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Serafin String Quartet Returns to Weill Recital Hall

February 29, 2016 | By Norman Dunfee
Press@legatoarts.com
Legato Arts presents Serafin Quartet in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall Monday, March 14, 2016, at 8:00 PM

Legato Arts is pleased to present the Serafin String Quartet at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, in their third appearance at Weill Recital Hall. The Quartet’s prior performances in Weill Recital Hall include their debut in 2004 and a sold-out return in 2006. The concert features the New York premiere of two short pieces for quartet, Veil of Leaves and Between the Accidental, by noted young composer Julia Adolphe, along with works by Shostakovich and Grieg. Adolphe’s current commissions include a viola concerto for the New York Philharmonic and Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps.

The quartet shares Adolphe’s passion for exploring new works, and for expanding the musical conversation through the ages. While many of Adolphe’s aesthetic elements are time-honored, she ventures into atmospheric tonal worlds through the use of extended techniques, tonalities and sonic devices. The two brief works reveal her potential as a masterful string quartet composer. "Veil of Leaves" presents contrasting themes, and rich, earthy and dark sonorities contrasted by rhythmic exuberance and light harmonics. "Between the Accidental" juxtaposes highly dissonant sonorities with modal melodies

The program also includes Dimitri Shostakovich's String Quartet #3, a brilliant example of the composer's knack for conveying emotion, irony, character and sonic diversity. The program closes with Edvard Grieg's String Quartet Op. 27, offering the listener a romantic display echoing the vigor and joy of life and love, while also dancing with death and the darker side of human experience.

Tickets are on sale now for the March 14th concert and are available through CarnegieCharge (212-247-7800), online at www.carnegiehall.org and at the Carnegie Hall box office located at 57th St. and 7th Ave. in New York City.

About Serafin Quartet

Serafin String Quartet’s world premiere recording featuring early chamber works by award-winning composer Jennifer Higdon was released by Naxos in 2013. The Quartet’s debut recording (Centaur Records 2010) was hailed by The Strad Magazine for "playing with style and sophistication" and the American Record Guide for "combining true rhythmic precision, beautiful intonation, and beautiful articulation with an excellent sense of balance and deeply satisfying musical phrasing.” The Quartet serves as Quartet in Residence at the University of Delaware and takes its name from master violin maker, Sanctus Serafin, who in 1728 crafted the violin currently played by Kate Ransom. The other members of the Quartet, Lisa Vaupel, Esme Allen-Creighton and Lawrence Stomberg all play Testore instruments, thanks to the generosity of Dr. William J Stegeman. For more information, please visit www.serafinquartet.org

The Program

Julia Adolphe, "Veil of Leaves"* Julia Adolphe, "Between the Accidental"* Shostakovich, String Quartet No. 3 Grieg, String Quartet No. 1, Op. 27. *New York Premieres

Contact: Norman Dunfee 917-592-8317 Press@legatoarts.com

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