Middlebury College Performing Arts Series Presents Heath Quartet April 9 on U.S. Debut Tour
August 5, 2014
Quartet Previews Carnegie Hall Program of Beethoven, Bartók, and Mendelssohn
Middlebury, VT—Middlebury College’s Performing Arts Series will proudly present the Heath Quartet on April 9, becoming one of only four presenters in the United States to host the acclaimed young ensemble on its first U.S. tour. Making a stop at the Mahaney Center for the Arts, the string quartet will play Beethoven’s String Quartet op. 18 no. 6; Bartók’s second quartet, and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet no. 2 in A Minor, the same program they will perform three days later at their Carnegie Hall debut. The Quartet is emerging rapidly as an exciting and original voice on the international chamber music scene.
The Heath Quartet—comprised of violinists Oliver Heath and Cerys Jones, violist Gary Pomeroy, and cellist Christopher Murray—was formed in 2002 at the U.K.’s Royal Northern College of Music, under the guidance of the late Dr. Christopher Rowland and Alasdair Tait. Since being selected for the Young Concert Artists Trust and winning first prize at the Tromp Competition in 2008, the Quartet has forged a strong international presence. In 2011, they were awarded a prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Special Ensemble Scholarship and undertook complete Beethoven cycles in Salamanca, Spain; and Edinburgh, Scotland. The quartet went on to win the 2012 Ensemble Prize at Germany’s Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and was the recipient of the 2012 Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artists award in Britain.
The Quartet will perform at prestigious venues around the world in the 2013–2014 season. Engagements include complete cycles of work by composers Tippett and Bartók; a recital with the soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci at London’s Wigmore Hall; debut recitals at the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay in Paris; return visits to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw; and its current U.S. debut tour including stops at Middlebury College and Marlboro College in Vermont, the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., and a New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. As they travel, they collect accolades at every turn. The Strad magazine lauded them for “passionate performances that combine technical accomplishment with interpretative flair.” The Times of London declared their recital “a performance of unforced beauty and tremulous tension.”
The Heath Quartet’s Middlebury concert will be set in context by two additional special events, also on April 9. First, they will perform live at 10:00 A.M. on Vermont Public Radio’s statewide VPR Classical. Host Walter Parker will invite the Quartet to perform the second movement of Bartók’s string quartet no. 2. Later that evening, Professor Greg Vitercik, chair of the Middlebury College Department of Music, will offer a pre-concert lecture at 6:45 P.M. in Room 125 of the Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts.
The public concert by the Heath Quartet will take place on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at 7:30 P.M., in the Concert Hall of the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts. The Mahaney Center for the Arts is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south, on the campus of Middlebury College. Free parking is available. Tickets are $20 for the general public; $15 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://www.middlebury.edu/arts.
Top right, second from top, bottom: Sussie Ahlburg
Top left: Stefano Scheggi