OPENING CONCERT: NEW ORFORD STRING QUARTET AND ALOYSIA FRIEDMANN
The New Orford String Quartet and Aloysia Friedman open the Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival with the following repertoire:
URIEL VANCHESTEIN Les Veuves
BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 10 in E♭ major (“Harp”) op.74
MOZART String Quintet No. 3 in C major (viola), K. 515
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 13
St. Mary Magdalene
335 Main St., Picton
$5 16 & under
Acclaimed for their ravishingly beautiful tone and “exceptional technical skills and musicianship”, the New Orford String Quartet brings together four stars of the classical music. Violinists Jonathan Crow and Andrew Wan are concertmasters with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre symphonique de Montréal respectively, Eric Nowlin is principal viola with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Brian Manker is principal cello with Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Winners of a Juno Award, their debut album featuring the final quartets of Beethoven and Schubert has been described as “a performance of rare intensity – nothing short of electrifying”.
Violist Aloysia Friedmann is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival in the Pacific Northwest, as well as Associate Concertmaster for the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, and she performs with the Houston Grand Opera. Ms. Friedmann’s broad ranging career has included national and international tours, and she is firmly established as a major influence in the American chamber music scene. In recognition of this fact, Chamber Music America invited Ms. Friedmann to their national Board in 2016. In December 2018 she was named a Musical America Top Professional of the Year.
Several works of the much-in-demand composer URIEL VANCHESTEIN will be featured at the 2019 festival, including his programmatic composition for string quartet , “Les Veuves” (The Widows) which tells the story of an indigenous woman who takes revenge on the lumberjacks who destroy the trees around her home. Highly praised as a clarinetist and a laureate of the Geneva International Music Competition, Mr. Vanchestein has been a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland, an ensemble for which he has also wielded the baton as conductor.