Friday, May 17, 2019
Foy Concert Hall, Moravian College
- Haydn Quartet in C Major, Op. 76, No. 3, “Emperor”
- Akira Nishimura String Quartet No. 2, “Pulse of the Lights” (1992)
- Dvořák Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81
Formed by undergraduates at Oberlin College and Conservatory in 2004, growing through studies at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and matured by the mentoring of the Tokyo String Quartet at Yale School of Music, the Jasper String Quartet is currently the Professional Quartet in Residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians and Guest Artist in Residence at Swarthmore College. The Jaspers have garnered many awards, prizes, grants, and accolades (theNew York Times included their fourth album Unbound among the 25 Best Classical Recordings of 2017), as well as the affection of audiences throughout the world.
The ensemble’s fresh, youthful spirit is evident in its enthusiastic showcasing of new works, e.g., a 2019 commission of four composers to address four seasons; association with exciting young artists like Gilles Vonsattel, the Swiss-American pianist joining the quartet for our CMSOB concert; and passionate commitment to children. Through two Picasso Project Grants from Public Citizens for Children and Youth and, as Astral Artists, funding for three years from the William Penn Foundation, the quartet plays frequently in elementary school classrooms throughout Philadelphia. It received the 2016 Educator Award from the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association for “outstanding and imaginative programming for children and youth in the United States.”