The Larchmere String Quartet is performing a program of Haydn and Mendelssohn as well as holiday-themed music by Vivaldi, Sibelius, Britten, and others December 2. The group will bring their international attention to Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay. Learn more about this Northern Michigan event from MyNorth Media entertainment writer Ross Boissoneau.
Larchmere String Quartet
How They Got Their Start
The Larchmere String Quartet formed in 2011 at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Founding member Rose Wollman (viola) is joined by Alicia Choi (violin) and newer recruits Kirsten Jermé (cello) and Robert Anemone (violin). It has garnered international attention for its musical dynamism and innovative programming. While paying homage to stalwarts such as Beethoven, Haydn and Mendelssohn, the group also looks to newer composers, both individually and as a group.
Chamber music and classical holiday sounds
Influences and Inspirations
Various orchestral and chamber musicians and composers, from Beethoven to Steve Reich to Pierre Boulez and others
The quartet is equally devoted to music education and performance. It holds the position of Eykamp Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Evansville, acting as artists-in-residence and principal players of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. The members of the LSQ have previously taught at the University of Illinois, Indiana University, Johns Hopkins University and DePauw University, and given strings and chamber music master classes, lectures, and workshops at the University of Florida, Virginia Commonwealth University, Rice University, the University of South Florida, and the University of Southern Maine, among other institutions. This past summer, members of LSQ served as artistic directors of the inaugural Harlaxton Chamber Music Festival in Grantham, England. That fits neatly into the quartet’s residency at Evansville, as Harlaxton College is the University of Evansville’s British campus. The group’s first recording, Stephan Krehl (1864-1924): Complete Chamber Music for String Quartet, is scheduled to be released on the Naxos label in January 2016.
“Propulsive, giddy, rocking … a rush of cyclic riffs and fractured meters.” – The New York Times
“The unity of expression you have achieved is stunning – and it serves the music so perfectly. I felt the Beethoven was revelatory. You really brought out the daring complexities that broke boundaries for its time.” – Julia Adams, violist of the Portland String Quartet
Date & Time
Wednesday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at MyNorthTickets.com
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