The Grammy-nominated Wister Quartet performs selections from Turina, Arriaga, and Borodin at The F. William and Martha-Lee Sunderman Chamber Music Concert at Arcadia University on Sunday, April 21. The free concert is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in the Commons Great Room. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Lisa Kopcsandy (RSVPlisa@arcadia.edu, 215-572-2945).
Comprised of Nancy Bean and Davyd Booth on violin, Pamela Fay on viola, and Lloyd Smith on cello, the quartet will perform:
- Joaquin Turina’s “La Oracion del Torero,” a pensive piece that eloquently evokes the inner tensions a matador faces before entering a bullring;
- Juan Crisostomo Arriaga’s “String Quartet in D Minor,” which boasts Spanish melodies throughout from the prodigal composer known as the “Spanish Mozart;”
- Alexander Borodin’s “String Quartet No. 2 in D Major,” a piece with sumptuous melodies that formed the basis of much of the music in the Broadway hit “Kismet.”
Named to honor Frances Anne Wister, founder of the Volunteer Committees of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Wister Quartet has earned high praise from critics and audiences alike for its superb musicianship and memorable performances, including those with guest artists Emanual Ax, Christoph Eschenbach, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Yo-Yo Ma. Founded in 1987, the Quartet has performed in Europe and Asia, as well as regionally and nationally. The core group of 1807 & Friends chamber ensemble, the Quartet earned a Grammy nomination and critical praise for their “big vibrant sound, dramatic contrasts and brilliant effects,” and has recorded with DTR Recording Company.
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