Join the Midwest Trust Center and Friends of Chamber Music – Kansas City as they present the Verona Quartet Friday, September 30 at 8 p.m. One of the most distinguished ensembles in chamber music today will play works by Beethoven, Ligeti and Dvořák in Yardley Hall on the campus of Johnson County Community College.
Leia Barrett, Executive Director for The Friends of Chamber Music, remarked “We are thrilled to partner with the Midwest Trust Center to present the Verona Quartet. As one of the most exciting young quartets, this concert is a perfect fit for both of our audiences who have come to expect world-class artists and experiences! We look forward to partnering more in the future.”
Recipient of Chamber Music America’s prestigious 2020 Cleveland Quartet Award, the Verona Quartet tells stories that transcend its genre and pays tribute to one of the greatest storytellers of all time, William Shakespeare.
A string quartet for the 21st century, the Verona Quartet champions the rich breadth of the string quartet repertoire from the time-honored canon through contemporary classics. Notable commissions and premieres include works by composers Julia Adolphe, Sebastian Currier, Corey Dundee, Texu Kim, as well as Michael Gilbertson’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated Quartet.
In addition to advocating contemporary music, the quartet strives for a dynamic, imaginative approach to collaboration and programming that champions cross-cultural and interdisciplinary enterprises. Recent projects include a live-performance art installation with artist Ana Prvački, performances with dancers from Brooklyn’s Dance Heginbotham, artistic exchanges with traditional Emirati poets in the UAE, and a collaboration with GRAMMY-winning folk trio I’m With Her.
Drawing from the mentorship of the esteemed Cleveland, Juilliard and Pacifica Quartets, the Verona Quartet’s rapid rise to international prominence was fueled by top prize wins at the Wigmore Hall, Melbourne, M-Prize and Osaka International Chamber Music Competitions, as well as the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition.
Friday’s program will include (subject to change):
- Beethoven String Quartet No. 1, Op. 18, No. 1
- Ligeti String Quartet No. 1
- Dvořák String Quartet No. 13 in G Major, Op. 106
To learn more, visit jccc.edu/MidwestTrustCenter. Purchase tickets here.