09/30/2018 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan


Jason Isookson, violin; Clara Kim, violin; Dana Kelley, viola; Joann Whang, cello
With guest artist Oskar Espina Ruiz, clarinet

HAYDN: String Quartet in B Minor, Op. 33, No. 1
CAROLINA HEREDIA: Ius in Bello for clarinet and string quartet
THEOFANIDIS: Visions and Miracles for string quartet
DEBUSSY: String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10

Praised for their “supreme melodic control” (Calgary Herald) and “magnificent assurance” (The Strad), the Argus Quartet won First Prize at both the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and the 2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition. Earlier in 2017 Treetops CMS presented the Argus Quartet in concert at its Artists Mentor Youth Program. It is with great pride that we see the Argus Quartet return to Treetops CMS to take center stage with artistic director Oskar Espina Ruiz, clarinet. “Mr. Espina Ruiz is a phenomenal clarinetist, a subtle and discreet virtuoso whose dynamic control matched that of the string quartet.” (CVNC)

Haydn’s Op. 33 quartet offers a synthesis of three predominant styles of the time: the Galant, Learned (Der Gelehrte) and Sturm und Drang styles. Debussy’s sole string quartet is a major work in four movements, which established what is now known as the Impressionist style in music. The quartets by Haydn and Debussy frame two new works in this program: Heredia’s clarinet quintet packs color-saturated moments, dream-like sections and crispy dissonances into a 9-minute long musical response to the socio-political confrontations of 2014 in Venezuela. It was premiered by the JACK Quartet. Visions and Miracles by Theofanidis, also widely performed in its orchestral version, is a hypnotic and vibrant meditation based on joyful tonal textures.