Calidore String Quartet
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Calidore String Quartet was supposed to make its Center for the Performing Arts premiere in April 2020 at Schwab Auditorium, but the pandemic had other plans. Almost two years later, the ensemble will make its in-person Penn State debut at Recital Hall.
Within two years of its creation in 2010, the Calidore had won grand prizes in most of the major U.S. chamber music competitions. More recently, the ensemble has garnered the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2017 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award.
The quartet features violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, and cellist Estelle Choi. “Four more individual musicians are unimaginable, yet these speak, breathe, think, and feel as one,” writes a Washington Post reviewer. “… The grateful audience left enriched and, I suspect, a little more human than it arrived.”
The quartet’s concert will feature Ludwig van Beethoven’s Quartet in F minor, Op. 95, Serioso, and Beethoven’s Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130, with Op. 133 Grosse Fuge. The evening will also include Breathing Statues, an Anna Clyne composition inspired by the Grosse Fuge and co-commissioned by the Center for the Performing Arts through its membership in the national Music Accord consortium.
London-born Clyne is a Grammy-nominated “composer of uncommon gifts and unusual methods,” writes a New York Times reporter. Clyne, who lives in the United States, has collaborated with cutting-edge choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, and musicians throughout the world.
Using an amalgamation of “California” and “doré” (French for “golden”), the quartet’s name represents a reverence for the diversity of culture and the strong support it received from its home—Los Angeles, California, the “golden state.”
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