Three Rags for String Quartet
Westheimer String Quartet
Rosa Parks Quartet
Daniel Bernard Roumain
Carya String Quartet
Octet in Eb Major, Op. 20
What better way to close our collaborative fourth season than adding four players to the stage? We are supremely excited to present an evening of thrilling new music with the Carya Quartet before joining forces for an old favorite!
WSQ opens the program with William Bolcom’s Three Rags (1989), a jaunty take on the old genre made famous by the likes of Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton. William Bolcom, Pulitzer- and Grammy-winning American composer, combines the charm of the ever-popular “ragtime” genre from the turn of the 20th-century with his characteristic wit and creativity in these charismatic works. Named for the “ragged” rhythmic feel that pervades the style, these tunes might be stuck in your head until next week. The Carya Quartet will then perform the evocative “Rosa Parks String Quartet” (2015) by Daniel Bernard Roumain, fusing hip-hop and classical genres in a unique and compelling work.
Finally, the two quartets will join each other on stage for the magnificent and timeless String Octet by Felix Mendelssohn. Written at just sixteen years old, this stunning work is one of the most perfect examples of chamber music of all time and it’s the perfect end to our season.