollek Hall at the Antilles School.

The Forum’s next event in the Metropolitan Opera’s HD film of Verdi’s “La Traviata” on Thursday, Jan. 10. St. John residents will be met at 5:20 p.m. at the Red Hook ferry dock, giving them time to purchase food and drink before the 7 p.m. screening.

Contact the St. John School of the Arts at 779-4322 to reserve a spot in the van.

This engagement of Black Oak Ensemble is made possible through the Special Presenters Initiative program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts.

For further information, check out the SJSA’s website at