Date: 8:00pm EDT March 26, 2014
Atlantic String Quartet of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
The Atlantic String Quartet, founded in 1995, has established itself as one of the most prominent chamber music ensembles in the Baltimore-Washington area. The quartet has appeared at major chamber music series in the region including the Chamber Music by Candlelight series, the Embassy Series, the Music in the Great Hall series, the Sundays at Central series, Music in the Mansion series at the Strathmore and Sundays at Three series. Other recent chamber performances have taken them to venues such as the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick and Blackrock Center in Germantown. They performed as guest artists at the Quartet Program at Bucknell in PA, which YoYo Ma called “The best program of its kind…a training ground for lifemanship.” Individual tickets are $20 (adults) and $15 (seniors, students over age 12, and WC faculty/staff). Children 12 and under are free. Season tickets are available, as well.
The Atlantic Quartet has enjoyed wonderfully enthusiastic reviews. The Baltimore Sun said of a performance of Dvorak’s “American” Quartet, “Ensemble was tight throughout; phrasing was uniformly ardent and communicative; the group’s smoothly-blended tone had considerable richness.” The Sun also stated that during its rendition of Beethoven’s Opus 74 string quartet the quartet “demonstrated the kind of inter-communication skills that characterize full-time chamber ensembles,” and called the group’s Baltimore premiere of Larry Hoffman’s String Quartet No. 1: The Blues, now available on a CD of the composer’s works, “taut and atmospheric.” The Washington Post praised the Atlantic Quartet for “(its) willingness to take risks,” and noted that the members “share a sense of the explosive.” The Frederick Gazette said, “The players attacked this intensive masterpiece with a gritty tone color that sent sparks flying in all directions. Their performance was a study in ferocity, as they drenched the listener in splashes of exquisite color.”
Members of the group have recorded on various labels, including Hugo (Hong Kong), Tian-Tian(China) and Sonoris. The Atlantic Quartet has recorded the Mozart Horn Concerti, arranged for horn and string quartet, with Peter Landgren, Dean of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. They are also featured on the Home Run Holiday CD with former Baltimore Oriole Rick Dempsey.
Quartet members have given performances and master classes in Canada, the United States, Central America, South America, Europe, and Asia. They have collaborated with some of the world’s leading musicians in chamber music, including violinists Pamela Frank, Ida Kavafian, and Miriam Fried, violist Milton Katims, bassist Gary Karr, pianists Christopher Riley, Samuel Sanders and Jon Kimura Parker.
The group has appeared regularly at schools, hospitals, churches and other community venues. They made two appearances as guest artists and lecturers at the Clinical-Pathological Conference of the Department of Medicine, University of Maryland, where they performed and discussed the quartets of Beethoven and Mozart. They were the featured performers at the Governor’s Arts Award in Marylandand at a special event hosted by former Chinese Ambassador, Jiechi Yang, now the Minster of Foreign Affairs in China.
All four members of the Atlantic Quartet are members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and all have performed as soloists with the BSO and other American orchestras.
Learn more about the individual artists
Jonathan McCollum, Ph.D.
Ken Schweitzer, D.M.A