Millsaps faculty artist Rachel Heard will join the Degas Quartet for a performance of the Fauré C Minor Piano Quartet, Op. 15. Also on the program is one of Schubert's greatest quartets, "Death and the Maiden." They will repeat this program on Sat., Sept. 24 on this season's opening UBS Chamber Classics concert series in Hickory, NC.
Since their founding at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in 1999, the Degas Quartet has emerged as one the nation's most exciting young string quartets. Renowned for their energetic performances of the classical and contemporary quartet repertoire, the Degas Quartet plays with vibrant intensity and exceptional musicianship.
A recipient of a 2004-2005 Residency Grant from Chamber Music America, the Degas Quartet is based in Hickory, NC. The quartet has performed in many of North Carolina's major chamber music venues, including Brevard College, Blowing Rock, Appalachian State University, Wilmington, and Hendersonville. Highlights of their distinguished concert career include appearances in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Harris Hall at the Aspen Music Festival. The quartet studied the standard repertoire with some of America's finest ensembles, including the Takacs, the Emerson, the Juilliard, the Colorado, the Vermeer and the Cassatt Quartets.
The Degas Quartet has collaborated in concert with the Colorado Quartet, the Fry Street Quartet, as well as the Jupiter Quartet. During the upcoming season they will perform with Clive Greensmith of the Tokyo Quartet, and in 2005 National Public Radio will feature the Degas Quartet performing with Jazz Bassist Christian McBride at the Aspen Music Festival.
Strong advocates for the performance and composition of contemporary music, the Degas Quartet has premiered numerous new works in venues such as New York's Music Under Construction series, New York's WQXR Classical Radio, and the Gamper Contemporary Music Festival at Bowdoin College. The quartet has worked closely with composer Joan Tower, who revised her composition Elegy for the quartet's performance in 2004 with trombonist Haim Avitsur. In the upcoming seasons, the quartet has commissioned new works by Laura Kaminsky, Shafer Mahoney, and Andrew Waggoner.