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Gramophone Award-Winning Heath Quartet Returns to Middlebury

September 17, 2019

Two October Concerts Kick Off a Yearlong Beethoven String Quartet Cycle

One female musician and four male musicians hold their string instruments

Middlebury, VT—Known for “passionate performances that combine technical accomplishment with interpretative flair” (The Strad magazine), the acclaimed Heath Quartet returns on October 5 and 11 to help celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birth year. The ensemble will present Beethoven’s entire string quartet cycle over six concerts this season, bookending three weeklong residencies with the campus and community.

The October 5 concert will launch the cycle with Quartet No. 1 in F Major, op. 18.1; the “Serioso” quartet, op. 95; and Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, op. 130. Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin will offer an informative pre-concert lecture. The October 11 concert will feature Quartet No. 2 in G Major, op. 18.2; the second “Razumovsky” quartet, op. 59.2; and Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, op. 132. (The other four concerts in the cycle will follow on January 11 and 17, and May 2 and 8, 2020.

One female and three male string players dressed casually with their instruments

Following the success of the quartet’s first residency in 2016, as the Performing Arts Series’ first quartet-in-residence, Director Allison Coyne Carroll knew she wanted them back for this special season. “It’s a wonderful synergy that our 100th anniversary season coincides with the celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday in 2020—made all the better by the opportunity to collaborate with the Heath Quartet!”

In addition to their public performances, the Heath Quartet will participate in a full week of master classes and coaching sessions with students of all ages, visiting classes in music and neuroscience, and continuing their partnership with the Middlebury Community Music Center.

 

About the Heath Quartet

four musicians stand with string instruments on a train trackOne of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment, the Heath Quartet—including violinists Oliver Heath and Sara Wolstenholme, violist Gary Pomeroy, and cellist Christopher Murray—is steadily building a reputation for their upbeat and integrated sound. In May 2013 they became the first ensemble in fifteen years to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award. In 2016 their recording of Sir Michael Tippett’s string quartets (Wigmore Live) received widespread acclaim and won the Gramophone Chamber Disk of the Year.

Heath’s 2018–19 season included appearances with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, a return by popular demand to Toronto’s Mooredale Concerts, and performances at London’s Wigmore Hall and across Great Britian.

Champions of contemporary music, the musicians have worked with numerous leading composers including Louis Andriessen, Anthony Gilbert, Sofia Gubaidulina, Steven Mackey, John Musto, and more. The Heath Quartet’s members are Professors of Chamber Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, individually holding instrumental teaching posts on the faculty.

“The Heath not only conveyed total mood and atmosphere on a dime, but they are also wrought of a single-minded sound … this was the best kind of concert.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

“The delicate perfection of the sound was a marvel, and in leader Oliver Heath’s hands…had an exquisite tenderness.” —The Telegraph

 

Performance Details

The Heath Quartet will perform on Saturday, October 5, and Friday, October 11, 2019 at 7:30 P.M. at the Mahaney Arts Center’s Robison Hall. Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin will give a pre-concert lecture at 6:15 P.M. on October 5, before the first of the two concerts. For the October 11 concert, a cash bar and light refreshments will be available at intermission and after the concert. The Mahaney Center is located on the campus of Middlebury College, at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south/S. Main Street. Free parking is available curbside on Rt. 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. Reserved seating tickets are $22 for the general public; $16 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, and emeriti; $10 for youth; and $6 for Middlebury College students, and are on sale at (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or http://www.middlebury.edu/arts.

 

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Photo captions:

(top right, top left, 2nd from top right) The Gramophone Award-winning Heath Quartet will perform two concerts at the Mahaney Arts Center on October 5 and 11 as part of a complete Beethoven string quartet cycle this season. Photos by Kaupo Kikkas

(bottom left) The Heath Quartet, shown here on a recent visit to the TAM, will kick off a complete Beethoven string quartet cycle with two October concerts at the Mahaney Arts Center. Photo by Aaron Kimball

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