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.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New England String Quartet will perform at H. Eugene Stanley Gala Reception at Boston University

Professor H. Eugene Stanley
"Horizons in Emergence & Scaling" Symposium and Gala will celebrate contributions of Prof. H. Eugene Stanley to diverse areas in statistical physics, neuroscience, econophysics, physiology and networks on the occasion of his 70th birthday. The events will take place on March 18 and 19, 2011, and our string quartet is honored to be performing at the Gala on March 19. Please visit the event website to learn more about the celebration and view the symposia schedule.
Harry Eugene Stanley  has made seminal contributions to statistical physics  and is one of the pioneers of interdisciplinary science. His current research focuses on understanding the anomalous behavior of liquid water, but he had made fundamental contributions to complex systems, such as quantifying correlations among the constituents of the Alzheimer brain, and quantifying fluctuations in noncoding and coding DNA sequences, interbeat intervals of the healthy and diseased heart. He is one of the founding fathers of Econophysics. Please visit the official website of Prof. H. Eugene Stanley to learn more.

[March 20, 2011] From our latest blog post, "Horizons" - original piece by the New England String Quartet, dedicated to Prof. H. Eugene Stanley" :


It is a pleasure to share with all of you a fragment of "Horizons" which was performed as a surprise featured piece during the Gala at Metcalf Trustee Center on March 19, 2011. The first original edition of the score is now available for purchase, and parts are available for download.


 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Our string quartet at the Stoneridge Children's Montessori School Fundraiser


Photo from www.stoneridgecms.org
We are looking forward to performing at the Annual Stoneridge Auction - a wonderful event where parents, faculty and staff of  Stoneridge Children's Montessori School get together to celebrate, bid on exciting and valuable items and raise funds for the School (which has a great music program, too). We are so proud and happy to be a part of this celebration! The event itself is open to Stoneridge community only, but everyone is invited to support the School at an online auction >>>