Monday, June 13, 2011

Composition Competition 2011 - Participating Countries and US States

String Quartets from 27 countries, 31 US states!
Thank you to all who submitted their works for string quartet to our International Composition Competition! The evaluation process is now in progress, and we want to express our admiration and gratitude to all of you for your creativity and enthusiasm! Our mailbox has been full every day, and while we can not disclose the composers' names, we are happy to share the list of participating countries: USA, Greece, UK, Italy, Mexico, Hungary, Austria, South Korea, China, Canada, Bulgaria, Georgia, Norway, Germany, Turkey, Japan, Australia, Armenia, Finland, Poland, France, Croatia, Uruguay, Brazil, Belgium, Finland, The Netherlands, and Spain! In the USA, 31 states are represented: Texas, Minnesota, Connecticut, Virginia, California, Louisiana, New Mexico, Missouri, New York, Colorado, Michigan, Washington, Oklahoma, Indiana, Oregon, Illinois, Kentucky, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Vermont, Ohio, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Maryland, North Carolina, Maine, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and, of course, our home state - Massachusetts! Thank you to all participants; and please come back soon for more competition updates, or connect at the Competition Page on Facebook!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Brahms Double Concerto at BU

On March 27, Julia (NESQ's 1st violinist) and Ming-Hui (NESQ's cellist) performed the Double Concerto by J.Brahms as soloists with Boston University Students' Orchestra conducted by Tiffany Chang. It was an exciting project, - and we are so grateful to everyone who made this concert possible. We are especially grateful to the wonderful orchestra musicians!

Thank you to everyone who came to the concert! - and we hope that those of our friends who live too far away (and couldn't make it) will enjoy a video:

Sunday, March 20, 2011

"Horizons" - original piece by the New England String Quartet, dedicated to Prof. H. Eugene Stanley, premiere at Boston University

We were honored to perform during the celebration of Prof. H. Eugene Stanley's contributions to diverse areas in statistical physics, neuroscience, econophysics, physiology and networks on the occasion of his 70th Birthday. The celebration, entitled "Horizons in Emergence and Scaling", was held at Boston University, and our original piece, "Horizons", written for and dedicated to Prof. Eugene Stanley, received its world premiere on March 19, 2011, as the featured piece of the Gala at Metcalf Trustee Center.

It is a pleasure to share with all of you a fragment of this piece. The first original edition of the score is now available for purchase, and parts are available for download.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Japan Relief Benefit Concert - New England String Quartet at Marsh Chapel (BU)

April 13, 2011 - 3 p.m. at Marsh Chapel (BU)
Dear Friends,

On April 13, 2011, our string quartet will be performing in Marsh Chapel at Boston University to collect the donations for victims of the Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami in Japan. The program will feature works by Japanese composers Joe Hisaishi and Yumi Kimura (used in award-winning Hayao Miyazaki's films), and music by J.Brahms, F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, W.A.Mozart. All donations collected during the concert will be sent to the American Red Cross directed toward supporting Japan.

We are inviting every one of you to attend this concert, and bring your family, friends, and co-workers. The suggested donation is just $5, and our quartet will send to The American Red Cross 100% of all donations. Together we can make a difference, and we believe that with the support of our friends, community, and fellow musicians, we will be able to encourage more events like this to be performed across the New England area during the Spring/Summer 2011. 

As we are looking forward to seeing all of you on April 13 at Marsh Chapel, we are already getting lots of positive feedback, and currently we are looking for venues across Massachusetts to host more benefit concerts featuring our quartet and other young performers who have expressed interest in collaborating on these projects. If you know someone who would be interested in hosting a Japan Reliefe Benefit Concert, please contact us by e-mail or by calling (857) 399 - 7837.

Please help us spread the word by sharing the event page on Facebook, hanging the poster at your workplace, or simply visiting The American Red Cross to donate to Japan online. Thank you for your support!

Monday, March 14, 2011

New England String Quartet and The Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus present the world premiere of John Kramer's "Three Thoughts on Love"

We were proud and happy to become a part of an extraordinary project by John Kramer and The Philharmonic Society of Arlington presenting "Three Thoughts on Love" - a three-movement commissioned work for string quartet and chorus. The concert of The Arlington-Belmont Chorale and The Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus took place on March 13, 2011 and featured the world premiere of "Three Thoughts on Love". We absolutely loved the music, and as we are looking forward to more performances, we just wanted to share with everyone the videos of this concert. Below is a fragment of "When in Disgrace (Sonnet 29)" - the third movement of "Three Thoughts on Love". To see complete clips of the performance, please visit our Youtube Channel.


From Belmont Citizen-Herald: Conducted by Kramer, this three movement piece draws its text from three very different origins. The first movement, “Let your Love Flow” combines text from the Buddhist “Sutta Nipata” with long sustained vocal harmonies accompanied by driving rhythmic motives in the strings. Next is “Set me as a Seal,” with words from the “Song of Solomon”; the music in this movement makes a bold romantic statement. And finally, “When, in disgrace with Fortune and men’s eyes,” Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29, Kramer takes us on a musical journey from minor-key desolation to a joyous love-inspired conclusion.
Kramer lives in Boston, teaches at the Winchester Community Music School and the South Shore Conservatory and serves as the music director for the Winchester Unitarian Society.