Programs

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Folk music celebrates the rhythms, the language, and the pulse of a culture, through participation and preservation of our roots. KQ explores how four classical composers and musicians - Golijov, Villa-Lobos, Dvorak and Visconti - have brought folk music into their own genre.

 

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Composed in 2010 and 2014 by Jens Kruger of the Kruger Brothers, these cross-genre works are for string quartet, banjo, bass and guitar. Innovative and beautiful, these pieces celebrate, respectively, the international touring artist's experience, and Appalachian culture. For more information on how to engage the Kontras Quartet and the Kruger Brothers for this program, please contact Kontras or Fleming Artists.

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A highly lyrical program centered around a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us." Featuring music by Hugo Wolf, Mendelssohn, and Schubert.
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Tour three centuries of string quartet repertoire with Kontras, explore the evolution of the genre, and enjoy musical selections ranging from Telemann to television, and everything in between. Featuring music by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Debussy, Stravinsky, Dan Visconti, Joe Hisaishi and more.
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A somber elegy and quartet by Dmitri Shostakovich, counterbalanced by John Cage’s droll humor and Hindemith’s farcical whimsy.
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The theme of this program refers to Mozart’s desire to impress Haydn, Benjamin Britten’s witty impressions of those around him, and Ravel’s great Impressionistic string quartet.
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Kontras takes audiences on a musical journey through each of our home countries: America, South Africa, Japan and Russia. Featuring music by Dan Visconti, Kevin Volans, Hajime Koumatsu, and Igor Stravinsky.

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Presenters can choose from an appealing variety of contrasting yet lyrical options, such as Glazunov, Piazzolla, Mozart, Tan Dun, and Arnold van Wyk.
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Grief (by Kris Trappeniers)
This is a thought-provoking program, designed to be both cathartic and insightful for those seeking a truly intellectual, inspirational experience. Musical selections have been chosen to illustrate the classic psychological formula of the 7 stages of coping, from anger and denial to acceptance and hope, showing that music functions as an emotional outlet for composers and listeners alike, and unites us in our common, timeless human experiences.
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Haydn's musical meditations on the "Seven Last Words of Christ". The program can be accompanied by the reflections of local community and spiritual leaders. A beautiful remembrance at Easter time.
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Join us as we take young audiences on a musical journey through each of their home countries. The program starts out with traditional quartet repertoire, demonstrating the genre and explaining each instrument's role in the quartet. From there, we launch into a world tour of music demonstrating traditional styles of American, Asian, Russian and African music.

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This invigorating program is designed to show students and adults alike that there isn't much difference between their beloved sports and the inner workings of a string quartet. In this program, listeners will learn that it takes teamwork, athleticism, competition, stamina, and a whole lot of fun to play music together, just like players on a soccer team.
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Our newest educational program is designed to address the subject of community and working for a common good cause. Subject matter includes the idea of recycling, as illustrated by examples of "green composing", musical collaboration, tradition, helping our fellow man, and equality and peace among people.
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Intended for very young ears, this delightful program is a spin-off of the Around the World concert. Listeners will learn that playing music together is just like baking cookies, with each voice being an important ingredient. This program is especially fun for smaller groups, and includes special audience participation.
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