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Dan Smiley and Jonathan Shames, Violin and Piano Concert in Mendocino

Dan Smiley and Jonathan Shames in concert

Dan Nobuhiko Smiley is a graduate from the Julliard School where he studied with Ivan Galamian and Sally Thomas, and his previous teachers include his father, David Smiley and Stuart Canin.

In 2005 he appeared as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and in May 2009 was featured as a soloist in Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Cello, Oboe and Bassoon. He also performed as Principal Second Violin with the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra in concerts in Korea and Japan.

Mr. Smiley served as Concertmaster of the Oakland Symphony, appearing as soloist with that orchestra in concerts by Bernstein and Lou Harrison. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Berkeley Symphony, Marin Symphony, San Francisco Orchestra, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and the Wyoming Symphony. He served for five seasons as Concertmaster of the Mendocino Music Festival and has appeared as guest Concertmaster of the San Diego Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the San Jose Symphony and the Orquestra Filharmonica de Caracas in Venezuela.

Jonathan Shames holds a BA in Philosophy from Yale University. He earned his MM and DMA in piano performance from the University of Michigan in 1986, studying with Theodore Lettvin and Leon Fleischer. He has taught at Cornell University, Suny-Binghamton, Rutgers, the Chautauqua Institute, Oberlin Conservatory and Interlochen.

Mr. Shames work as musical assistant to Sarah Caldwell of the Opera Company of Boston (age19) led to his first conductor opportunities, when Ms. Caldwell invited him to lead performances by the company of Puccini’s Girl of the Golden West and Mozart’s Don Giovanni. It was in performances of the latter work that Mr. Shames made his Boston performances. Mr. Shames appears regularly as both conductor and pianist with The Boston Players, a chamber-music group he formed in 1992. In 1994, Mr. Shames was invited by Seiji Ozawa to become a Conducting Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Institute. Shames has conducted the Louisiana Philharmonic and Richard Symphony, and serves frequently as cover conductor for the Seattle Symphony.

This dynamic duo will be performing on May 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm., downtown Mendocino at 44831 Main Street, at Preston Hall. Tickets are $20. For information call 707-937-1018.

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