In their third and final performance of this season, the Dover Quartet is joined by their friends in the Escher String Quartet in a performance of three works for string octet, each composed by a teenage musical prodigy. The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for bringing profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty to its performances. A former BBC New Generation Artist, the quartet has performed at the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall and is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall. In its hometown of New York City, the ensemble serves as season artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
With its burnished warmth, incisive rhythms and natural phrasing, the Dover Quartet’s distinctive sound has helped confirm its status as “the young American string quartet of the moment” (New Yorker). The Quartet serves as the quartet-in-residence for the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, Chamber Music Northwest, Artosphere, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival and Peoples’ Symphony in New York, and was recently named the first-ever quartet-in-residence for the Kennedy Center. This SMF mini-residency marks their fourth appearance, following a variety of projects at our 2013, 2014 and 2017 festivals.
Two Pieces for String Octet, Opus 11
Octet in C Major, Opus 7
Octet for Strings in E-flat Major, Opus 20
Joel Link, violin
Bryan Lee, violin
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola
Camden Shaw, cello
Escher String Quartet
Adam Barnett-Hart, violin
Brendan Speltz, violin
Pierre Lapointe, viola
Brook Speltz, cello