On Saturday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m., a concert featuring chamber music works by prominent Russian composers will be held to commemorate to 100-year anniversary of the Russian Revolution.
The concert will feature the award-winning Amernet String Quartet playing compositions by Glazunov, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. A pre-concert talk with Truman Bullard will begin at 7:15 p.m. The concert is presented by Market Square Concerts and will be held at the Market Square Presbyterian Church located at 20 S. 2nd St., in Harrisburg.
Praised for their “complex” sound and exceptional technical ability, the Amernet String Quartet is considered one of the best chamber music ensembles touring today. The Amernet’s performance schedule has taken the group across the United States and to Asia, Europe and the Middle East. They have collaborated with many of today’s most prominent classical artists and ensembles, including the Tokyo and Ying Quartets, and have won medals at the Tokyo International Music Competition and at the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition.
The Amernet String Quartet features Misha Vitenson and Franz Felkl on violin, Michael Klotz on viola and Jason Calloway on cello. They are currently in artists-in-residence at Florida International University in Miami, but have also held posts at Northern Kentucky University, at the University of Cincinnati College, and at the Caramoor Center for the Arts.
The program will feature Glazunov’s colorful Five Novelettes, Shostakovich’s elegiac String Quartet No. 11 and Tchaikovsky’s poetic String Quartet No. 2. During the pre-concert lecture Bullard, who is professor emeritus of music at Dickinson College and considered an expert on Russian music, will discuss the selections.
Two of the selections performed during the concert, the Glazunov and the Tchaikovsky, were composed pre-revolution. The Shostakovich was composed more recently. Listeners are invited to imagine how the time period during which the compositions were created may have influenced the tone of each work.
Tickets are $35, $30 for seniors and $5 for college students. Tickets are free for school students, and $10 for the accompanying parent or sibling. For tickets and information, visit www.marketsquareconcerts.org/concerts or call 717 221-9599. Remaining tickets will be available at the door.