Friday, February 4, 2011

Jasper String Quartet Performs Saturday, Feb. 19

CHESTERTOWN—The acclaimed artists of the Jasper String Quartet will appear at Washington College on Sat., Feb. 19 as the third installment of the college’s 59th Concert Series. The “Jaspers,” recently named quartet-in-residence at the Oberlin Conservatory, will perform Beethoven Op. 18, No.3; Conrad Tao’s Quartet No. 2 (a 2010 commission for the Jasper Quartet by the teen-aged composer); and Brahms Op. 51, No. 2. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Hotchkiss Recital Hall of the Gibson Center for the Arts.

Quartet members J. Freivogel, Sae Chonabayashi, Sam Quintal, and Rachel Henderson Freivogel formed the group as students at Oberlin College and have since performed worldwide. Called “an impressive young ensemble” by The New York Times, the quartet won the 2009 Horatio Parker Memorial Prize from the Yale School of Music, where they studied under the Tokyo String Quartet. In 2008 it won top prizes at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the Coleman Competition, Chamber Music Yellow Springs, and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. In addition, the four musicians served two years as the Ernst C. Stiefel String Quartet in Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts in Katonah.
Washington College students are admitted to the performance free with a valid ID. Tickets will be sold at the door at $5 for youth ages 18 and under and $15 for others. The Gibson Center for the Arts is located on the Washington College campus, 300 Washington Ave., Chestertown.

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