Jasper Quartet on Sunday, February 26

February 4, 2017


Brookings Harbor Friends of Music will host a live concert presented by the Jasper String Quartet on Sunday, February 26th. Winner of the prestigious CMA Cleveland Quartet Award, Philadelphia's Jasper String Quartet is the Professional Quartet in Residence at Temple University's Center for Gifted Young Musicians. The Jaspers have been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and "powerful" (New York Times). "The Jaspers match their sounds perfectly, as if each swelling chord were coming out of a single, impossibly well-tuned organ, instead of four distinct instruments." (New Haven Advocate) The quartet records exclusively for Sono Luminus and have released three highly acclaimed albums - Beethoven Op. 131, The Kernis Project: Schubert, and The Kernis Project: Beethoven.


The Jasper String Quartet is named after Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada and was formed at Oberlin Conservatory when the Jaspers began pursuing a professional career in 2006. The group is comprised of J.  Freivogel, first violin, Sae Chonabayash, second violin, Sam Quintal, viola, and Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello. Each of the members are incredible musicians in their own right, and together their music has been described as “Precise and elegant” (Reading Eagle) and “Played with a confidence and comprehension way beyond their years”. (Naples News)


Community engagement is a cornerstone of the Jasper String Quartet's philosophy and they have delighted in performing more than 200 concert/conversations for diverse audiences across the country and world since their formation. The Jaspers strongly believe every person can and should have the opportunity to understand and love great chamber music, no matter the age of the listener or the complexity of the piece. They believe the audience at Carnegie Hall and 3rd graders in public schools both deserve to experience world class live performances and the Jaspers approach each such event with equal intensity and enthusiasm. The Quartet works closely with Philadelphia's Astral Artists to bring first rate chamber music to schools. The Quartet is currently in its second of three years in Astral Artists' Colors of Classical Music, a project funded through a monumental grant from the William Penn Foundation that brings musicians into elementary school classrooms 18 times over 3 years.

The program for the February 26th concert will include;


Mozart - String Quartet in D major, K.575.  Commissioned by the King of Prussia, the Quartet was written at the height of Mozart’s creative powers.

Barber - String Quartet in B Minor, Op.11. This is the source of the familiar and incredible Adagio for Strings, made famous in The Elephant Man, and now on everybody’s lists of classical, modern, and American favorites.


Beethoven – String Quartet in B-flat major Op. 130 with original final movement the Grosse Fuga (Great Fugue).  This fiendishly difficult piece, roundly condemned at its premiere in 1826, was not played again for 27 years.  In it, Beethoven seems to see right over the rest of the 19th century and into the 20th, where it was extremely influential on modern composers.  Glenn Gould, among other critics, has hailed it as the greatest piece of music ever written.


The concert will take place at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 102 Park Avenue, in Brookings, at 3:00 pm on Sunday, February 26 2017.  Single tickets cost $15, and discounted season tickets will also be available.  Students under 18 are admitted free and are encouraged to attend.  Tickets may be purchased at the door, or at Wright's Custom Framing and Art Supplies.  For further information call (541) 412-2957, or visit www.brookingsharborfriendsofmusic.org.

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