ENGAGEMENT

 

In a typical performance setting, the four members of a string quartet sit in a semi-circle. It is the audience that completes the circle - creating a special synergism which allows for a truly special and memorable event.

As strong advocates for outreach events and educational workshops, we are actively searching to engage various communities in diverse ways. Furthermore, the quartet is dedicated to spreading the values and principles of chamber music to the younger generations of musicians.

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EDUCATION

As a quartet, we have presented a wide range of educational workshops for all ages and musical levels focusing on some of the fundamental elements of being a chamber music ensemble:

Communication, Teamwork, Collaboration and Compromise.

These presentations have led us to a wide variety of schools and institutions, including public middle and high schools, performing arts centers, youth orchestra programs, prestigious colleges and universities. Such credits include the Empire State Youth Orchestra, Highland Park High School Orchestral program, the University of South Florida, Richland College and Virginia Tech University.

 

COMMUNITY

In sharing the incredible repertoire and values of chamber music, we formed new relationships that helped us become part of a greater musical community.

One of the quartet’s earliest projects was working the “Bridging the Gap” organization in Worcester, MA- a program for youth at risk associated with The Salvation Army.  While there, the group interacted with kids of various ages, teaching them to use musical improvisation as a way to discover their individual voice.

While serving as the Quartet-in-Residence at the Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Colorado, we experienced the great appreciation for musical connection in places such as soup kitchens, farmer’s markets, public libraries, and town squares.

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LOOKING FORWARD

As passionate believers in the creativity of living composers, we are continually seeking new and innovate ways to engage, cultivate and spread their unique contributions. Furthermore, just as Mozart and Beethoven was once “contemporary” for audiences, the expansion of our rich repertoire depends on the fostering and advocacy of new ideas and creative outlets for today’s living composers.

One such special project took place in February of 2019, in which the quartet collaborated with The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and award-winning Texas composer Jesus Martinez in tribute to both the Museum’s thirtieth anniversary and the fifty-fifth anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, performing a newly commissioned work “The Sixth Floor” - a stirring journey from the darkest days of 1963 to a deeper understanding of the enduring legacy of President Kennedy and what lies beyond.