From April through December, the Friends of Music of Stamford, NY present a monthly chamber music concert on the third Sunday of every month. Performances are generously hosted by the Stamford United Methodist Church at 88 Main Street. Admission is by donation; the suggested donation is $12 per person, and $6 for seniors & students. There is no charge for those under age 13.
The first concert of the 2018 season will be the Argus Quartet on Sunday, April 15, starting at 3PM, featuringClara Kim (violin), Jason Issokson (violin), Dana Kelley (viola), and Joann Whang (cello). This acclaimed ensemble will play Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 1 in E-flat Major, Opus 12; Augusta Read Thomas’s CHI for string quartet (2017), Josquin des Prez’s – Josquiniana (arranged by Charles Wuorinen), and Witold Lutoslawski’s String Quartet.
Praised for playing with “supreme melodic control and total authority” and “decided dramatic impact” (Calgary Herald), the Argus Quartet has quickly emerged as one of today’s most dynamic and versatile young ensembles, winning First Prize at both the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, and the 2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition.
Shortly after its inception in 2013, the group received a two-year fellowship to study with the Brentano String Quartet at Yale School of Music. Chamber Music America and the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts, among others, provided grants in support of new commissions. In 2016, the Kronos Quartet invited the Argus Quartet to participate in Fifty for the Future, an ambitious commissioning project and workshop presented by the Weill Music Institute of Carnegie Hall.
In 2017, the Argus Quartet relocated to New York City to begin a graduate residency at the Juilliard School. Recent and upcoming performances internationally include appearances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall, Roulette, the Albany Symphony’s American Music Festival, Bang on a Can at the Noguchi Museum, the Hear Now Music Festival, Providence College, University of Michigan, James Madison University’s Contemporary Music Festival, Princeton University, the Shalin Liu Performance Center at Rockport Music, and the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam.
Cash or check only; no advance ticket sales or reservations. Complimentary refreshments by A Taste of Europe from Cobelskill will be served after the concert. The Stamford United Methodist Church is handicap accessible and has ample parking. For more information about Friends of Music of Stamford, and for a complete listing of concerts planned for this season, visit www.friendsmusic.org.