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The Westport Arts Center is honored to present the esteemed Borromeo String Quartet on Sunday, April 10 at 4 p.m., performing music by Haydn, Ravel, and a world-premiere quartet by the Arts Center’s Curator for Chamber Music, Russell Platt.

The visionary performances of the Borromeo String Quartet have established them as one of the most important string quartets of our time. Now celebrating their 25th anniversary, the Borromeo have performed a vast repertoire worldwide and have collaborated with many of today’s great composers and performers.

Audiences and critics alike have championed the Borromeo Quartet’s ability to bring a contemporary sound to often-heard repertoire, while making even the most challenging new music approachable.

A review in the Boston Globe (2012) stated, “To play alongside the Borromeo String Quartet is to risk seeming bland. Violinists Nicholas Kitchen and Kristopher Tong, violist Mai Motobuchi, and cellist Yeesun Kim purvey musical fervor, extremes both fierce and intimate.”

Platt, the Westport Arts Center’s Curator for Chamber Music and The New Yorker music editor said of the quartet, “The Borromeo String Quartet, the great quartet of Boston, has a ravishing sound and a richly textured, Old World style—in addition to their remarkable virtuosity. We’ll begin the concert with Haydn’s commandingly classical Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 76, No. 6, and conclude with the supreme elegance and sensitivity of Ravel’s sole Quartet in F Major, a great repertory favorite.”

Platt added,  “In between will come a surprise: the world premiere of my own ‘Mountain Interval,’ an adventurous but recognizably Romantic work inspired by the poetry of Robert Frost and my experience growing up in New England. My relationship with the Borromeo goes way back to our days at the Curtis Institute of Music, and I’m thrilled that the Arts Center will be able to host the premiere.”

Platt’s music has been honored by prizes and fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Yaddo artist colony in Saratoga Springs, NY, and has been performed by such organizations as the Buffalo Philharmonic and the New York Festival of Song.

As part of the concert event, Platt will share his commentary and musical experiences, providing chamber music newcomers and aficionados with a unique opportunity to learn more about the genre and the program.

The Westport Arts Center provides a unique, up-close-and-personal concert experience with beautiful views of the Saugatuck River.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to experience the NOIR exhibition featuring the works of Westport artist Ann Chernow, currently on view at the Arts Center through April 23.

Tickets for the concert are $25 for Westport Arts Center members and $30 for non-members. Tickets are available on www.westportartscenter.org or by calling 203/222-7070.  A limited number of discounted Senior concert tickets will be available for presale at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Avenue, Westport.

The Westport Arts Center thanks WSHU for their generous support.

About Borromeo String Quartet 

The Borromeo String Quartet consists of violinist Nicholas Kitchen and Kristopher Tong, violist Mai Motobuchi, and cellist Yeesun Kim.

The Quartet has been recognized as a pioneer in its use of technology, and has the trailblazing distinction of being the first string quartet to utilize laptop computers on the concert stage. Reading music this way helps push artistic boundaries, allowing the artists to perform solely from 4-part scores and composers’ manuscripts.

They have collaborated with some of this generation’s most important composers, including Gunther Schuller, John Cage, Gyorgy Ligeti, Steve Reich, Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Steve Mackey, John Harbison, and Leon Kirchner, among many others; and has performed on major concert stages across the globe, including appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, Suntory Hall, the Concertgebouw, Seoul Arts Center, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, the Incontri in Terra di Siena Chamber Music Festival in Tuscany, the Prague Spring Festival and the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt.

The Borromeo Quartet have received many awards throughout their illustrious career, including Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Career Grant and Martin E. Segal Award, and Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award. They won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and top prizes at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France. 

About the Westport Arts Center

The Westport Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting community through the arts, reaches more than 11,000 people annually through outstanding programs in visual arts, arts education, and the performance arts of Chamber music and jazz.

The Westport Arts Center also receives philanthropic support from 4th Row Films, the Aibel Foundation, the Arnhold Foundation, Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc., Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Bernstein Global Wealth Management, Borrowed – A Vintage Inspired Company, the Brant Foundation, CBP, Cannupa Foundation, the Carl Marks Foundation, Cohen and Wolf, P.C., the Connecticut Office of the Arts, EC Infosystems, Finn Dixon & Herling LLP, Fairfield County Bank, Fairfield County Community Foundation, Festivities, Gault, Energy, Geiger’s, GWAY Marketing Gymnasium, the Hall Art Foundation, KD & J Botanica, Land Rover Milford, Landtech, Lillian August, LLBH Private Wealth Management LLC, Madison/Mott, Main Street Resources/Green Village Initiative, Meadow Ridge, the Mitchell’s Family of Stores, Moffly Media, Newman’s Own Foundation, Riverside Management Group, Saugatuck Sweets, the Shack Sackler Foundation, the Sheffer Family Foundation, Sontag Advisory LLC, Stamford Tent, Steel Shed, Sun Hill Foundation, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Westport Family Counseling, Westport Now, Westport Resources, Westport Special Education PTA, William J. Rosenbloom Charitable Trust, Xerox Foundation, WPKN, WSHU Public Radio Group, and Yellowtail.

 

For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at (203) 222-7070 or www.westportartscenter.org.   The Westport Arts Center gallery is open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.

 

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