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Gualala Arts Summer Chamber Music Festival - Hiraga, Wyrick, Merks Quintet with Markus Pawlik, Piano

Sunday, July 14, 2024 • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM PDT

$40.00

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Peter Wyrick, Amy Hiraga and Friends


Tickets are $40 for each day’s performance, + $5 day of, and are available at Gualala Arts, Dolphin Gallery, and online at GualalaArts.org.


The Gualala Arts Center is set to host the Summer Chamber Music Festival on July 13 and 14, 2024, featuring the Hiraga, Wyrick, Merks Quintet with Markus Pawlik, piano.  

Peter Wyrick’s distinguished career as a cellist is marked by his long-standing association with the San Francisco Symphony, where he has served as Associate Principal Cello since 1999, and a rich history of performances and collaborations. His early start at the Juilliard School set the stage for a life dedicated to music, leading to solo appearances with numerous orchestras and partnerships with celebrated musicians. His recordings and chamber music endeavors have garnered critical acclaim, further solidifying his reputation in the classical music world.

Cellist Mariko Hiraga Wyrick is currently a member of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and the American Ballet Theater Orchestra. She frequently performs with the Metropolitan Opera. An avid chamber musician, Mariko has participated in numerous prestigious music festivals. Mariko studied at the Juilliard School where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

Mayumi Hiraga Wyrick’s musical history is marked by prestigious collaborations and educational milestones. As a violinist, her talent has secured her a position with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and her performances extend to renowned groups such as the San Francisco Opera and Symphony. Her academic achievements are impressive, having studied under notable figures at the New England Conservatory and the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Mayumi’s career is a testament to her dedication and skill, resonating through each ensemble she graces with her music.

Amy Hiraga’s illustrious career as a violinist is marked by her tenure with prestigious orchestras and ensembles. Her journey from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra to the San Francisco Symphony showcases her versatility and dedication to her craft. With performances across a spectrum of renowned chamber music festivals and collaborations with eminent ensembles, Hiraga has established herself as a prominent figure in the classical music scene. Her education under distinguished mentors further underscores her deep-rooted passion for music, which continues to resonate in her performances and recordings.

Cordula Merks, violin, has served as concertmaster with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra since 2015. Previously she was assistant concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony, and concertmaster of Germany’s Essen Philharmonic, Bochum Symphony, and Bergisch Symphony Orchestra.

Marcus Pawlik, piano, is characterized as an artist who combines expressiveness with a phenomenal virtuoso technique. Born in Bremen in 1966, his talent was recognized early as the three-time winner of the German National Young Musician’s Competition. He has appeared with orchestras throughout Europe, Asia and North America

These artists, with their impressive backgrounds and dedication to their craft, promise to deliver performances that resonate with passion and precision, making the festival a highlight of the summer’s calendar. Attendees can look forward to a selection of pieces by illustrious composers such as Janáček, Britten, Dvořák, Schubert and others.


July 13, 2024 Program

Leoš Janáček Pohádka

(1854 – 1928) I. Con moto

II. Con moto

III. Allegro

Mariko Wyrick, cello

Markus Pawlik, piano

Henryk Wieniawski Étude-caprice Op. 18, No. 4 in A minor

(1835 – 1880)

Arr. Fritz Kreisler

Cordula Merks, violin

Markus Pawlik, piano

Antonio Bazzini La ronde des Lutins, Scherzo fantastique, Op. 25

(1818 – 1897)

Cordula Merks, violin

Markus Pawlik, piano

Benjamin Britten String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25

(1913 – 1976) I. Andante sostenuto – Allegro vivo

II. Allegro con slancio

III. Andante calmo

IV. Molto vivace

Cordula Merks, Mayumi Wyrick, violins

Amy Hiraga, viola

Peter Wyrick, cello

~ Intermission ~

Antonín Dvořák Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81

(1841 – 1904) I. Allegro ma non tanto

II. Dumka. Andante con moto

III. Scherzo (Furiant). Molto vivace – Poco tranquillo

IV. Finale. Allegro

Cordula Merks, Mayumi Wyrick, violins

Amy Hiraga, viola

Mariko Wyrick, cello

Markus Pawlik, piano


July 14, 2024 Program

Francesco Geminiani Sonata II

(1687 – 1762) Andante

Presto

Adagio. Allegro

Mariko Wyrick, Peter Wyrick, cellos

Caroline Shaw Entr’acte

(b. 1982)

Cordula Merks, Mayumi Wyrick, violins

Amy Hiraga, viola

Mariko Wyrick, cello

~ Intermission ~

Franz Schubert String Quintet in C Major, D. 956

(1797 – 1828) I. Allegro ma non troppo

II. Adagio

III. Scherzo : Presto

IV. Allegretto

Cordula Merks, Mayumi Wyrick, violins

Amy Hiraga, viola

Mariko Wyrick, Peter Wyrick, cellos



Venue Information

Gualala Arts Center
46501 Old State Hwy
Gualala, CA 95445

Organizer Information

Gualala Arts Center


46501 Old State Highway
Gualala, CA 95445
+1 (707) 884-1138

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