Jonathan Ong, violin; Dorothy Ro, violin; Abigail Rojansky, viola; Jonathan Dormand, cello

DVORAK: Selections from “Cypresses”
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135
JULIA ADOLPHE: Star-Crossed Signals
JANACEK: String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters”


Hailed by The New York Times as an “outstanding ensemble,” the Verona Quartet—winner of the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition—has quickly earned a stellar reputation as one of the most compelling young quartets in chamber music today for their “interpretive strength…robust characterization [and] commanding resonance” (Calgary Herald). The Verona Quartet’s members hail from the USA, UK, Canada and Singapore.

Their Treetops CMS program includes Dvorak’s love songs “Cypresses,” and Janacek’s “Intimate Letters.” Janacek composed this string quartet at the same time he wrote a stream of over 700 love letters. Julia Adolphe’s work, Star-Crossed Signals, written for the Verona Quartet in 2017, imagines ships at sea attempting to communicate with one another through brightly colored signals. Adding perspective and depth to the program is Beethoven’s last string quartet, which, closing his series of five groundbreaking late quartets, brought about a new forward-looking lightness to his music.