Muir String Quartet
Sunday, November 4, 2018
Peter Zazofsky, violin
Lucia Lin, violin
Steven Ansell, viola
Michael Reynolds, cello
Supported in part by a generous grant from the Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust, managed by the Westport Cultural Council
In its 39th season, the Muir String Quartet has long been acknowledged as one of the world’s most powerful and insightful ensembles, distinguishing itself among audiences and critics with its “exhilarating involvement” (Boston Globe), “impeccable voicing and intonation” (San Francisco Examiner) and “unbridled musicality” (American Record Guide).
The Muir are multi-dimensional and very busy. Some of their awards include a Grammy, a Grammy nomination, two Grand Prix du Disques, and the Gramophone Award. In its commitment to advancing contemporary American music, the Muir Quartet has commissioned works by such distinguished composers such as Joan Tower, Sheila Silver, Richard Danielpour, Richard Wilson and Charles Fussel. The quartet also gave the World Premiere performance of the Native American collaborative work, Circle of Faith, featured on National Public Radio. In 2017-2018, the Quartet continues its series at Boston University, Rhode Island College and the Montana Chamber Music Society with a retrospective of works from old and new Vienna, alongside guests Carol Wincenc, Karen Dreyfous and other chamber artists. The Muir’s recording of the Kreisler, Berg Op. 3 and Schulhoff 5 Pieces was released on the KidsClassics label during 2013, and this season they will be recording the Weber Clarinet Quintet and works from the Klezmer Tradition with clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein on the KidsClassics label.
The Muir Quartet has been in residence at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts since 1983, and gives annual summer workshops at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI). The Muir Quartet has also given master classes at schools worldwide, including the Eastman School of Music, the Curtis Institute, Oberlin Conservatory, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and conservatories in Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian, China. The Muir Quartet performs regular benefits for Classics for Kids Foundation (www.classicsforkids.org); CFKF offers matching grants to string programs serving at-risk youth and disadvantaged families around America.
Schulhoff 5 pieces,
Mozart String Quartet in d minor K421
Ravel String Quartet