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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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.