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Linden String Quartet opens second year of Yale residency with Oct. 31 concert

October 18, 2011

“Remarkable depth of technique and brilliantly nuanced, sumptuous tonality…”
– MusicWeb International

The Yale School of Music presents the Linden String Quartet, its graduate quartet-in-residence, in concert on Monday, October 31 at 8 pm. The ensemble, which has won several prestigious honors and accolades in only three years together, will perform music by Schubert, Ravel, Alban Berg, and Kelly-Marie Murphy.

This concert will open with Schubert’s Quartettsatz in C minor, which was not published until after the composer’s death, and Berg’s two-movement String Quartet, Op. 3, written exactly 90 years later. The first half will close with Kelly-Marie Murphy’s Dark Energy. This single-movement piece explores the idea of dark energy, an antigravity force that Einstein suggested 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.

Ravel’s lush and complex String Quartet in F major will conclude the concert.

The members of the Linden String Quartet – Sarah McElravy and Catherine Cosbey, violins; Eric Wong, viola; and Felix Umansky, cello – are mentored by the Tokyo String Quartet at Yale. The quartet, which has been described as “truly riveting” (MusicWeb International), also enjoys residencies at the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts and the Canton Symphony Orchestra.

The performance, which is free and open to the public, will take place in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, corner of Wall Street). For more information, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.


Described as “riveting” by MusicWeb International, the Linden String Quartet is a winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Competition. Founded in spring 2008, the Quartet has enjoyed remarkable success in three short years, also winning the Gold Medal and Grand Prize of the 2009 Fischoff Competition, the Coleman-Barstow Prize at the 2009 Coleman Competition, First Prize at the 2010 Kauder Competition, and the ProQuartet Prize at the Borciani International String Quartet Competition. The Quartet was recently selected for the prestigious A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Fellowship, including a $25,000 award. The Linden Quartet is the 2011–12 Ernst Steifel Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s quartet-in-residence, and the 2010–2012 graduate quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music.