CANCELLED: Veronika String Quartet
March 27, 2009
Editor’s note: Due to weather, the concert has been cancelled.
The Grand County Concert Series continues its fifth season tonight with an encore performance by the Veronika String Quartet.
GCCS board member Mairi Nelson said last year’s performance was “fabulous.” A “haunting” Greek piece they played had everyone talking for hours afterward, she said. “They are wonderful musicians and they play beautifully. The sound is exquisite.”
Since its beginnings in 1989 at Gnessin State Musical College in Moscow, the quartet has been awarded top spots in competitions in Russia, Australia, and in the United States. Former coach Valentin Berlinsky taught members Veronika Afanassieva and Karine Garibova (violins), Ekaterina Dobrotvorskaia (viola), and Mary Artmann (cello) “invaluable” lessons on Russian performing traditions. Henry W. Meyer, LaSalle Quartet violinist, was also a contributing mentor.
Garibova said the group has been very busy this past year. Aside from their stage performances, the musicians lend their talents in residence at the Colorado State University Pueblo campus and with the Pueblo Symphony. Highlights include their first Grand County performance, the 31st annual conference of Chamber Music America in New York, and a Retrospective and Celebration in honor of the 80th birthday of Carlton Gamer, professor emeritus.
This next year they celebrate their 10th anniversary playing in Pueblo and teaching at the school. Garibova said she and the other members like the fact that they can pass their experience on. “I personally learn a lot from teaching students,” she said. “It makes me more quality-conscious (in) analyzing what I do. … We are trying to pass on as much as we learned ourselves, and also see how else we could be helpful.”
It will also be the 20th anniversary of the quartet. To celebrate, they hope to have a new album out as well (they have released about eight albums since their inception).
Repertoire consists of a wide variety of composers, including everything from Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven to modern arrangements. Mendelssohn will be a big portion of the quartet’s performance Friday night, in tribute to the composer’s 200th anniversary. The quartet will play a piece of his with four movements to kick off the show. They will also be doing “4 for Tango” by Piazzolla, as well as a work by Ravel.
Proceeds help bring in top artists, as well as students to concerts in Grand County and performers into the local schools. A complimentary dessert reception offers a chance to meet with the artists after the concert. Two GCCS performances remain to finish out the season: Bergmann Piano Duo April 10 and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet May 15.