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Close Encounters With Music presents: The Art of the String Quartet – The Avalon

February 11 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST


The notable Avalon String Quartet returns with another Berkshire premiere, “For Such a Time as This,” a retelling of the biblical Esther story for string quartet and vocalist, from a feminist perspective. Composer Stacy Garrop’s (recent commissions from the Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Louisiana symphony orchestras) intent is to remind us “we each possess agency to make changes happen in our lives, to act upon injustices, and leave the world a better place.” Mendelssohn’s Quartet No. 2 pulsates with young love before landing in fairyland with a shimmering scherzo right out of Midsummer Night’s Dream. Puccini’s verismo-style “Chrysanthemums,” a seldom-performed gem, begins the concert.

Julia Bentley, narrator/mezzo-soprano, Avalon String QuartetBlaise Magniere, violin; Marie Wang, violin; Anthony Devroye, viola; Cheng-Hou Lee, cello.

“The Avalon—drop-dead gorgeous playing” – Classics Today

Afterglow Reception in Saint James Place’s Great Hall following the concert in the Sanctuary Space. You are invited to meet the artists and enjoy bites and beverages by Authentic Eats by Oleg. Join us!


February 11
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
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