Homeland Free outreach concert (virtual) for our partner West Deptford Free Public Library.
Suite on Armenian Folk Songs by Komitas
Japanese traditional songs Homeland, The Moon over Abandoned Castle, The Red Dragonfly
Caroline Shaw's Limestone & Felt
Beethoven String Trio in C minor
Keiko Tokunaga, violin; William Frampton, viola; and Ani Kalayjian on cello
A Festival of Strings
May 22, 2:30pm Live at The Music Barn
May 23, 2:30pm Online YouTube Premiere
Doori Na and Michelle Ross, violin; Caitlyn Lynch and William Frampton, viola; Jia Kim, cello
String Quintet no. 2 in E flat major Max Bruch (1838-1920)
String Quintet no. 1 in F major Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
May 8, 2:30 pm Live at The Music Barn
May 9, 2:30 pm Online YouTube Premiere
Sarah Whitney and Sami Merdinian, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; Louis Levitt, bass
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April 24, 2:30 pm Live at The Music Barn
April 25, 2:30 pm Online broadcast
Karla Donehew Perez, violin; Abi Fayette, violin; Paul Laraia, viola; Karlos Rodriguez, cello
String Quartet in G Major Florence Price
Fantasiestücke for String Quartet, Op. 5 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor Florence Price
Our very first concert broadcast over Zoom January 24 at 3:00pm.
Artistic Director William Frampton, viola
Bach’s Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat interspersed with music of Reger and Thea Musgrave’s “From One to Another”.
Read Debra Harder's interview with composer Thea Musgrave from 2018 when we were introduced to this work.
Escher String Quartet, Oct. 18, 2:00 pm at The Music Barn
What a nice collaboration we had with our new partner Jake Heil at The Music Barn.
I’ve always enjoyed performing on the wonderful Music at Bunker Hill series. But it was especially sweet to perform with my Quartet on that glorious Fall day at The Music Barn. The audience was full (socially distanced of course), warm, and receptive, and the beautiful rural setting was spectacular. It was especially sweet for us as it was the first live audience we’ve performed for in many months. We were left glowing for many days after. We all agreed that we’d happily return to perform there again. -Brendan Speltz, violin
Adam Barnett-Hart, violin
Brendan Speltz, violin
Pierre Lapointe, viola
Brook Speltz, cello
String Quartet in G major, op. 18 no. 2 — Beethoven
String Quartet In G minor, op. 10 — Debussy
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Visit the American Symphony Orchestra online page to watch the parks concerts below and more. These were some of the first live concerts offered in South Jersey during the pandemic.
Concert Celebrating Black Composers
Sept 12, 2020, 7:00 at Washington Lake Park
Presented in partnership with American Symphony Orchestra (ASO) of New York City, a string quartet featuring musicians from ASO performed a program of works by Black composers. The quartet is comprised of ASO's concertmaster Cyrus Beroukhim, violinist Philip Payton, principal viola William Frampton, and cellist Alberto Parrini.
This program was curated by Philip Payton to celebrate and explore the significant contributions to classical music by Black composers. Audience members heard music ranging from traditional gospel and folk songs arranged for string quartet by Florence Price--the first Black woman to have a composition performed by a major orchestra--to mesmerizing works by contemporary composers Jessie Montgomery and Trevor Weston. Also programmed, works by William Grant Still, Adolphus Hailstork, and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson.
Concert in the Park Aug 9, 2020
Nino Rota (1911-1979) - Love theme from Romeo and Juliet for string quartet, arr. by Matthew Naughtin
Nino Rota - Nino Rota Quartetto per archi (1948/54)
Samuel Barber (1910-1981) - String Quartet in B minor, Op. 11 (1935)
George Walker (1922-2018) - String Quartet No. 1, Lyric (1946)