Chamber Music Concerts Kicks Off 2017-18 Season with Dover String Quartet

Chamber Music Concerts (CMC) kicks off the season with the award-winning Dover String Quartet on Friday, September 29 at 7:30pm at the Southern Oregon University (SOU) Music Recital Hall. Tickets are available for $33/$38, with a special price of only $5 for full-time students and Oregon Trail Card holders. To purchase tickets, visit, where you may choose your seats, or call the Box Office at 541-552-6154 or 541-552-6348. (Please contact Jody Schmidt at 541-552-6154 if you need accommodations for a disability.)

The quartet will present works by Danielpour, Tchaikovsky, and Bartok in a performance they titled “Dancing around the World.” They describe the concert as “allowing us to experience music in its most human and natural purpose — movement and dancing. Richard Danielpour, the Persian-American composer, uses Iranian folk music in these four wonderful short appetizers for the program, followed by Tchaikovsky's Quartet in D Major, which brings to life so many of the elements of the stunning ballet music that was his trademark. Finally, Bartok's epically masterful Quartet No. 1 exhibits many different forms of human movement, from the funeral-dirge first movement to the lively and jovial Hungarian folk music of the last movement.”

The Dover Quartet’s rise from up-and-coming young ensemble to occupying a spot at the top of their field has been “practically meteoric” (Strings). Catapulted to prominence after sweeping the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the group has become a major presence on the international scene. With its burnished warmth, incisive rhythms, and natural phrasing, the Quartet’s distinctive sound has helped confirm its status as “the young American string quartet of the moment” (New Yorker). Named as Cleveland Quartet Award winner for the 2016–17 and 2017–18 seasons, the group was awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant in March 2017.

All four members are consummate solo artists: first violinist Joel Link took first prize at the Menuhin Competition; violinist Bryan Lee and violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt have appeared as soloists with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Tokyo Philharmonic, respectively; and cellist Camden Shaw released a solo album debut on the Unipheye Music label. Rogue Valley residents may recognize Shaw, who is an Ashland native and son of the former conductor of the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra, Arthur Shaw.

The Dover Quartet formed at the Curtis Institute of Music, and its name pays tribute to Dover Beach by composer and fellow Curtis alumnus Samuel Barber. The quartet is dedicated to sharing its music with under-served communities and is actively involved with Music for Food, an initiative enabling musicians to raise resources and awareness in the fight against hunger.

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