The quartet in residence introduces families to stringed instruments with a program of performance and hands-on music-making.
PHILADELPHIA—September 14, 2017—A new season of the popular Family Concerts begins at the Curtis Institute of Music with Meet the Zorá String Quartet! on Sunday, October 1 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. In a lively hour of hands-on fun, kids will learn about stringed instruments and enjoy a chance to meet the musicians of the Zorá String Quartet, Curtis’s quartet in residence.
The hour-long program takes place in Gould Rehearsal Hall inside Curtis’s modern Lenfest Hall, where the quartet will present works by Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Scott Joplin. Additionally, young audience members are invited to bring their voices, or their own stringed instruments, to participate in a performance of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” Sheet music will be provided to ticket holders in advance. Tickets are $15 for adults and children and are available through the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or Curtis.edu/Family Concerts.
Awakening a sense of wonder in listeners ages 5 to 12, Curtis Family Concerts share music with young audiences through interactive, educational presentations. Performances take place in a friendly setting, uniting entertainment with exploration.
The Zorá String Quartet is in its second season as quartet in residence through the Nina von Maltzahn String Quartet Program at the Curtis Institute of Music. In 2016–17, the Zorá Quartet debuted with Curtis on Tour, gave recitals in New York and Washington, D.C. on the Young Concert Artists Series, and performed throughout the U.S. The group won the grand prize and gold medal at the 2015 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition; first prize and several concert prizes at the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions; and the Coleman National Chamber Music Competition.
In 2016 the Zorá String Quartet participated in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Encounters program, concluding with a performance at Alice Tully Hall, and appeared at Chamber Music Northwest and the Oregon Music Festival. They have also participated in chamber music residencies at the Banff Centre (Canada); in the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Connecticut); and in the Advanced Quartet Studies program of the Aspen Music Festival, where they worked intensively with Earl Carlyss, the Takács Quartet, the Pacifica Quartet, and the American String Quartet.
The Zorá String Quartet previously served as graduate quartet in residence at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, working with the Pacifica Quartet and Atar Arad. In 2014 they were string quartet in residence at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany. Their name, “Zorá,” means “sunrise” in Bulgarian. The quartet's members are violinists Dechopol Kowintaweewat and Seula Lee, violist Pablo Muñoz Salido, and cellist Zizai Ning.
Sunday, October 1 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Gould Rehearsal Hall, Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia
Tickets: $15 for adults and children sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office, Curtis.edu/FamilyConcerts, or (215) 893-7902.
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