Violinist Robert Waters, a perennial favorite faculty member of Crowden's summer chamber music workshop, brings his world-famous Fry Street Quartet to close the Sundays @ Four chamber music series.
Hailed as "a triumph of ensemble playing" (New York Times), Fry Street Quartet has perfected a "blend of technical precision and scorching spontaneity" (Strad). Since securing the Millennium Grand Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Fry Street Quartet has reached audiences from Carnegie Hall to Sarajevo and Jerusalem, exploring the medium of the string quartet and its life-affirming potential with "profound understanding, depth of expression, and stunning technical astuteness" (Deseret Morning News).
Fry Street Quartet began its international career in 2002 as cultural ambassadors to the Balkan States, sponsored by Carnegie Hall and the U.S. Department of State. This tour featured the European debut of J. Mark Scearce's "Y2K," commissioned for Fry Street. Subsequent international appearances have included France, the Czech Republic, Austria and Brazil. The quartet performed its first complete Beethoven Quartet Cycle presented at Utah State University in 2008.
Present projects include working with composer Michael Ellison on a commission to be premiered this season, as well as composer Laura Kaminsky in a multi-disciplinary performance with physicist Dr. Robert Davies, called The Crossroads Project, which employs original music, art, information, and imagery in contemplation our relationship to our Earth System.
Fry Street received rave reviews as prizewinners at the Fischoff Competition, Yellow Springs Competition, and the Banff International String Quartet Competition. The quartet traveled to Israel where they studied with Isaac Stern, who subsequently arranged for the quartet's Carnegie Hall debut. The Fry Street Quartet holds the Endowed String Quartet Residency at the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University in Logan, Utah.
About Crowden's Sundays @ Four Chamber Music Series
Crowden presents chamber music to the public with Sundays @ Four, our series of low-cost, informal concerts featuring distinguished chamber musicians. Artists speak about each work and share their personal observations and inspirations in these intimate concerts, then mingle with the audience in receptions after the performance.
In advance (Brown Paper Tickets): $22.50 general admission, $18 seniors and students 18 and up(with ID), FREE for children under 18 (limit 3 per purchase)
At the door: $25 general admission, $20 seniors and students 18 and up (with ID), FREE for children under 18!
Crowden Music Center (View)
1475 Rose Street
Berkeley, CA 94702