CASSATT QUARTET: MUSIC FROM JAPAN AND BEETHOVEN*03/12/2017 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Stamford (Fish Church)
Muneko Otani, violin; Jennifer Leshnower, violin; Ah Ling Neu, viola; Elizabeth Anderson, cello; with guest artists James Schlefer, shakuhachi, and Yoko Reikano Kimura, koto (in Miyagi and Sato); and Oskar Espina Ruiz, clarinet (in Ikebe)
MICHIO MIYAGI The Sea in Spring (Haru no Umi) for koto, shakuhachi and interwoven string music (arrangement by James Nyoraku Schlefer)
YOKO SATO Sextet for koto, shakuhachi and string quartet (World Première, a Kyo-Shin-An Arts commission)
SHIN-ICHIRO IKEBE Quinquevalence II for clarinet and string quartet (World Première, an Oskar Espina Ruiz commission)
BEETHOVEN* String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132
Sponsored in part by the Highland Green Foundation.
Presented with support from The Japan Foundation, New York.
The first Treetops CMS concert at the Fish Church is a multicultural celebration, bringing together the breathtaking modernist architecture of Wallace K. Harrison, the colorful music and culture of Japan—including works for koto and shakuhachi with string quartet—and the first in the Treetops CMS late-Beethoven quartet cycle, with the Op. 132 quartet, which includes the monumental Molto Adagio. The New York Times describes the Manhattan-based Cassatt Quartet, a Treetops CMS regular, as “an extraordinary quartet,” and “impressively rich and passionate.”
*Part of the late-Beethoven string quartet cycle