FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3/28/15
BOISE CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES presents
THE DOVER QUARTET
Friday, April 24, at 7:30, the Boise Chamber Music Series presents the final concert of the season, with an exciting performance by the nation’s fastest-rising string quartet, the DOVER QUARTET. Their program is at the solid center of the great string quartet repertoire, and features three works never before performed on the Series. The all-new program begins with Haydn’s foundational Op. 76, no. 1, from the “Erdödy” quartets, and concludes with Antonin Dvořák’s Op. 61, a work that brings together the beloved Czech composer’s deep grasp of the Viennese tradition and his Bohemian roots. In the middle, the Dover performs the final and only surviving string quartet by Viktor Ullmann, who died in Auschwitz in 1944, after surviving two years at Theresienstadt, where he wrote this work.
The Dover Quartet was catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, becoming one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The New Yorker recently dubbed them “the young American string quartet of the moment,” and The Strad raved that the Quartet is “already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretive maturity, tonal refinement and taut ensemble.” In 2013-14, the Quartet became the first ever Quartet-in-Residence for the venerated Curtis Institute of Music. During the 2014-15 season, the Dover Quartet is performing more than 100 concerts throughout the United States, Canada, South America, and Europe, including concerts for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C, Schneider Concerts in New York City, Wigmore Hall in London, and the Morrison Center Recital Hall in Boise.
A year ago last fall, the Dover Quartet won not only the Grand Prize but all three Special Prizes at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition. The Quartet also won top prizes at the Fischoff Competition and the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, and has taken part in festivals such as Chamber Music Northwest, Artosphere, La Jolla SummerFest, Bravo! Vail, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.
As young lions of the competition circuit, the Dovers also are well-suited to their task as adjudicators for the Tenth Annual BCMS Young Artists String Quartet Competitions on Saturday, Apr. 25. Beginning at 9:00 am, three area high school quartets (from Timberline and Boise High) and three collegiate quartets (Idaho State University, the College of Idaho, and Boise State University) will perform for critical comments and first-place cash prizes. The free event, also in the Morrison Center Recital Hall on the campus of Boise State University, is open to the public, and will last approximately two and a half hours.
The events of the Boise Chamber Music Series http://www.boisechambermusicseries.org/ are supported by the Boise Chamber Music Society and the Boise State University Dept. of Music.