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Miami String Quartet

Photograph of the Miami String QuartetFriday, October 4, 2013
8PM
Gildenhorn Recital Hall

Benny Kim, violin
Cathy Meng Robinson, violin
Scott Lee, viola
Keith Robinson, cello

The 2013-2014 marks the 25th anniversary of music-making for the Miami String Quartet, known for their eclectic repertoire and adventuresome approach to concertizing.

In celebration of this quarter-century achievement, the quartet will participated in a two-day residency with the UMD School of Music's chamber music students, an engagement that will culminate in a performance on the stage of the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Recital Hall on the evening of October 4th. This recital will feature a joint performance with Excelsa, the UMD School of Music’s Graduate Fellowship String Quartet.

The quartet’s program highlights the range of possibilities in chamber music repertoire, beginning with a modern-day composer and moving back in time to the 1800s. To learn more about the pieces and composers featured on this program, visit the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library and explore these resources:

Joan Tower - Angels (String Quartet No.4), a piece premiered for Tower by the Miami String Quartet in 2008 

  • Scores: Follow along with Tower's Angels
  • Books: Explore analyses of this piece and learn more about the interplay of the string quartet in these resources2015

Dimitri Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 9, Op. 117

  • Recordings: Compare several performances of Shostakovich's quartet
  • Scores
  • Books: Learn more about Shostakovich's fascinating life story through biographies and the composer's own writings

Felix Mendelssohn - Octet, Op. 20

  • Recordings
  • Scores: Want to keep up with the music? Check out a score today!
  • Books: those that are interested into delving deeper into all aspects of Mendelssohn's Octet shouldn't miss James M. Keller's Chamber Music: A Listener's Guide!

Known for their eclectic repertoire and adventuresome approach to concertizing, the Miami String Quartet celebrates 25 years of music-making in the 2013–2014 season.

The quartet will share that celebration with Center patrons and the UMD School of Music as they present a public recital and a two-day residency with UMD chamber music students.

The quartet’s program highlights the range of possibilities in chamber music repertoire, beginning with a modern-day composer and moving back in time to the 1800s. The program opens with American composer Joan Tower’s Angels (String Quartet No.4), a piece that the Miami String Quartet premiered for Tower in 2008 and which is dedicated to the people in Tower’s life who have shown a generosity of spirit and a love of humanity.

This will be followed by Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 9, which, unlike most of Shostakovich’s work, was changed and revised several times before it was premiered in 1964 in Moscow, Russia, and is dedicated to his third wife, Irina Antonovna.

Their program will culminate with a joint performance of Mendelssohn’s Octet, Op. 20 with Excelsa, the UMD School of Music’s Graduate Fellowship String Quartet. Mendelssohn was just 16 years old when he composed the piece, which had its debut in 1836 and was written as a birthday gift for his friend and violin teacher, Eduard Rietz.

- See more at: http://claricesmithcenter.umd.edu/events/2013/miami-string-quartet#sthash.789dFcGD.dpuf
Friday, October 4, 2013 . 8PM