was my "first time wonderful experience" to both see and hear this leading
chamber music ensemble.
The good news is the Avalon String Quartet will return on Sunday, April 18 at 4:00 p.m. for a brand new performance at the intimate Gottlieb Hall of the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center in the Merit School of Music.
This spring engagement of its Chicago Concert Series will include: Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 127, representative of his later stylistic period; Johannes Brahms' Clarinet Quintet Op 115, an evocative work full of yearning and wistfulness; and a new debuting composition by Harold Meltzer, winner of the 2008 Barlow Prize in String Quartet Composition.
Clarinetist Anthony McGill will also join this special afternoon event.
The Avalon Sting Quartet was formed 15 years ago in 1995 at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Their success continued when Isaac Stern personally invited them to perform in Jerusalem, shortly followed by their Carnegie Hall debut. Currently they are in residence at Northern Illinois University, where they perform four annual programs in Chicago and DeKalb plus teaching individual studios and coach chamber music at the school.
The rest of their continuing success is musical history.
The February 10th Avalon String Quartet performance featured Guest Artist and famed celloist, Yehuda Hanani. Mr. Hanani is a Soloist, chamber musician, master teacher, essayist and worldwide Ambassador for the Arts. He performs with well-known orchestras throughout America, South America, Europe, Asia and numerous other locations, bringing his intimate chamber music approach to
the symphony stage.
The three works on the February program shared a Russian connection: the first two are by Russians Sergei Prokofiev and Anton Arensky while the third originated as a Russian commission from Ludwig van Beethoven.
The mesmerizing Avalon String Quartet featured violist Anthony Devroye, celloist Cheng-Hou Lee, violinist Blaise Magniere and Canadian violinist Marie Wang.
Each musician's performance was superlative as well as a joy to watch.
For those people who missed the February performance, the Chicago Concert
Series appears on Sunday, April 18 at 4 p.m, again at the Merit School of Music. The address is 38 S. Peoria Street, Chicago.
Tickets are $25 each; $10 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased
online at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling the toll-free 24/7 ticket
hotline at 1-800-838-3006.
For further information on the Avalon String Quartet, please visit www.avalonquartet.com or www.niu.edu/music.