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Amelia Islander

American String Quartet Valentine's Day Concert

Jan 22, 2016 02:00AM
If you’re looking for a distinctive and romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart, consider an evening with the internationally renowned American String Quartet. Recognized as one of the world’s finest quartets, the American String Quartet has spent decades honing the luxurious sound for which it is famous. The Quartet celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014 and, in its years of touring, has performed in all fifty states and has appeared in the most important concert halls worldwide. The Quartet features Peter Winograd, violin, Laurie Carney, violin, Wolfram Koessel, cello, and Daniel Avshalomov, viola. Their presentations of the complete quartets of Beethoven, Schubert, Schoenberg, Bartók, and Mozart have won widespread critical acclaim, and their MusicMasters Complete Mozart String Quartets, performed on a matched quartet set of instruments by Stradivarius, are widely considered to have set the standard for this repertoire. Formed when its original members were students at The Juilliard School, the American String Quartet’s career began with the group winning both the Coleman Competition and the Naumburg Award in the same year. Individually, the members devote additional time outside the Quartet’s active performance and teaching schedule to solo appearances, recitals, and master classes. “The American String Quartet appeared our first year,’ says Christopher Rex, AICMF’s artistic director. “We are thrilled to welcome them back for our 15th anniversary.” The program includes quartets by Mozart and Ravel, along with Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata Quintet, arranged for String Quintet with Rex as the second cello. The special Valentine’s Day concert will be performed on February 14 at 5 p.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2600 Atlantic Avenue. Tickets are $45. For more information call (904) 261-1779.