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Up and Coming Voxare String Quartet to Perform at the Westport Arts Center

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The Voxare String Quartet
The up-and-coming, critically acclaimed Voxare String Quartet will perform an all American program at the Westport Arts Center on Sunday, February 9th, from 3-5pm. The New York Times has described The Voxare String Quartet as a “gifted” group who perform with “penetrating tone and lucid textures.” They will perform works by Samuel Barber, Ned Rorem, Daron Hagen, and Antonin Dvorak's “American.”

The quartet is made up of talented young musicians who have amassed several awards and accolades on their own and as a group. At 16, Violinist Emily Ondracek-Peterson gave her solo debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Also on the violin, Galina Zhadanova won the First Prize at the International Violin Competition in Tokya, Japan, at age 15. Violist Erik Peterson was awarded the Kay H. Logan Award for chamber music performance, and cellist Adrian Daurov has won first prizes at several international music competitions, including the LISMA Foundation Competition in New York in 2006.

The musicians formed the Voxare String Quartet in 2008 when they were studying together at Julliard.
Since their inception they have performed at Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic, the Guggenheim Museum, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. To add to their repertoire of classical music, they also play their own transcriptions of popular and rock music. The group has worked with such notable artists as Pulitzer Prize winning composer Ned Rorem, who described the quartet as “probably the best American chamber group performing today.”

Chamber Music Curator Russell Platt says, "I've always wanted to do an all-American program on the chamber music series, and with this appearance by the vibrant young Voxare String Quartet, coinciding with the Westport Arts Center's exhibition of American photojournalism ‘On The Wire: Veiled Rebillion,’ we finally have a good opportunity to do that. Half of the quartet's members are American, the other two Russian, so I thought it fitting to end the concert with Dvorak's popular String Quartet No. 12, ‘American,’ a work that the Slavic composer wrote during his three-year sojourn in the United States. The rest of the concert will stay close to home. It begins with Barber's beloved Adagio for Strings; continues with the quicksilver brilliance of Ned Rorem's String Quartet No. 4, originally composed for the Emerson String Quartet, which we present in honor of the composer's ninetieth year; and also features the exciting and deeply lyrical Duo for Violin and Cello by Daron Hagen, one of America's most highly regarded composers of opera."

The group created the name “Voxare” as the imagined Latin infinitive of the root word vox, which can be translated as voice, cry, call. “To voice, to call, to utter - these are the aspirations of any artist,” states the quartet. “Our medium, sound, perhaps better than any other, allows creator to commune directly with the recipient.” Be sure to attend the February 9th concert to witness the quartet’s ability to connect with its audience.

Tickets to the concert are $25 for adults, $10 for students with a valid I.D., and are available in advance at (203) 222-7070 and, or at the door 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance. A limited number of $15 tickets will be available for presale at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Avenue, Westport.

The Westport Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting community through the arts, reaches more than 11,000 people annually through outstanding programs in visual arts, arts education, and the performance arts of Chamber music, Jazz, and film. The Westport Arts Center also receives philanthropic support from the Aibel Foundation, the Arnhold Foundation, Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc., Bernstein Global Wealth Management, Cannupa Foundation, Cohen and Wolf, P.C., the Connecticut Office of the Arts, EC Infosystems, Fairfield County Bank, Fairfield County Community Foundation, 4th Row Films, Gault, Inc., GWAY Marketing Gymnasium, Hall Art Foundation, Madison/Mott, Main Street Resources/Green Village Initiative, Meadow Ridge, Melissa & Doug, Moffly Media, Pepperidge Farm, Inc., Realm (formerly Audio Com), Sheffer Family Foundation, Sontag Advisory LLC, Steel Shed, Sun Hill Foundation, Thomas C. Hofstetter of Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney LLC, Tito’s Vodka, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Verde Energy, Westport Resources, Xerox Foundation, WPKN, WSHU Public Radio Group and Yellowtail.
For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at (203) 222-7070 or The Westport Arts Center gallery is open seven days a week, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.

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