April 6, 2019 - 8:00 pm

Praised for playing with “supreme melodic control and total authority” and “decided dramatic impact” (Calgary Herald), the Argus Quartet has quickly emerged as one of today’s most dynamic and versatile young ensembles, winning first prize at the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, and the 2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition.

Recent performances include appearances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall, Roulette, the Albany Symphony’s American Music Festival, Bang on a Can at the Noguchi Museum, the Hear Now Music Festival, Providence College, University of Michigan, James Madison University’s Contemporary Music Festival, Princeton University, the Shalin Liu Performance Center at Rockport Music and the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ in Amsterdam.

Argus is dedicated to reinvigorating the audience-performer relationship through innovative concerts and diverse programming. The quartet’s core mission is to connect with and build up a community of engaged listeners, with the strong belief that today’s ensembles can honor the storied chamber music traditions of our past while forging a new path forward. In that spirit, the ensemble’s repertoire includes not just masterworks of the chamber music canon, but also a wide range of pieces by living composers.

In the fall of 2017, the Argus Quartet began a two-year appointment as the Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Juilliard School, where they work closely with the Juilliard String Quartet. In addition, Juilliard presented Argus’ Lincoln Center recital debut at Alice Tully Hall in May 2018. From 2015–17, the Quartet served as the Fellowship Quartet in Residence at the Yale School of Music (as the first ensemble mentored by the Brentano String Quartet in that capacity), and during the 2016–17 season, they served as the Ernst Stiefel Quartet in Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.

• Clara Kim, violin
• Jason Issokson, violin
• Dana Kelley, viola
• Joann Whang, cello

Program
Josef Haydn - String Quartet in B minor Opus 33, No. 1 - (19:00)
Tan Dun – Eight Colors for String Quartet (1986) – (16:00)
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Claude Debussy - String Quartet in G minor, Opus 10 - (26:00)

Contact Info

Alisa Pearson
(413) 542-2195
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