Lawrence String Quartet Opens
Music In Deerfield's 23rd Season
DEERFIELD-The St Lawrence Quartet will open the 2001-2002 season of Music
In Deerfield's famed chamber music series on November 2nd at 8:00 p.m. at
the Historic Brick Church in the heart of Old Deerfield.
The November 2nd program, dedicated to the victims of the September Tragedy
of 2001, will open with Mozart's String Quartet No. 16 in E-flat major K.
428, one of the six great quartets Mozart composed after intensive study of
his friend Haydn's Quartets, and which Mozart dedicated to the older
composer. Next will be the recently premiered "Miracles and Mud", a
single-movement work about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict commissioned by
the St. Lawrence from composer Jonathan Berger of Stanford University.
Tchaikovsky's String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11, best known for its
haunting and frequently excerpted "Andante cantabile" movement concludes
the evening's concert.
Entering its 11th season, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has proven it is
possible to entertain all types of audiences while maintaining the highest
level of quality in musical interpretation and technique. Called "a
quartet of stars" by Le Monde of Paris, the four vibrant musicians have had
rave reviews follow them throughout their tours around the world.
The quartet records exclusively with EMI Classics. Quartet in residence of
California's Stanford University, the Quartet also has an active touring
season with concerts throughout Europe and across Canada and the United
The Quartet studied in a program jointly sponsored by the University of
Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music. In 1992 they won first prizes
at both the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York and
the Banff String Quartet Competition. They were the first Quartet to
participate in a two-year residency program at the Hartt School of Music at
Hartford University. There they received intensive coaching with the
renowned Emerson String Quartet. They went on to The Juilliard School,
where they served as "Graduate String-Quartet-in-Residence" from 1992-94.
At Yale University, from 1994-96, they were teaching assistants to the
eminent Tokyo String Quartet.
The members of the St. Lawrence have helped to create innovative programs
introducing music to people throughout North America. In Kansas, the
ensemble joined Robert Kapilow and the Ying String Quartet to create an
original and successful yearlong program, Music-Connection, for the Kansas
City Friends of Chamber Music. With similar educational goals in mind,
other residency programs were developed for the Carnegie Hall Foundation in
New York City and the Disney Institute in Orlando. In addition to
performing works from the great classical repertoire, the St. Lawrence
String Quartet is actively involved in commissioning and performing new
Concert Conversations with John Montanari and a member of the St. Lawrence
String Quartet will precede the performance in the sanctuary at 7:00 p.m.
to give patrons an overview of the program and the performers. A reception
to meet the artists will follow the concert at the Deerfield Inn.
Tickets and subscriptions for all concerts may be ordered at (413) 625-9511
or (888) MTC-MUSE; on the world wide web at www.musicindeerfield.org and at
Pre ordered tickets are $18.50, children and high school students, $8.00.
A 4 concert Season Subscription is $66.00; a 5 concert subscription is
$80.00, and a 6 concert subscription is $93. A complimentary "Friday in
Northampton" Mohawk Trail Concerts summer series ticket will be given to
At the door general tickets are $20 and student tickets are $10.