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Jasper Quartet performs Haydn, Auerbach, and Smetana

jasper_v_emailThe up-and-coming Jasper String Quartet, rapidly becoming a favorite with audiences and critics alike, will offer a free recital on Monday, October 19 at 8 pm. The performance will feature the music of Haydn, Auerbach, and Smetana and will take place in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. The evening will open with Haydn’s Quartet in G major, Op. 76, No. 1 and will continue with Lera Auerbach’s third quartet, the Cetera desunt – Sonnet for String Quartet, in which the structure of a sonnet influences the internal rhymes of the music. Concluding the program is Smetana’s introspective, deeply personal String Quartet No. 1, “From My Life.” The Jasper Quartet is the Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence at the Yale School of Music, where they study with the Tokyo String Quartet. The members are J Freivogel and Sae Niwa, violin; Sam Quintal, viola; and Rachel Henderson, cello.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music’s website or call (203) 432-4158.

About the performers

Formed at Oberlin Conservatory in 2003, the Jasper String Quartet completed graduate work at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and then enrolled at the Yale School of Music, where they serve as the graduate quartet-in-residence. In 2008, the Jasper String Quartet won the Grand Prize and the Audience Award at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, Grand Prize at the Coleman Competition, First Place at the Yellow Springs Competition, and the Silver Medal at the Fischoff Competition. The ensemble has participated in elite summer festivals including the Aspen Music Festival’s Advanced String Quartet Program, the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Emerson International String Quartet Workshop. They have appeared at the Kennedy Center, Harris Hall (Aspen, Colo.), the Vigeland Museum (Oslo, Norway), Lake Louise (Canada), and on the Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music and Santa Fe Pro Musica Series. The members of the Jasper String Quartet hold degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, Oberlin College, Rice University, and the New England Conservatory. The quartet is named for Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada.