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Del Sol String Quartet
January 17, 2012
boundary-breaking chamber ensemble
program to include works by:
Jose Evangelista "12 Garlands"
Mason Bates "Rough Math" (a movement from a new, commissioned work, “Bagatelles” for string quartet and electronica)**
Gabriela Lena Frank
Tues, Jan 17
The San Francisco based Del Sol String Quartet, two-time winner of the top Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, is breaking the boundaries of classical music in riveting performances of new music with a global pulse – “a fascinating and exquisitely played program” – Washington Post.
This critically acclaimed group of high energy master musicians explores new ways to interact with audiences, composers and artists across cultures and art forms. As musical innovators "steeped in bravery and imagination" Del Sol:
• Commissions and performs accessible new music from the brightest living voices around the world – Mason Bates, Gabriela Lena Frank, Tania Leon, Per Norgard and many more
• Creates intriguing programs with electronica and instruments from other cultures - Asian, Latin American, indigenous Australian and others
• Astounds audiences with one-of-a-kind multimedia dance, video and opera productions, including StringWreck, their critically acclaimed music/dance collaboration with choreographers Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton
Quartet members Kate Stenberg, Rick Shinozaki, Charlton Lee and Kathryn Bates Williams have worked their magic performing on prominent concert series nationwide, including the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC, Symphony Space in New York City, the Other Minds Festival of New Music in San Francisco, the Chautauqua Institution, the Santa Fe Opera New Music Series, the University of Vermont Lane Series and the bi-coastal Pacific Rim Festival co-presented by the University of California at Santa Cruz and Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.
Del Sol’s four commercial CD releases have been universally praised by critics, including Gramophone, which hailed the Quartet as “masters of all musical things,” and The Strad, which lauded the ensemble’s “gloriously opulent, full-throated tone.”
With its deep commitment to education, Del Sol has reached thousands of K-12 students through inventive school performances, workshops, coaching and residencies. The Quartet members also have worked closely with student composers, musicians and faculty artists at universities across the country, including Dartmouth, MIT, Brandeis, Northeastern, University of New Mexico, University of California at Berkeley and Santa Cruz, the Manhattan School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, among others.
** This commission has been made possible by the
Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program,
with generous funding provided by
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and
The Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.