"Welcome to the the Gold Coast Concert Artists. Infused with passion and virtuosity Gold Coast Concert Artists is made up of principle players Andrew Cook, cello. Franklyn D’Antonio, violin and Shari Raynor, piano. Each season they are joined by guest artists and ensembles from all over the US to present world class chamber music performances of both standard and new repertoire. Our mission is to present great chamber music concerts with an emphasis on pairing great works of music to new and exciting works of art. Every year we will commission a painting that will be a visual representation of a work we are performing. The art will explore the emotion, texture, and color of each piece of chamber music. We want to take the audience on a journey that we as performing artists and visual artists enjoy. Many musicians think of sound, emotion and tone as color and texture and many visual artists think of color, and texture as sound. This collaboration is a wonderful way to let the audience begin to look at music and art as interrelated and to see and hear these beautiful colors as one. Gold Coast Concert Artists works to bring music and art to schools, young artists, and the concert stage. GCCA is based in Los Angeles California and presents concerts throughout the west coast in formal and informal settings. We hope that this new adventure will be a rewarding and inspiring experience for all of us."
ANDREW COOK, artistic director
MARNEY WEAVER, managing director
We hope you join us for a night of inspiring art and music!
Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, and will be available at the door.
Andrew Cook, cellist, has excited audiences both as a soloist and ensemble artist with his “strong soloistic style and rich immediate sound” throughout the United States and abroad. Mr. Cook received his bachelors degree from the Peabody Conservatory under Stephen Kates and in 1987 went to study with Lynn Harrell as a scholarship student at the University of Southern California. Concert appearances have taken Mr. Cook throughout the United States, Mexico, France, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Central Asia and Egypt. As a member of the Peabody Honor String Quartet, Mr. Cook performed live broadcasts for National Public Radio and Radio France, a command performance for Princess Grace of Monaco, and a performance at the Palace of Versailles. In 1988, he joined the Valcoeur String Quartet who were artists-in-residence at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
In 1990, Mr. Cook represented the U.S. at the Ninth International Tchaikovsky Cello Competition in Moscow. He has been a guest artist with the Ensemble of Santa Fe and the Lark String Quartet and has also been a guest at the Cerventino International Festival, Musica Da Camerata Festival, Grand Teton Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West and San Miguel de Allende.
Mr. Cook is very active in the Los Angeles music scene and has been a regular guest with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, joining them on two recent European tours. He has also worked with the Pasadena Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Cook was a founding member of the Vista Trio which has performed worldwide and has released two recordings on the Vision Records label. He has released his own solo compact disc of beautiful short concert pieces for cello and piano entitled “After a Dream”. He is also working on a DVD of J.S. Bach suites for solo cello with AIX and BMG.
He has served on the faculties of Goucher College, Pepperdine University, and California State University Northridge. He is the co-founder and director of the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival and Gold Coast Concert Artists. He has been a faculty member of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. He is currently professor of cello at Pepperdine University and Artist-teacher at Pasadena Conservatory and maintains an active private studio. Mr. Cook is also active in the recording, television and motion picture studios working on music scores for John Williams, Randy Newman, James Horner, Marvin Hamlisch, Barbara Streisand, Whitney Houston, and others. He is in great demand not only as a performer but also as a teacher, lecturer and educator.
Franklyn D’Antonio has accumulated a wealth of solo, chamber music, and orchestral experience since his studies with Jascha Heifetz at the University of Southern California at the age of 16. The following year, he was appointed to the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra by its Music Director Sir Neville Marriner before going on to hold positions in the Detroit Symphony, Chicago Symphony, and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras. Described as an “outstanding soloist” (San Francisco Examiner) and “technically dazzling” (Los Angeles Times), his performances over the last 35 years have taken him on tours throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. During his decade long tenure as professor of Violin at California State University, Northridge, Mr. D'Antonio released two CDs with the Vista Piano Trio. He has appeared as violin soloist with numerous orchestras, including multiple appearances with the San Francisco Ballet performing the Prokofiev and Stravinsky violin concertos and the Russian Seasons (a 12 movement work for solo violin and string orchestra). Mr. D’Antonio is currently in his eighth season as Concertmaster of the Berkeley Symphony.
Shari Raynor, hailed by critics as "a sensation!", "she is a pianist's pianist and plays with intensity, conviction, and impressive virtuosity."
Miss Raynor, a native of Florida, made her debut at the age of eleven with the Florida Gulf Coast Symphony. She has been a prizewinner in many competitions and has received the Presidential Medallion in the Arts in a ceremony at the White House. In 1989, Miss Raynor represented the United States in the Eighth Van Cliburn Competition in Fort Worth, Texas where she performed to critical acclaim. Miss Raynor holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and the University of Southern California. She has worked with artists such as Ann Schein, Daniel Pollack, Leon Fleisher and Gary Wolf.
Throughout the United States and abroad, Miss Raynor has performed solo recitals and chamber music concerts and has appeared as guest soloist with numerous symphonies, including a recent tour of the Czech Republic. She has been heard on National Public Radio and has released several compact discs as a member of the Los Angeles based Vista Trio. Among her festival appearances, Miss Raynor has performed at Music Academy of the West, American Matthay Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Interlochen Arts Festival and the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. She is currently touring with various artists around the United States. Miss Raynor serves on the faculty of Pepperdine University and the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival.
Max Rodriguez is a diverse artist with three distinct bodies of work: abstracts, landscapes and figurative. Max shifts between abstract/botanical works at one time, to contemporary landscapes at another, and allegorical figurative paintings at other times in order to satisfy his curiosity for reflection and influence of memories, environment, and emotional evolution. He works to elevate his abstracts to an original, sublime level; to give his landscapes that conscious spirituality of abstraction; and to create figures that are at first impression simple yet reveal their complexity upon deeper viewing. Indulging in his distant memories, painting with a developing emotional maturity and all with a sense of private advocacy is a definition of his success as an artist.
Max Rodriguez is the recipient of the Curator's Award for his painting Drifting Away at the juried art show "Wide Open" at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. He has also received an Honorable Mention Award for Our Daily Bread at the City of Palm Springs Annual Juried Art Show, and an Honorable Mention Award for Sycamore Grove at the Tustin Art League's annual show. Additionally, he has been recognized and included in the Palm Springs Art Museum's annual Artist's Council show.
He also receives commissions to produce his artwork for a wide variety of hospitals throughout the United States. Some of these commissions include the military health center Ft. Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia and the Children's Medical Center Dallas. More artwork has been contracted for large medical center expansions such as the Texas Methodist Hospital Willowbrook and the Methodist Medical Center Hospital in Dallas.
Award-winning set designers use his work to decorate their TV show interiors. His artwork has been featured on some of TV's top rated shows over the past 10 years, including The West Wing, Parenthood, Two and a Half Men and Hawaii 5-0, to name a few.
Max Rodriguez was born in Havana, Cuba. He was exiled with his family to New Orleans at the age of seven. He began his study of Fine Arts at the University of New Orleans, later transferring to San Francisco to attend the Academy of Art College for Graphic Design. His early work was in the fashion industry, designing women's wear. In the early 1990s, Max began his career as a decorative painter by designing and painting murals and faux finishes in homes and businesses. He began exhibiting his original artwork in galleries in 1999 and moved to Palm Springs in 2008.
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