The Westport Arts Center is thrilled to present the Calidore String Quartet, one of the most exciting of the younger string quartets, on Friday, March 2 at 7:30pm at the Arts Center.
The concert is generously sponsored by Howard Aibel.
The Calidore String Quartet’s “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct” (New York Times) and “balance of intellect and expression” (Los Angeles Times) has won them accolades across the globe and firmly established them as one of the finest chamber music ensembles performing today.
The Quartet is comprised of Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan on violin, Jeremy Berry on viola and Estelle Choi on cello.
For this performance, the Calidore String Quartet will perform a program including Mozart’s Divertimento in F Major, K. 138, Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 117, Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in D Major, Op. 44 No. 1 and Caroline Shaw’s First Essay, “Nimrod” (2016).
The Calidore String Quartet (contributed photo)
Alexander Platt, the curator for the Westport Arts Center’s 2017-18 Concert Series, will serve as a guide for concert attendees, and will share his perspective and insights at the performance.
Platt stated, "We were so honored last month to welcome back to Westport the world-renowned Juilliard String Quartet, in a large-scale, canonical program that featured one of Beethoven's late quartets, and we are thrilled to present the young and brilliant Calidores, in their Arts Center debut -- here in a fresh, eclectic program.”
“The concert will feature the beloved works of Mozart and Mendelssohn with a bracing new piece by the gifted young American Caroline Shaw, and with one of Dmitri Shostakovich's arresting quartets from the 1960's, full of his uniquely Russian language of wit and anxiety, it will be a fabulous night," Platt added.
The concert will take place in the context of the visually stunning What Keeps Mankind Alive and The Last Library exhibition at the Westport Arts Center, featuring the works of Ward Shelley and his collaboration partner Douglas Paulson, on view through March 2.
To learn more about the Calidore String Quartet concert or the 2017-18 Concert Series, please visit www.westportartscenter.org or call 203/222-7070. The Westport Arts Center thanks WSHU for their generous support.
More About The Calidore String Quartet
Using an amalgamation of “California” and “doré” (French for “golden”), the ensemble’s name represents a reverence for the diversity of culture and the strong support it received from its home of origin, Los Angeles, California, in the “Golden State.” The Calidore String Quartet aims to present performances that share the passion and joy of the string quartet chamber music repertoire.
The Quartet made international headlines as the winner of the $100,000 Grand-Prize of the 2016 inaugural M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition, the largest prize for chamber music in the world. Most recently in 2017 the Calidore was honored with the Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award. The 2017-18 season continues the Calidore’s three year residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program.
The Westport Arts Center encourages advance registration. Tickets for the Juilliard String Quartet concert are $40 for WAC members and $50 for non-members if purchased in advance. All tickets purchased at door are $60/ticket.
Free Companion Tickets are also available for Seniors ages 65+; each ticket purchase of $50 includes a free companion ticket (a two-for-one!).