03/24/2019 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan


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

BEETHOVEN: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135
MENDELSSOHN: String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 44, No. 2

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.

The Verona Quartet’s Treetops CMS debut program includes the string quartet it commissioned from composer Michael Gilbertson in 2017, a work that made Gilbertson a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Gilbertson’s music has been described as “elegant” (The New York Times), “genuinely moving” (The Washington Post), and “a compelling fusion of new and ancient” (The Philadelphia Inquirer). Two major classics surround this new work: Beethoven’s last string quartet, which brought about a new forward-looking lightness to his music; and Mendelssohn’s Op. 44, No. 2 in E Minor, composed at a time when the composer was enjoying personal happiness as a newlywed.