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String quartet to perform musical masterpieces by ‘German giants’
Langley Community Music School welcomes the New Orford String Quartet to the Rose Gellert Hall on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. The quartet includes Jonathan Crow, violin, Andrew Wan, violin, Eric Nowlin, viola, and Brain Manker, cello.
“The audience will hear two big masterpieces written by German giants, Beethoven and Brahms,” said Elizabeth Bergmann, artistic director concerts for LCMS. “It is always such a thrill to hear these great works.
“I am especially pleased the New Orford String Quartet will also perform the first quartet by one of Canada’s most famous composers, R. Murray Schafer. The piece was written in 1970 and was commissioned by the Purcell String Quartet, of which LCMS Artistic Director Emeritus Ian Hampton was cellist. In his first work for quartet, Schafer explores new sound ideas for the string quartet idiom.”
“The string quartet is considered by many chamber music fans to be the ultimate ensemble in music collaboration,” added Bergmann.
“It’s not easy to create something special together.
“In the string quartet, you have two violins, one viola and one cello, so it’s basically a representation of the strings in an orchestra.
“However, since the players have to ‘hold their own’ so to speak, one can witness elements of absolute intense communication, energy, exchange and intimacy among the players. This is what makes listening to a string quartet so exciting.”
Hailed for their “ravishingly beautiful tone” as well as their “extraordinary technical skills and musicianship” the members of the New Orford String Quartet are all principal players in the Montreal and Toronto Symphony Orchestras.
Rather than committing to a year-round schedule, the members of the quartet, which formed in 2009, meet for residencies in various centres for short periods of time, providing a fresh perspective on interpretations of standard string quartet repertoire. For more information visit www.neworford.com or www.facebook.com/neworford.
Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, and $20 for students.
Call the box office for tickets at 604-534-2848. The Rose Gellert Hall is located at 4899 207 St. in Langley.