Enso Quartet in free Chamber Music Series

Enso Quartet in free Chamber Music Series


This spring the Rockford Symphony Orchestra is collaborating with the Enso String Quartet, graduate quartet-in-residence at Northern Illinois University, on an exciting new Chamber Music Series, with its final performance at 3 p.m. on May 5 in Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St.

This free Sunday afternoon concert will be a delightful introduction to the artistry of the string quartet and an opportunity for audiences to enjoy smaller works of classical music in an intimate setting. The quartet’s program will include Franz Joseph Haydn, Op. 76 #5, Akira Miyoshi’s “Constellation in Black” and Ludwig van Beethoven, Op. 131 in C# Minor. No tickets or reservations are required.

“This will be a very different experience from attending a Rockford Symphony performance at the Coronado,” said Scott Provancher, executive director of the RSO. “The format is less formal—there’s no assigned seating, no conductor, just four talented musicians performing pieces that you wouldn’t hear at a conventional RSO concert. Members of the Enso Quartet will talk directly to the audience, offering commentary on the pieces they will perform. They really enjoy interacting with people of all ages and exposing new audiences to chamber music.”

The Enso Quartet, comprised of violinists Maureen Nelson and Tereza Stanislav, violist Rob Brophy and cellist Richard Belcher, was formed at Yale University in 1999. The quartet has performed in concert series throughout New England, the Chicago area and Detroit. Currently the resident quartet at Northern Illinois University, they have been mentored by the Tokyo Quartet, the Vermeer Quartet, Paul Katz, Peter Oundjian and Miriam Fried.

The RSO Chamber Music Series is made possible through the generous support of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and the Smith Charitable Foundation. For more information, please contact the Rockford Symphony at 965-0049 or visit the web site at www.rockford symphony.com.

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