Visiting Artist SeriesVoxare String Quartet
The Williams College Department of Music presents Voxare String Quartet on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams campus. On the same day and in the same venue the quartet also offers a composition reading at 2:35 p.m. and a master class at 4:15 p.m. All of these events are free and open to the public.
The Voxare String Quartet opens the concert with Pannonia Boundless. About the piece the composer Aleksandra Vrebelov states, “[The] Kronos [Quartet] asked me to do six minutes of virtuosic music that would be based on Gypsy tunes and would employ specific techniques of these nomadic musicians. After the research in Novi Sad radio archives and many visits to Gypsy taverns in Vojvodina, I wrote this piece as an homage to those musicians who from the margins of the society, [who] have the power to touch our hearts.”
Also on the first half is a work by much acclaimed composer Mohammed Fairouz titled, The Named Angels, a piece that addresses the composer’s fascination with the mythology of angels in Middle Eastern folklore.
After the intermission the quartet presents Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in A Minor, op. 13, a work that was written by Mendelssohn in his late teens and inspired by poetry and the late quartets of Beethoven.
About Voxare String Quartet
“The gifted Voxare String Quartet” (The New York Times) formed in 2008 and has since received critical praise for its inventive programming, technical prowess, attention to detail, and passionate performances. The New York Times recently declared that Voxare plays with “penetrating tone and lucid textures,” and has on numerous occasions chosen Voxare as its Classical Pick of the Week. Voxare is a frequent performer at Bargemusic in New York City where they have been quartet-in-residence. Voxare has been featured live on WNYC’s Soundcheck, and its concerts broadcast on WQXR. Voxare’s unique performing activities earned the quartet Chamber Music America’s 2010 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Voxare has studied with the Juilliard String Quartet at its String Quartet Seminar and with the Kronos Quartet through Carnegie Hall.
With a repertoire spanning five centuries, Voxare has frequently worked closely with leading composers, including Pulitzer Prize winners Ned Rorem and David Del Tredici. In 2010, Voxare was Quartet-in-Residence at the International Computer Music Conference, and presented a three day Mostly Riley Festival to celebrate the 75th birthday of Terry Riley at Bargemusic. Voxare has performed works by living composers at its residency series, DIG IT! New Music, at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a residency at Dartmouth College, as well as a series of concerts for Columbia University’s Lunchtime Series featuring works of Barber, Copland, Ives, and Thomson.
Their debut recording project, for the Naxos label, will feature works of Daron Hagen. Also in the works is a recording of music by David del Tredici. They have appeared recently on the Today show, and will appear in Fall 2014 on National Geographic’s Brain Games.
Voxare is not afraid to break down the boundaries of classical music; they have made and performed their own transcriptions of popular and rock music and often perform in alternative concert venues, presenting innovative concerts focused on unique and accessible presentations of contemporary chamber music while assimilating classical standards and popular music. Voxare can be heard on the soundtracks of several films shown at festivals such as Sundance and Tribeca.