UTICA — On Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2:30 p.m., the San Francisco-based Telegraph Quartet (Eric Chin and Joseph Maile, violins; Pei-Ling Lin, viola; Jeremiah Shaw, cello), makes its debut with Chamber Music Society of Utica for a performance at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, 310 Genesee St.
The quartet’s program includes works by Benjamin Britten and Felix Mendelssohn. Tickets are $25, $10 for student with ID, ages 17 and under enter for free.
The concert opens with Britten’s Three Divertimenti, youthful character pieces from 1933, followed by a more mature work, his vast and monumental String Quartet No. 2 (1945), seasoned by his return to war-torn Britain. The bravado of Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in D Major, Op. 44 No. 1 (1838) concludes the program.
Britten’s Three Divertimenti are on the Telegraph’s debut album, Into the Light (Centaur), along with works by Anton Webern and Leon Kirchner. The San Francisco Chronicle praised the album, saying, “Just five years after forming, the Bay Area’s Telegraph Quartet has established itself as an ensemble of serious depth and versatility, and the group’s terrific debut recording only serves to reinforce that judgment.”
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The Telegraph Quartet formed in 2013 with an equal passion for the standard chamber music repertoire and contemporary, non-standard works alike. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “…an incredibly valuable addition to the cultural landscape” and “powerfully adept… with a combination of brilliance and subtlety,” the Telegraph Quartet was awarded the prestigious 2016 Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award and the Grand Prize at the 2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
The Quartet has performed in concert halls, music festivals, and academic institutions across the United States and abroad, including New York City’s Carnegie Hall, San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Chamber Masters Series, and at festivals including the Chautauqua Institute, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and the Emilia Romagna Festival. The Quartet is currently on the chamber music faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as the Quartet-in-Residence.
Highlights of Telegraph Quartet’s 2019-20 season include the group’s debut on the Lincoln Center Great Performers series, a concert with acclaimed composer-vocalist Theo Bleckmann at San Francisco Performances, and performances at Gretna Music, Friends of Chamber Music, Morris Museum, Mill Valley Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Houston, Chamber Music Society of Utica, Rossmoor Chamber Music Society, Music at Oakmont, Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech, and Chamber Music San Francisco.
For more information, go online to www.telegraphquartet.com or www.uticachambermusic.org.