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Linden Quartet kicks off its Yale School of Music residency with a diverse concert on October 10

September 13, 2010
“Remarkable depth of technique and brilliantly nuanced, sumptuous tonality… delivered with a palpable, infectious joy.”
– Seen and Heard

The Yale School of Music presents a performance by the Linden String Quartet on Sunday, October 10 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The program will include Haydn’s String Quartet in D major, Op. 20, no. 4; Dvorák’s String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96, “American,” and Dark Energy by the Canadian composer Kelly Marie-Murphy.

Haydn’s quartet is part of his groundbreaking Op. 20 that earned him the nickname “father of the string quartet.” Kelly-Marie Murphy’s single-movement piece explores the idea of dark energy, an antigravity force first postulated by Einstein in 1917 as a way of explaining why the universe doesn’t collapse. The work is both melodic and virtuosic, beginning softly and gaining momentum. Dvorák wrote his “American” quartet in 1893 during a summer spent in Iowa. He later said that he would not have written the piece “just so” if he hadn’t experienced the landscapes of the United States first-hand.

The Linden String Quartet is the new Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence at the Yale School of Music. The ensemble succeeds the Jasper Quartet, who quickly became audience favorites during their time in New Haven. The Linden Quartet has recently won such prestigious competitions as the Fischoff and the Coleman, and they shared first prize in the Hugo Kauder Competition this past spring. At Yale, the members of the ensemble – Sarah McElravy and Catherine Cosbey, violins; Eric Wong, viola; and Felix Umansky, cello – study with the Tokyo String Quartet.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu/concerts or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

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About the Performers

The Linden String Quartet is the gold medalist and grand prize-winner of the 2009 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the recipient of the Coleman-Barstow prize at the 2009 Coleman National Chamber Ensemble Competition. The ensemble has quickly risen to become one the country’s premier young string quartets. Formed in the spring of 2008, the group has already been praised for its “remarkable depth of technique and brilliantly nuanced, sumptuous tonality…delivered with a palpable, infectious joy.” The Linden Quartet was the apprentice quartet to the Cavani Quartet at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) and is now the Fellowship Quartet at the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of the Tokyo String Quartet. Dedicated to community outreach and education, the Linden Quartet is also the Canton (OH) Symphony Orchestra’s Quartet-in-Residence. » lindenquartet.com