WSCC online performing arts series to feature the Fry Street String Quartet

February 28, 2021

WSCC online performing arts series to feature the Fry Street String Quartet

VICTORY TOWNSHIP — The West Shore Community College Performing Arts Living Series will feature a musical evening with the Fry Street String Quartet on Thursday, March 4. The online concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

The quartet, hailed as “a triumph of ensemble playing” by The New York Times, is a multi-faceted ensemble taking chamber music in new directions. Touring music of the masters as well as exciting original works from visionary composers of our time, the Fry Street Quartet has perfected a “blend of technical precision and scorching spontaneity” (The Strad).

The FSQ’s repertoire reaches many corners of the musical spectrum, including works of Britten, Schubert, Beethoven and Bartok, as well as programs of American women composers Laura Kaminsky, Amy Beach, Joan Tower and Libby Larsen. For this concert, the quartet will perform works by Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bartok, and Brahms.

Since securing the grand prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the quartet has reached audiences from Carnegie Hall to London, and Sarajevo to Jerusalem, exploring the medium of the string quartet and its life-affirming potential with “profound understanding…depth of expression, and stunning technical astuteness” (Deseret Morning News).

With a discography that includes a wide range of works from Haydn and Beethoven to Stravinsky, Janacek and Rorem, the quartet is known for being “equally at home in the classic repertoire of Mozart and Beethoven or contemporary music.” (Palm Beach Daily News).

The quartet’s significant touring history includes performances at major venues, festivals, and for distinguished series such as Carnegie Hall and the Schneider Series at the New School in New York, the Jewel Box series in Chicago, Chamber Music Columbus, the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, the DiBartolo Performing Arts Center at Notre Dame, the Theosophical Society in London, and the Mozart Gemeinde in Klagenfurt, Austria.

The FSQ holds the Russell Family Foundation Endowed String Quartet Residency at the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. In 2019, the members of the FSQ were named music directors of the NOVA Chamber Music Series in Salt Lake City, Utah’s longest-running chamber music series.

All of the performances in the Living Room Series are free of charge and more information and links to the performances can be found on the college’s web site:  www.westshore.edu/performingarts

The performance will also be archived and available for viewing following the livestream event.

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