Tryon Concert Association to present string quartet Nov. 15

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Tryon Concert Association’s second concert of the subscription series will feature the Juilliard String Quartet at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the  Tryon Fine Arts Center.

The quartet was established at The Juilliard School in 1946 and has remained the quartet-in-residence to this day. The group is known for its deep and vital engagement with the classics while championing new works.

This concert, which includes works by Haydn, Bartók and Beethoven, promises to be an example of the group’s enduring commitment to the best in classical music.

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Although the makeup of the quartet has changed over the years, the group still plays “like a single four-voiced instrument” (Broad Street Review). Current members are violist Roger Tapping, violinist Ronald Copes, cellist Astrid Schween and newest member Areta Zhulla, violinist.

Copes describes the continuity of the quartet despite the changing roster.

“We’re the current occupants of this quartet, but the quartet itself will still transcend each of us,” Copes said.

The four musicians are not only sought-after performers but also members of the string and music faculty at The Juilliard School. The quartet offers classes and open rehearsals when on tour and hosts the internationally recognized Juilliard String Quartet Seminar.

During the summer, JSQ works closely on string quartet repertoire with students at the Tanglewood Music Center.

The ensemble’s 2018-2019 season includes performances in New York, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Washington, Toronto, Vancouver, Philadelphia and Tryon. Adding to its discography, the quartet released a new album featuring the world premiere recording of Mario Davidovsky’s “Fragments” together with the Beethoven Quartet Op. 95 and the Bartók Quartet No. 1.

Highlights of recent concert programming season include other works by Beethoven, Bartók and Dvorák, as well as James MacMillan’s “Why Is This Night Different?”

Tickets are available online at More information about the Juilliard String Quartet and subscription series concerts can be found on the TCA website.

– Submitted article