Fry Street Quartet performs at Pequot Library Oct. 10

Hailing from Utah, and on their nationwide tour, the Fry Street Quartet stops in Pequot Library’s Concert Hall for a Music at Pequot Library performance on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 7:30. Tickets are available online at pequotlibrary.org or 203-259-0356, ext. 19, or tickets may be purchased at the door on the evening of the concert.

Fry Street Quartet has been hailed as “a triumph of ensemble playing” by The New York Times. Individual tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. All tickets are general admission. Doors open 30 minutes before performances begin.

The concert program consists of: Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), Three Divertimenti; Béla Bartók (1881-1945)

Quartet #2, Op. 17; and Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127. Fry Street Quartet has perfected a “blend of technical precision and scorching spontaneity” Strad. Since securing the Millennium Grand Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Fry Street Quartet has reached audiences from Carnegie Hall to Sarajevo and Jerusalem.

Founded in Chicago in 1997 under the mentorship of Marc Johnson, cellist of the Vermeer Quartet, Fry Street received rave reviews as prizewinners at the Yellow Springs Competition and the Banff International String Quartet Competition. The quartet traveled to Israel to participate in the International Encounters Chamber Music seminar in 2000, where they studied with Isaac Stern. He invited the quartet to the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshop in New York City and subsequently arranged for the quartet’s Carnegie Hall debut in 2001. FSQ’s early years were also defined by a three-year “Rural Residency” in Hickory, NC, sponsored by Chamber Music America and the National Endowment for the Arts. The FSQ is proud that the residency in Hickory continues to this day without national grant support.

Fry Street Quartet began its international career as cultural ambassadors to the Balkan States, sponsored by Carnegie Hall and the U.S Department of State. Subsequent international appearances have included ProQuartet Academy at Pont-Royal, France, the Prague Chamber Festival and Trutnov Autumn Festival in the Czech Republic, Kulturvereinigung Oberschützen in Austria and three visits to the Oficina de Music de Curitiba, Brazil. The quartet created an innovative series called From Prodigy to Master, pairing early and late works of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Mendelssohn with engaging modern compositions inspired by these masters of the quartet genre. Modern works included complete string quartets of Benjamin Britten, as well as a world premiere of st qt, dedicated to Fry Street by composer Thomas McFaul.

In 2002, at the invitation of Utah State University and the Caine Foundation, the Fry Street Quartet arrived in Logan. The task was to build a performance-based approach to a string program in its infancy. Years later, the landscape is much transformed. What was once a very small and undeveloped area is now a vibrant center for string performance in the Intermountain Region; what was an emerging group of performers is now an established and internationally recognized ensemble; what was a collection of artistic departments is now a College in its own right. The Fry Street Quartet is pleased to hold the recently Endowed String Quartet Residency at the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University. Cultivating authentic and creative artistic voices alongside collaborative skills through chamber music is central to the quartet’s teaching. As guest faculty, the quartet has made repeated visits to Madeline Island Music Camp, the Oficina de Musica in Curitiba, Brazil, The Virginia Suzuki Institute, the David Einfeldt Chamber Music Seminar, and the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, and Credo at Oberlin.

“Fry Street” was the location of the quartet’s first rehearsal space in the Chicago neighborhood once ruled by Al Capone. More concerts in the Music at Pequot Library 2015-2016 Season include: Kristen Graves & Glenn Roth, guitars/vocals at Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 2pm; Decoda, chamber ensemble on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 3pm; Furuya Sisters Trio, chamber trio on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 3pm; Nicole Wang, piano on Sunday, April 17, 2015 at 3pm.

Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. All classes and programs are open to everyone. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 15. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

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