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Renowned Heath Quartet Plays at the Mahaney Center for the Arts October 27

October 12, 2017

Program to Include Haydn, Tippett, Bach, and Mendelssohn

Middlebury, VT—Returning to Middlebury with a new Gramophone award and second violinist in tow, the extraordinary Heath Quartet will treat audiences to a rich, mixed repertoire program including works by Haydn, Tippett, Bach, and Mendelssohn on Friday, October 27 at 8:00 P.M.

The U.K.-based ensemble was the Middlebury Performing Arts Series’ first quartet in residence in 2016, spending a month on campus to give performances, master classes, and school visits. They quickly became favorites of local audiences. “It’s always a tremendous opportunity when a series or community gets to form lasting relationships with artists and ensembles,” said Performing Arts Series Director Allison Coyne Carroll. “The quartet left quite an indelible impression on our community.”

This time around, the quartet will perform Joseph Haydn’s Quartet in D Minor, Op. 76, No. 2; 20th century composer Michael Tippett’s String Quartet No. 2; selected chorale preludes of Johann Sebastian Bach; and Felix Mendelssohn’s Quartet in F minor, Op. 80. Music Professor Larry Hamberlin will give a free pre-concert talk about the musical selections at 7:00 P.M.

The quartet’s concert at Middlebury is part of the Nelson Chamber Music Series, and is made possible with generous support from Middlebury College President Emeritus Olin C. Robison.


About the Quartet

The dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet (Oliver Heath, violin; Sara Wolstenholme, violin; Gary Pomeroy, viola; and Christopher Murray, cello) is one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment. Formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music, they were selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust. Among their many honors are a Borletti-Buitoni Special Ensemble Scholarship; the Ensemble Prize at the 2012 Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern; the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award in 2013; and most recently, a 2016 Gramophone Chamber Award for their recording of the complete string quartets of Sir Michael Tippett.

Following the Gramophone award on the Wigmore LIVE label, their next critically-acclaimed recording on the Harmonia Mundi label featured Tchaikovsky’s first and third quartets, quickly followed by a live recording of the complete Bartók quartets. This CD has a special connection to Middlebury, as the quartet utilized part of their 2016 residency here to rehearse and perform the Bartók works before the live recording’s release in May 2017.

The quartet has performed extensively in North America, including their New York debut at Carnegie Hall, and subsequent concerts for Great Performers at Lincoln Center and the Phillips Collection. They have also appeared at many of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals, such as the BBC Proms, Beethovenfest Bonn, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Berlin, Paris’ Musée d’Orsay and Louvre Auditorium, the Barbican, Queen’s Hall Edinburgh, Vara Konserthus in Sweden, Esterházy Palace, and the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna.

Strong proponents of contemporary music, the quartet has worked with several leading composers including Hans Abrahamsen, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Steven Mackey.

The quartet members are Professors of Chamber Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, individually holding instrumental teaching posts in the faculty.


Performance Details

The Heath Quartet will perform on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 8:00 P.M. at the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts’ Robison Hall. The free pre-concert talk by Larry Hamberlin will begin at 7:00 P.M. in the Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221.The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south, on the campus of Middlebury College. Free parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. Tickets are $28 for adults; $22 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, emeriti, and alumni; and $6 for Middlebury College students, and are on sale at 802-443-MIDD (6433) or



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The Heath Quartet performs at the Mahaney Center for the Arts October 27, photo Simon Way

The Heath Quartet performs at the Mahaney Center for the Arts October 27, photo Patrick Ford

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