Escher String Quartet Returns to the Wooster Chamber Music Series on February 9 & 10
The Wooster Chamber Music Series welcomes the return of the Escher String Quartet for a concert on February 10. The 3:00 pm concert will be in Gault Recital Hall in Scheide Music Center, on the College of Wooster Campus. Tickets for the concert are $15, and available at the Wooster Book Company, Florence O. Wilson Bookstore, or at the door beginning at 2:00 pm. The program will feature Mozart’s String Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 428, Britten’s String Quartet No. 3 in G Major, Op. 94, and Dvorak’s String Quartet in A-flat Major, Op. 105.
In addition to the concert, the Escher will present a free student workshop on Saturday, February 9, at 3:30 pm. This workshop is open to string students of all ages and abilities. Thanks to funding from the Laura B. Frick Charitable Trust, the workshop participation is free.
The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its individual sound, inspired artistic decisions and unique cohesiveness. Championed by members of the Emerson String Quartet, the group were proud to be BBC New Generation Artists for 2010-2012. Having completed a three-year residency as artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s “CMS Two” program, the ensemble has already performed at prestigious venues and festivals around the world including Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y and Symphony Space in New York, Kennedy Center, the Louvre, Ravinia and Caramoor Festivals, Music@Menlo, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Wigmore Hall, the City of London Festival and a tour of China including Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou.
Within months of its inception in 2005, the Escher String Quartet was invited by both Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman to be the quartet-in-residence at each artist's summer festival: The Young Artists Program at Canada’s National Arts Centre and The Perlman Chamber Music Program on Shelter Island, NY. The Eschers have since collaborated with artists such as Andrés Diaz, Lawrence Dutton, Kurt Elling, David Finckel, Leon Fleisher, Vadim Gluzman, Benjamin Grosvenor, Wu Han, Gary Hoffman, Joseph Kalichstein, David Shifrin, Joseph Silverstein, and Pinchas Zukerman.
The Escher String Quartet takes its name from Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher and draws inspiration from the artist’s method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole.