School of Music presents livestreams of spring guest artist concerts

The School of Music continues its livestream series from Watson Hall this spring, highlighted by three concerts by prominent guest artists: the Verona Quartet (Feb. 18); the UNCSA New York Alumni Quintet, including UNCSA alumni members of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (March 17); and The Warp Trio (April 14). The free livestreams can be viewed on the School of Music Facebook page.

The UNCSA School of Music began livestreaming concerts from Watson Hall during the celebrated on-campus recital hall’s 15th anniversary season in 2018. The hall features state-of-the-art cameras and streaming system, giving audiences worldwide access to performances by UNCSA students, faculty and world-class guest artists.

THe Verona Quartet peforms Feb. 18 in a concert to be livestreamed from UNCSA's Watson Hall

The Verona Quartet performs Tuesday, Feb. 18 in a concert to be livestreamed from UNCSA's Watson Hall.

The Verona Quartet (Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m.)

UNCSA faculty members Ulrich Eichenauer, viola, and Oskar Espina Ruiz, clarinet, join the Verona Quartet, 2020 recipient of Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award. The program features the U.S. premiere of “Lilurak (Fascination),” a clarinet quintet by Spanish composer Isabel Urrutia; and, in celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday year, his String Quintet in C minor, Op. 104 and String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135.

The Verona Quartet’s members represent four different nations, but their singular approach and unanimity of purpose in both musical and cultural cooperation have quickly earned the group a reputation as an “outstanding ensemble...cohesive yet full of temperament” (The New York Times). The quartet has performed worldwide, including at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, La Jolla Summerfest, Chamber Music Northwest, Bravo! Vail and more. Committed to education and community outreach, the quartet is the inaugural Quartet-in-Residence with North Carolina’s Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, where it performs over 10 concerts and 40 community engagement activities annually.

UNCSA alumnus Rion Wentworth of the New York Philharmonic will perform in a livestreamed concert on March 17.

Alumnus Rion Wentworth, a double bassist with the New York Philharmonic, will perform Tuesday, March 17, in a concert to be livestreamed from Watston Hall.

UNCSA New York Alumni Quintet (Tuesday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET)

Three successful UNCSA alumni return to give a concert as part of the UNCSA New York Alumni Quintet. The program features faculty member Kenneth Frazelle’s “Elegy for Strings,” Carlos Chàvez’s Quartet No. 2 and Dvořák’s Quintet Op. 77. The quintet includes New York Philharmonic member and UNCSA alumnus Rion Wentworth, double bass; alumnus Sam Magill, cello, of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; alumna Naho Tsutsui-Parrini, violin, of the Bloomingdale School of Music; the New York Philharmonic’s Leah Ferguson, viola; and Rebecca Anderson, violin. 

Warp Trio will perform Tuesday, April 14 in a concert to be livestreamed from Watson Hall

Warp Trio, with alumnus Mikael Darmanie, at right, will perform Tuesday, April 14, in a concert to be livestreamed from Watson Hall.

Warp Trio (Tuesday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m.)

The electrifying Warp Trio performs in a cross-genre chamber music experience. Featuring UNCSA alumnus Mikael Darmanie, and a combination of Juilliard-trained members juxtaposed with others steeped in rock and jazz styles, the one-of-a-kind Warp Trio performs in concert halls and rock venues around the world.

Tickets to attend the concerts are available online or by calling 336-721-1945.

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February 13, 2020