Wine & Cheese Reception: 6:00 - 7:00PM
Concert: 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Wine & Cheese Reception: 7:30 - 8:30PM
Concert: 8:30PM - 9:30PM
We are absolutely thrilled that our little subterranean lair will play host to the miraculous Miró Quartet, one of the great American string quartets of today. This fabulous foursome will perform a heartbreakingly sublime program of music by U.S. composers past and present – culled from their new album Home – that centers around Caroline Shaw’s Microfictions [vol. 1], an eclectic series of miniatures inspired by science fiction and surrealist art. They’ll also play Samuel Barber’s shatteringly beautiful Adagio for Strings, George Walker’s Lyric for Strings, which was inspired by the Barber Adagio and composed in memory of Walker’s grandmother, and finally the title movement from Kevin Puts’ Home.
America has been a home for countless millions across the generations, and as we enter this deeply divided election year, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on the country we share.
George Walker: Lyric for Strings
Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings
Kevin Puts: Home (Part 1) (new commission)
Caroline Shaw: Microfictions [volume 1] (new commission)
The Miró Quartet is one of America’s most celebrated and dedicated string quartets, having been labeled by The New Yorker as “furiously committed” and noted by the Cleveland Plain Dealer for its “exceptional tonal focus and interpretive intensity.” For over twenty-five years the Quartet has performed throughout the world on the most prestigious concert stages, earning accolades from critics and audiences alike. Based in Austin, TX, and thriving on the area’s storied music scene, the Miró takes pride in finding new ways to communicate with audiences of all backgrounds while cultivating the longstanding tradition of chamber music. In their 2023-24 season, the Miró Quartet embarks on a new performance and recording project with pianist Lara Downes. Here on Earth features musical depictions of planet earth, its evolution, and the lives of its inhabitants, with works spanning a century of cultural shift that begins with Darius Milhaud’s La Création du Monde, performed in a new arrangement for piano and string quartet. Upcoming performances include the premiere of a new version of Kevin Puts’ Credo with the Naples Philharmonic, as well as performances for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, the Saratoga Perfoming Arts Center, and Premiere Performances in Hong Kong.