Lawrence Granger has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1979. Prior to that he was principal cellist with the Oakland Symphony. Mr. Granger has studied with Laszlo Varga and Gabor Rejto, and he has participated in master classes with Mstislav Rostropovich, Paul Tortelier, Janos Starker, and Lorne Munroe. He is active as a recitalist and chamber musician, and he has also appeared as soloist with several orchestras, including the Oakland Symphony, the San Mateo Symphony, and the Nova Vista Symphony.
Critically praised for her brilliant technique, exceptional power, and beauty of sound, Lynn McConahey has distinguished herself as one of the leading pianists in the Bay Area. She is a popular performer as orchestra soloist, solo recitalist, and chamber musician, and is in frequent demand as an accompanist for both local and visiting artists. She is widely recognized as an artist teacher, having produced prize-winning students in a number of prestigious competitions across the country. She returns for her fourth performance with the Nova Vista Symphony.
Since 1986, Ms. McConahey and her husband, Wayne Picciano, have co-produced the award-winning weekly television series, Grand Piano, which currently plays in 400 cities across the country. She has also been the featured artist on five shows broadcast nationally and internationally via satellite.
"A virtuoso in the Lisztian tradition." San Francisco Chronicle
"Her playing was pensive, teasing, and simply exciting!" Peninsula Times Tribune
"A very powerful pianist ... McConahey played splendidly, bringing prodigious technique and stamina to the work." Peninsula Times Tribune
"Awesome emotional range and technical virtuosity ... a measure for other pianists to meet!" San Mateo Times
Iris Otani, 13, has won several competitions in both violin and piano and performed on both as soloist with Monterey-area musical organizations. She is a member of the Monterey Youth Honor Orchestra for five years and currently plays with the San Francisco Youth Orchestra. She is a student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where her teachers include Pat Burnham and Ian Swensen and his assistant Rieko Kawabata -- herself a winner of the Nova Vista's competition in 1997.
Rufus Olivier is the principal bassoonist with both the San Francisco Opera and the San Frnacisco Ballet Orchestras. He has played with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Olivier has been guest soloist with numerous orchestras throughout the state, and he was featured in a live radio recital in Los Angeles in the fall of 1992. As well as being a member of the opera and ballet orchestras, he is also a founding member of the Anchor Chamber Players, the Midsummer Mozart Orchestra, the Chamber Symphony of San Francisco, and he has recorded many movie and television soundtracks, including Disney's Never Cry Wolf. Prior to arriving in the Bay Area, Mr. Olivier performed with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Gololfsky Opera Tours. He studied with David Breidenthal of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and is on the music faculty of Stanford University and San Francisco State University. In the month of February 1993, Mayor Frank M. Jordan awarded Mr. Olivier The Seal of The City and County of San Francisco in recognition of Exemplary Accomplishment on the Occasion of Black History Month.
Clovice Lewis, jr. began composing at the age of 13. He now composes using a computer and has produced a variety of music including symphonic-type works in the manner of tone poems, a cantata for women's chorus, and a concerto for two trumpets and orchestra. A cellist, he has on occasion joined the ranks of the Nova Vista. For the 1997 children's concert, he performed as soloist in a work for orchestra and computer.