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Wyrick Chamber Players at Firehouse today

Group includes talented parents, two daughters

Wyrick Chamber Players, a well-known Bay Area classical music family, will perform together in a concert at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton at 2 p.m. today.

The program will include Beethoven's string quintet in A Major and the epic quintet in C Major by Franz Schubert. The Wyrick Chamber Players will be joined by special guest artist and long-time collaborator violist Nancy Ellis.

Reserved seats are $20, $15, and $10, and can be purchased online at www.firehousearts.org, by calling the 925-931-4848, and in person at the Box Office, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton. Box Office hours are Wednesday-Friday 12 noon-6 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Tickets may also be purchased if available two hours prior to the performance.

Wyrick Chamber Players consists of the entire Wyrick family: husband and wife Peter Wyrick and Amy Hiraga, and their daughters Mayumi Hiraga Wyrick and Mariko Hiraga Wyrick.

Peter Wyrick is associate principal cellist with the San Francisco Symphony, a position he has held since 1999. In addition, he pursues an active career as soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and teacher.

Born in New York to musician parents, Wyrick entered the Julliard School at the age of eight, making his solo debut at age 12 with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. His solo outings with numerous orchestras include many with the San Francisco Symphony, a few highlights being Leonard Bernstein's "Meditation," the Haydn Sinfonia Concertante, and Tan Dun's Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Cello Concerto.

San Francisco Symphony violinist Amy Hiraga is also a seasoned performer, with countless orchestral, solo, chamber music, and recording engagements to her credit. Prior to her current position with the San Francisco Symphony, she was violinist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, the New York Chamber Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Mayumi Hiraga Wyrick and Mariko Hiraga Wyrick grew up surrounded by music and musicians, and family lore has it that the first question Mariko asked a guest at a dinner party was "What do you play?" Both were "bitten by the music bug pretty early," according to father Peter, with Mayumi starting violin at age four, and Mariko beginning cello studies at age six, and both displaying obvious talent from the get-go. Both Wyrick siblings have participated in numerous prestigious master classes in both solo and chamber music performance.

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