Sunday, October 27, 2019
Moravian College, Foy Concert Hall
- Robert Paterson: Quartet No. 2 (2018)
- Schubert: String Quintet in C Major, D. 956,“Cello Quintet”
The artists of the Euclid Quartet hail from far-flung global corners (Great Britain, United States, Venezuela, and South Korea) and are firmly rooted in the American Midwest (which sometimes seems far-flung to East Coast natives) as resident ensemble at Indiana University South Bend since 2007. Yet its members are only one or two degrees separated from cordial connection with the Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem.
First violin and founding member Jameson Cooper and shortly-thereafter-the-founding violist Luis Enrique Vargas were part of the quartet’s well-received CMSOB concert two years ago. Cellist Jacqueline Choi won the Allentown Symphony Orchestra’s Schadt Competition in 2010. A degree or two beyond, second violinist Brendan Shea was a founding member of the ur-quartet that became the Verona Quartet, which wowed and charmed the CMSOB audience last season.
Joining the Euclid for Schubert’s string quintet this season, Russian cellist Adrian Duarov seems to have no connection to the Lehigh Valley whatsoever, but audience members will have a chance to play the degrees-of-separation game with him during the post-concert reception. Reviewers often note the communicative power of the Euclid’s playing. Between the quartet and its audience, there seem to be no degrees of separation at all.