The Marco Island Center for the Arts presents Serafin String Quartet in a performance on Thursday, January 21 at 5:30 PM. The Quartet’s recent recording on Naxos was named “Top 10 Classical Albums of 2013” by Philadelphia’s City Paper, and the Delaware-based Serafin String Quartet is sought after for performances around the nation.
Hailed for “silken finesse and gritty vibrancy” by Gramophone Magazine and for “playing with style and sophistication” by The Strad Magazine, Serafin String Quartet debuted at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and has consistently received superlatives in the press and ovations by audiences all over.
The concert features quartets by Shostakovich and Grieg, as well as the Florida premiere of two short pieces for quartet, “Veil of Leaves” and “Between the Accidental,” by noted young composer Julia Adolphe. Adolphe’s current commissions include a viola concerto for the New York Philharmonic and Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps.
The Serafins share Adolphe’s passion for exploring new works, and for expanding the musical conversation through the ages. The two brief works reveal her potential as a masterful string quartet composer. “Veil of Leaves” presents contrasting themes, and rich, earthy and dark sonorities contrasted by rhythmic exuberance and light harmonics. “Between the Accidental” juxtaposes highly dissonant sonorities with modal melodies.
The program also includes Dimitri Shostakovich String Quartet #3, a brilliant example of the composer’s knack for conveying emotion, irony, character and sonic diversity. The program closes with Edvard Grieg String Quartet Op. 27, the only complete string quartet from this great Norwegian composer. Grieg offers the listener a romantic display echoing the vigor and joy of life and love, while also dancing with death and the darker side of human experience.
Tickets are $50 per person, and can be purchase at www.marcoislandart.org, or by calling 239-394-4221. The Marco Island Center for the Arts is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive in Marco Island. For more information on the Serafin String Quartet, please visit www.serafinquartet.org.