Obituary: San Francisco Symphony’s Lawrence Granger, 57

Posted on: June 19, 2009

In Friday’s (6/19) San Francisco Chronicle, Joshua Kosman writes, “Lawrence Granger, a gifted and committed cellist with the San Francisco Symphony for 30 years, died Sunday at UCSF Hospital shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. He was 57. Mr. Granger joined the Symphony in 1979, after stints with the Oakland Symphony and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. A dedicated chamber player, he appeared regularly with his orchestral colleagues on the Symphony’s Chamber Music Series and as part of the independently produced Chamber Music Sundaes. He also performed as a guest member of several community orchestras. Among his solo appearances under the Symphony’s auspices were his participation in the local premieres of works by Su Lian Tan, Steven Stucky and Bright Sheng during the 1993 Wet Ink Festival. Mr. Granger was born in San Diego on March 1, 1952, and moved to the Bay Area with his family in 1966. He attended then-Cal State Hayward, earning a music degree in 1975, and studied with Bonnie Hampton and Symphony principal cellist Michael Grebanier. He joined the music faculty of his alma mater—later Cal State East Bay—in 1990.”

Posted June 19, 2009