Inspiring Curiosity: Aizuri Quartet at the Library

By Erik Petersons on February 8, 2016

Last Thursday, the Aizuri Quartet traveled out to the Coleman Northwest Regional Library and presented a program to nearly 100 Germantown residents.  While children took front row seats in the lower level of the library, the music traveled through the two floors above it, drawing attention from many others who watched from the balconies that overlook the mini amphitheater.

The Quartet explored varying styles of musical expression—from Beethoven's musical games and surprises, Robert Schumann’s touching and conversational music, and the ground-breaking new sounds and intricate grooves in “Carrot Revolution,” a spectacular new work written for them by the young composer Gabriella Smith.  They prefaced each work with excerpts that aided the young listeners in following its themes and kindling images in their minds of what they heard.

Whether it was music from two centuries ago or the work composed just last year, the Aizuri Quartet showed their creativity in making the chamber music tradition come alive for this new, and very appreciative audience.

This interactive concert was made possible through PCMS' partnership with the Free Library.  Join ECCO for a free family concert on Saturday, May 14th (11 am) at the Central branch.

The Aizuri Quartet, currently the quartet-in-residence at Curtis, makes their PCMS debut on Wednesday, May 18th at the American Philosophical Society.