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Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 12:15 pm
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert
Jonathan Ong, Violin
Dorothy Ro, Violin
Abigail Rojansky, Viola
Warren Hagerty, Cello
String Quartet No. 14, Op. 131 (37’)
I. Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo
II. Allegro molto vivace
III. Allegro moderato
IV. Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile
VI. Adagio quasi un poco andante
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Today’s concert is generously sponsored by Barbara Hayler in honor of the vibrant community of music lovers at The Admiral at the Lake.
Recognized as “thoughtful, impressive musicians” (Cleveland Classical), the Verona Quartet is a winner of the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition, and over the past three years, has earned a reputation for delivering a “sensational, powerhouse performance” (Classical Voice America) every time they take the stage. Musical America selected the group as “New Artists of the Month” for May 2016, further setting the ensemble apart as one of the most compelling young quartets in chamber music. The Verona Quartet enjoys its second year as Graduate Resident String Quartet at The Juilliard School, where they work closely with members of the Juilliard String Quartet and also teach as Lisa Arnhold Fellows.
Highlights for 2016-17 include: In New York, the Quartet’s Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts; California concerts at La Jolla SummerFest, Pepperdine University Center for the Arts, and Chico Performances at CalState/Chico; Purdue Convocations; Market Square Concerts and in Illinois at Rockford Coronado Concerts.
The Verona Quartet has performed across four continents in venues such as Wigmore Hall (London, UK), Izumi Hall (Osaka, Japan), the National Theatre (Abu Dhabi, UAE), the Melbourne Recital Hall (Melbourne, Australia) and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC). They have also appeared on National Public Radio, The Weekly Special on PBS, and Abu Dhabi Classical FM. The group has garnered top prizes at numerous competitions worldwide: Abroad at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition and the 8th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition; and in the US at the Coleman, Fischoff, and Chesapeake Chamber Music Competitions; and the M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition.
In summer 2016, the Quartet joined the faculty of the Indiana University Summer String Academy as Quartet-in-Residence. Previously, the ensemble has served as visiting artists and teachers at several leading international institutions for music education, including the Beethoven-Haus (Germany), Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and New York University - Abu Dhabi. The Verona Quartet members are strong proponents of community engagement and education. From 2013-2015, the quartet established a relationship with the city of Danville, Illinois, where they curated a concert series and gave outreach performances and master classes across K-12 schools in the city, resulting in an increase in public school music class enrollment to almost double the average of the State of Illinois.
The Verona Quartet’s members hail from the USA, Canada and Singapore, and hold degrees from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Rice University's Shepherd School of Music and Eastman School of Music. Their mentors include the Pacifica Quartet, Alexander Kerr, Atar Arad and Eric Kim. The Quartet has worked with members of the Alban Berg, American, Brentano, Cavani, Cleveland, Fine Arts, Guarneri, Miami, Tokyo, Vermeer and London Haydn Quartets.