The Sis Frank Concert Series 2018

The St. John School of the Arts is proud to present a high quality series of performers throughout the winter of 2018. In re-establishing this tradition, we are honoring the legacy of our founder Sis Frank, a true St. John icon, who worked tirelessly to keep a vibrant arts presence on our island. By purchasing tickets and attending the performances, you can participate in making our island a more joyful and enriching place to be.



Joseph Johnson and Jeffrey Sikes
February 9, 2018
7:30 P.M.

Joseph Johnson has been heard throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician and educator. His festival appearances include performances in all classical genres at the American festivals of Santa Fe, Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Bard, Cactus Pear, Grand Teton, and Music in the Vineyards as well as the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and the Virtuosi Festival in Brazil. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Joseph Johnson earned his master’s degree from Northwestern University. Awards and honours include a performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music and first prize from the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition.

Mr. Johnson performs on a magnificent Paolo Castello cello crafted in Genoa in 1780. He uses Jarger Superior brand strings exclusively.

Alex Brown Trio featuring Victor Provost
March 23, 2018
7:30 P.M.


The understated virtuosity of pianist Alex Brown is a clear indication that reports of jazz music’s demise are greatly exaggerated. Fast emerging at the forefront of a new generation of artists, Brown is mightily armed with the technique of jazz tradition, reinvested with fresh curiosity and vision for what jazz is, and can be.

Featured in the January 2010 issue of Keyboard Magazine, Alex Brown’s reputation continues expanding via his notable performances with everyone from innovative saxophonist Miguel Zenon to the legendary Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. “A really fine record that leaves you wanting more,” said DownBeat magazine of Pianist, Alex Brown’s 2010 debut CD (Sunnyside), further emphasizing “…and Brown can play!” That is something jazz audiences throughout the world have been discovering since 2007, when he joined the group of the renowned Paquito D’Rivera, sharing in the ensemble’s 2010 Grammy nomination as a part of D’Rivera’s album, “Jazz-Clazz.”

In addition to touring with D’Rivera, Alex Brown performs regularly as the leader of his own jazz ensemble. “There are those who only play what audiences like,” says Alex. “Then there are those who only play what they want. I’m drawn to music that has complexity but that anyone can enjoy.” Classical, rhythm & blues, hip-hop, Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian styles all co-mingle – naturally and infectiously – in Brown’s music, reflecting his unique path, and the continued evolution of the genre. Members include his brother Brown,

The Ahn Trio
April 6, 2017
7:30 P.M.

The Ahn Trio, hailed as “exacting and exciting musicians” by the LA Times, is made up of three Juilliard-trained Korean-American sisters, pianist Lucia, violinist Angella, and cellist Maria. The Trio has released 8 critically acclaimed albums on EMI Classics, Sony, and Warner. Their ever-evolving vision of being a 21st century musician, and wide- ranging collaborations with modern dance companies including a B-boy dance company, film directors, rock bands, DJs, singers, and more led to the nickname “Classical revolutionaries” given to them by New York Newsday. Pat Metheny and other luminary composers such as Michael Nyman, Maurice Jarre, Mark O’Connor, DJ Spooky have written music for them.

In 2011 President Obama invited Ahn Trio to perform at the White House. The Ahns have performed at the prestigious TED conference and was only classical group to be invited to perform at iTunes Festival 2008 in Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac released by Sony, was No. 8 in the Billboard Charts for 26 weeks. Their Dvorak, Suk, and Shostakovich album on EMI won Germany’s prestigious ECHO Award. People Magazine selected the sisters three of 50 Most Beautiful People in 2003. Their unique approach to music has taken the sisters to Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon, Vienna’s Musikverein, New York’s Lincoln Center, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Beijing’s Concert Hall, Istanbul’s Aya Irini in Topkapi Palace, to over 30 countries and every state in America.

Ahn Trio is excited to announce the release of their new album BLUE in the spring of 2017. Says the Trio, “BLUE is a musical diary recorded for Lucia’s son Blue of the Trio’s past and present; being invited to jam with Prince at Paisley Park, working with Pat Metheny on the piece Yuryung he wrote for us, performing Skylife at the Obama White House, having the honor of performing at TEDWomen and meeting extraordinary female leaders from around the globe.” With their album BLUE, Ahns share their pioneering and creative spirit with their old and new fans alike.

Ahn Trio: A Modern Take on a Piano Violin Cello

St John School of the Arts is proud to present The Ahn Trio, which is made possible with partial funding through a grant from the MidAtlantic Arts Foundation

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SERIES TICKETS $90 (One Ticket to Each of 3 Shows)
INDIVIDUAL TICKETS $35 (One Ticket to One Show)

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