Friday, April 24, 2020
Foy Concert Hall, Moravian College
- Gabriella Smith: “Carrot Revolution” (2015) Commissioned for Aizuri
- Dvořák: “Two Cypresses,” B. 152
- Britten: String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 (1941)
- Sibelius: String Quartet in D Minor, Op. 56, “Voces Intimae”
The Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem hearts the Aizuri Quartet! The four amazing young musicians’ previous appearance on the Foy stage three seasons ago was a huge success, from their charming pre-performance podcast interview with CMSOB board member Randy Ziegenfuss to the warmth of their conversations with audience members at the post- concert reception. They return to our chamber music series in the midst of burgeoning fame, including a 2019 Grammy nomination for the ensemble’s debut album Blueprinting.
Conceived at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute, now based in New York, the Aizuri Quartet was the MetLiveArts String Quartet- in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum Art in 2017-2018. The ensemble embraces the confluence of visual and musical arts and has played at Philadelphia’s Museum of Art and Barnes Institute, Boston’s Gardner Museum, and New York’s Morgan Library and Museum, as well as renowned concert venues and festivals around the world.
Accomplished instrumentalists who love the visual arts, the Aizuris also like to play with words. The group’s name refers to “aizuri-e,” a Japanese method of woodblock printing, mostly in blue. The album title Blueprinting refers to that, as well as to the signature planning and attention to detail inherent in both the art form and the group’s musical performance.