The Delray String Quartet continues its sixth season with concerts in Delray Beach and Fort Lauderdale. The theme of the concerts will be Stand back, Buenos Aires!, a diverse program presenting the music of Mozart, Puccini, and Ginastera.

The great Argentinian composer Ginastera uses the sounds of strumming guitars and rhythms of his country. Italian composer Giacomo Puccini recycled his string quartet for one of his greatest operas.

The Delray String Quartet brings together world-class musicians. Violinists Mei Mei Luo and Megan McClendon, violist Richard Fleischman and cellist Claudio Jaffé are scheduled to perform.

In the past, the quartet has performed diverse programs including the classical works of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Arriaga. In addition, the standard romantic works of Franck, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov and Puccini and Gershwin have become staples.

World premieres, favorite masterworks and less familiar gems are included in the Delray String Quartet’s repertoire. In February, 2009, the quartet presented an exciting new piece written especially for them, The String Quartet No. 3, composed by Thomas Sleeper. Sleeper, a University of Miami-based educator and composer, is an important and impressive contribution to the genre of American string-quartet writing.

Sleeper’s compositions have been performed by orchestras around the world including the Central Philharmonic of China and the Berlin Philharmonic. He currently resides in Miami, where he serves as Conductor of the University of Miami Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Florida Youth Orchestra.

Greg Stepanich of South Florida Classical Review praises the string quartet. “They can be proud of their new role as champion of contemporary music. One looks forward not only to the upcoming recording the group plans of Sleeper’s Third Quartet, but to the adoption of this fine piece by enterprising string quartets everywhere.”

More information can be found at www.DelrayStringQuartet.com.

Future Performances:

DATE: March 6, 2010

LOCATION: All Saints Episcopal Church, Fort Lauderdale 33301

Time: 7:30 p.m. Pre-Concert Lecture

8:00 p.m. Concert

 

DATE: March 7, 2010

LOCATION: The Colony Hotel & Cabaña Club, Delray Beach

Time: Pre-Concert Lecture

4:00 p.m. Concert

 

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