Pfeiffer University News
Kontras Quartet to perform at Pfeiffer University
- Published on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 ( 8:52 am )
Community invited to concert preceded by discussion that offers context
for selections to be performed
On Fri., Nov. 16, Pfeiffer University's Cultural Program presents the Kontras Quartet, a group of musicians who are rapidly building a reputation as one of the most vibrant young string quartets on the classical music scene. The event, which includes a pre-concert discussion, takes place in Henry Pfeiffer Chapel, 48380 U.S. Hwy. 52N, Misenheimer, at 7 p.m.; it is free and open to the community.
Lauded as a â€œtightly crafted and beautiful instrument,â€ the Kontras String Quartet offers fresh interpretations of the established string quartet canon. Members include violinists Dmitri Pogorelov and Francois Henkins, violist Ai Ishida and cellist Jean Hatmaker. Individually and collectively, they are advocates of undertaking and presenting new and often unfamiliar compositions from Russia, South Africa, Japan and the United States, the members' native countries. For this reason, the quartet presents engaging pre-concert conversations about the background and context of its music to stimulate a deeper understanding of its programs.
On faculty at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, N.C., and the NewArt School in Newton, N.C., quartet members are in demand as teachers, chamber music mentors, and orchestral coaches; they regularly mentor the young musicians of the Western Piedmont Youth Symphony through sectional coaching and master classes, and have worked with young audiences in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Virginia. The quartet is active in communities around North Carolina, performing more than 70 community concerts each year as a part of its residency.