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Eos Ensemble will present a concert

  • January 12, 2011

The Eos Ensemble, featuring pianist Gwendolyn Mok, violinist Craig Reiss, and horn player Kevin Rivard, will perform on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 3 p.m. in the Fireside Room at Gateway.

The program will consist of Rumanian Folk Dances for Violin and Piano by Bartok, Sonata in F for Horn and Piano, Op.17, by Beethoven and Trio for Piano, Violin and Horn, Op. 40, by Johannes Brahms.

One of the leading experts in the piano music of Maurice Ravel, Mok has appeared with the world's foremost orchestras and in major concert halls since her 1988 debut with the London Symphony Orchestra in the Barbican. She is a frequent soloist with the great orchestras of Europe and Asia and has recorded with the Philharmonia and the London Philharmonic for Cala records.

Her CD, “Ravel Revealed,” recorded on an 1875 Erard piano, has been critically acclaimed and is regularly broadcast in the United States and in England on the BBC. Mok was appointed the coordinator of keyboard studies at San José State University in 2006.

Reiss, founder of the Eos Ensemble, is a member of the San Francisco Opera and associate principal second violin of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. He has been a featured soloist with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Central Massachusetts Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra and the Vallejo Symphony.

Reiss earned his bachelor's degree while working with Rafael Druian at Boston University and in 1987 became an associate of the Royal College of Music in London

Rivard is currently co-principal horn of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and principal horn of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Winner of numerous solo competitions, he was awarded the grand prize at the 2008 Concours International d'Interprétation Musicale in Paris, the 2007 International Horn Competition of America, and the 2003 Farkas horn competition.

Rivard served as guest principal horn with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and was a featured soloist with the Houston Symphony. Previous positions also include the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Florida Orchestra.

A Juilliard graduate, Rivard is also horn professor with California State University East Bay.

Tickets for this concert are $10 in advance at the Excursion Desk at Gateway or $15 at the door. This program is presented by Ellie Mao Mok and is sponsored by the Recreation Department.

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