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Attacca Quartet

Dear Virtuosi Friend,

After a hiatus in part to allow for the transition of our new staff members, Andrew and Sandra, I am pleased to resume “High Notes from Harry”. This one is simply focused on the next concert called “PROJECT 68”.

Virtuosi Concerts presents the exciting Attacca Quartet on Saturday, February 25th at 8:00 pm in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall at the University of Winnipeg.  (The Attacca Quartet replaces the previously advertised Cyprien Katsaris recital.)
“The Attacca Quartet is the hottest classical ensemble in New York – now performing all 68 Haydn string quartets in a special series they  created in that city. They fly in to make the Winnipeg debut on our stage following their stunning capture of the top prize in the 2011 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. They also give Winnipeg a rare performance of Samuel Barber’s famous Adagio for Strings in its original string quartet version!”
“The Attacca plays with precision and passion … and with fierce dedication. A Sensational concert” – The New York Times

I had the pleasure of experiencing Attacca live and up-close only a few weeks ago in New York City, where they were showcased at the annual Chamber Music America conference. The sophisticated audience of chamber music presenters went a little crazy with enthusiasm for a performance which was both exuberant and musically deep. When I met the players afterwards, still feeling a bit stunned by such a wild reception, I told them that they should expect a similar response when they come to Winnipeg! Look for Gwenda Nemerofsky’s recent phone interview with members of Attacca in the Winnipeg Free Press on Thursday, February 23.

Comprised of violinists Amy Schroeder and Keiko Tokunaga, violist Luke Fleming and cellist Andrew Yee, the Attacca Quartet was formed at The Juilliard School in 2003. They made their professional debut in 2007 as part of the Artists International Winners Series in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and have appeared there on numerous occasions since.

In December 2009, they premiered John Adams’ String Quartet at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. In 2010, they began an ambitious five-year project performing all 68 string quartets of Haydn in New York City. The Attacca Quartet is now represented by Schmidt Artists International, Inc.

Their programme will include:

From their “PROJECT 68”, Haydn String Quartet No. 67 in F major, Op. 77, No. 2, “Lobkowitz”; Leoš Janáček String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters”; Attacca’s recently recorded Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Op. 44, No. 2; and Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings from his String Quartet  No. 1.

I always find in helpful to listen to the music prior to the concert. If you would like a preview of Attacca, please click on the following link: YouTube.

Tickets are $43 for adults, $25 for students and $5 for high school students (eyeGO) by calling 786-9000, or at the door subject to availability.

I look forward to seeing you at the concert. There are still seats available.

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