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Presenting the

Verona Quartet

Sunday

April 17, 2016

3:00 PM at
Stamford United Methodist Church
88 Main St, Stamford NY

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Photo of the Verona Quartet

The Verona Quartet (pictured above, left to right):
Warren Hagerty, cello; Abigail Rojansky, viola; Dorothy Ro, violin and Jonathan Ong, violin.

Recognized as “thoughtful, impressive musicians” (Cleveland Classical), the Verona Quartet - Jonathan Ong, violin, Dorothy Ro, violin, Abigail Rojansky, viola and Warren Hagerty, cello - is a winner of the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, following in a long line of successful CAG string quartets, such as the Alexander, Miami, Parker and Pacifica Quartets. It was the Pacifica Quartet who mentored the Verona foursome when they formed in 2013 at Indiana University, and in less than three years, the Verona Quartet have set themselves apart as one of the most compelling young quartets in chamber music: “sensational, powerhouse performance” (Classical Voice America).

The Verona Quartet is currently Graduate Resident String Quartet at The Juilliard School, where they work closely with members of the Juilliard String Quartet and teach during Juilliard’s 2015-2016 Academic Year as Lisa Arnhold Fellows. The Juilliard School will present the Verona Quartet’s Lincoln Center debut at Alice Tully Hall in May 2016. Other prominent 2015-16 performances include Schneider Concert Series in New York City and La Jolla SummerFest in La Jolla, CA.

The Verona Quartet has performed across four continents in venues such as Wigmore Hall (London, UK), Izumi Hall (Osaka, Japan), the National Theatre (Abu Dhabi, UAE), the Melbourne Recital Hall (Melbourne, Australia) and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC). They have also appeared on National Public Radio, The Weekly Special on PBS, and Abu Dhabi Classical FM.

In addition to their CAG victory, the Verona Quartet has recently garnered top prizes at numerous competitions worldwide: Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition (originally London International String Quartet Competition); Coleman Chamber Music Competition; Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition; Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition; Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition; and the 8th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition.

 

April 17, 2016

Verona Quartet

Jonathan Ong, violin
Dorothy Ro, violin
Abigail Rojansky, viola
Warren Hagerty, cello

Franz Joseph Haydn
Quartet No. 36 in B-flat major, Op 50, No. 1, Hob. III/44

Bela Bartok
String Quartet No. 5

Intermission

Felix Mendelssohn
String Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Op. 44, No. 2

The Verona Quartet’s members hail from the USA, Canada and Singapore, and hold degrees from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and Eastman School of Music. Originally known as the Wasmuth Quartet, they were the inaugural Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at Indiana University, where they were mentored chiefly by the Pacifica Quartet, Alexander Kerr, Atar Arad and Eric Kim. The Quartet has collaborated with artists such as Pedja Muzijevic, Jean-Michel Fonteneau and has worked with members of the Alban Berg, American, Brentano, Cavani, Cleveland, Fine Arts, Guarneri, Miami, Tokyo, Vermeer and London Haydn Quartets.


FROM THE PRESS:

"Individual parts blended into an organic whole, as if the entire quartet shared a brain...dynamic contrasts were fine tuned to perfection..." - Cleveland Classical

"The Verona Quartet were more convincing...more impassioned, more dynamic, and more engaging...Plenty of expression here, the players not afraid to go to dynamic extremes and always keeping the music supple." - Amati Magazine, UK

Visit their Web site at veronaquartet.com to read more about the group and the artists and to hear samples of their work.

Admission is at the door by suggested donation of $12 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and students and anyone under 13 years of age is admitted at no charge. For complete details see our General Information page.

Thank you to all of our donors and especially to the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation for your generous support which makes this concert possible.


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