Lawrence Granger

Lawrence GrangerLawrence Granger has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1979.  Prior to his membership in the San  Francisco Symphony, he was Principal Cellist of the Oakland Symphony.

Mr. Granger has appeared as soloist with many orchestras throughout Northern California.  He is active as a solo recitalist and chamber  musician  with many Bay Area groups. He also plays regularly with Chamber Music Sundaes, a concert series in Berkeley organized and performed by musicians of the San Francisco Symphony.  In addition to standard classic repertoire, he has a special interest in promoting and performing contemporary works for cello.

He has recorded for several movies at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch, and for many radio and television commercials.   He has recorded on the CRI label, Secret Thoughts, (a piece written for him by composer and CSUEB Music professor, Frank La Rocca), and on the New Albion label, Cello Concerto by Peter Lewis.

Larry donated his time in many rehearsals acting as Principle Cellist in the SVS to help our orchestra.  He also recommended our current Principle Cellist and another excellent cellist in the section.  Larry also donated his time to play performances on two Sundays at the Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos.  We owe a great debt of gratitude to Larry.  You can listen to the his performance of “Ave Maria” by Schubert and Bach-Gounoud that he played on Palm Sunday.

April 5, 2009
Palm Sunday


"Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert; arr. M Gibson
Chancel Choir; Lawrence Granger, Cello; Julian Brown, Violin; Jennifer Baham, Piano; Margaret Kvamme, Organ; Michael Gibson, Conductor


"Ave Maria" by Bach-Gounod
Lawrence Granger, Cello; Margaret Kvamme, Piano

"All of us at the San Francisco Symphony are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of our friend and colleague Larry Granger.  Larry had a special appreciation of music—a mixture of his understanding of its technical side from his background as a pilot and, mostly, its emotional side, coming from the caring person that he was. From time to time he went out of his way to let me know how much he appreciated a new piece that the orchestra was playing or a new soloist that we were meeting for the first time. He was actively interested in the future of music and played a real role in encouraging young artists, young composers and new independent performing groups to find their way. I will miss his friendly and savvy spirit."

SFS Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas


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