La Cafamore String Quartet returns to Knox
Presenting: Black Angels and Death and the Maiden Live in Concert
La Cafamore String Quartet is enjoying their fifth season as a performing ensemble, and are amongst the best string players in the Kootenays.
Since the beginning, the quartet has been bringing exciting programs to concertgoers throughout the region. Their concert this year, Saturday April 20, will consist of two famous pieces that examine the theme of death.
The concert will feature Black Angels: Thirteen images from the Dark Land by American avant-garde composer George Crumb, and Death and the Maiden by 17th Century Austrian composer Franz Schubert.
La Cafamore Quartet delighted the audience at Knox Presbyterian Church last May, with pianist Nina Horvath, and last September with Clarinetist Nicola Everton.
Black Angels is notable for its unconventional instrumentation, which calls for electric string instruments, crystal glasses, and two suspended tam-tam gongs. Crumb was inspired by experimental atonal piano music of the 60’s for this work, and meant for it to explore the world’s religious strife of his time. The first violin represents the devil in this work, while the cello represents the voice of God. The piece has been championed by the Kronos quartet, and was featured in the sound track of the movie The Exorcist.
The String Quartet No. 14 in D minor known as Death and the Maiden, is one of the pillars of the chamber music repertoire. Composed in 1824, after the composer suffered through a serious illness and realized that he was dying, it is Schubert’s testament to death. The quartet is named for the theme of the second movement, which Schubert took from a song he wrote in 1817 of the same title.
The members of La Cafamore are all accomplished musicians who studied in top music programs and are involved with various symphony orchestras throughout Western Canada.
Cellist Jeff Faragher is currently music and artistic director of the Symphony of the Kootenays and tours extensively throughout Western Canada with Keri Lynn Zwicker and Harp Rouge; First Violinist, Carolyn Cameron has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, The Regina Symphony and the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestras; Second Violinist, Angela Snyder has been a member of the Banff Centre Chamber orchestra, and the Saskatoon Symphony; Violist, Alexis More is a member of the Symphony of the Kootenays and teaches Violin, Viola and Cello in Nelson, Castlegar and the Slocan Valley.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Knox Presbyterian Church – 2100 3rd Street South, Cranbrook.
For more information contact: Jeff Faragher [email protected]