Del Sol String Quartet

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Feb
3
Sat
2018
Del Sol Chamberfest 2018 (San Francisco)
Feb 3 @ 9:00 am – 7:30 pm

ChamberFest is an exciting, intensive weekend chamber music workshop for adult non-professional string players. Held in the intimate setting of an Ashbury Heights residence in San Francisco, this dynamic program features two days of hands-on coaching by the Del Sol String Quartet.

Ensembles will receive two days of coaching on their choice of repertoire (plus a short work by our resident composer) with members of the Del Sol Quartet.  (Suggestions will be made for other short contemporary works to explore during the weekend.)   In addition to the extensive coaching, participants will enjoy great food & drink, an intimate concert by Del Sol, and two intriguing, pragmatic workshops.  (Workshops have included topics on: ensemble, rhythm, intonation, the physical aspects of playing , contemporary repertoire and more.)

No audition required. Application due November 27.

Dates & Times: Saturday January 27 (9AM-7:30PM) & Sunday January 28 (9AM-4PM)

Cost: Tuition is $300/weekend including food.  Limited scholarships available.

Ensembles: This workshop focuses on the string quartet and is available to 6 ensembles.  These can include quartet “plus” (e.g. quintet, sextet).  We are limited to one group including piano, so please contact Chamberfest specifically (kathryn@delsolquartet.com). Mixed string/wind ensembles accepted on a limited basis.

Preformed groups are encouraged to apply.  Applications will be accepted from individual players and incomplete groups (2-3 people looking for additional players), but we cannot guarantee assignment to a group.

We will be joined this year by extraordinary cellist and composer Theresa Wong, who will explore her compositional aesthetics of intersecting composed music with improvisation and outside genres.  At the house concert, Del Sol will share her new work for quartet written in honor of their 25th anniversary. New in 2018 – Participants will break up the long hours of playing with a neck and shoulders stretching class led by yoga instructor Mary Anne Shinta.

Feb
4
Sun
2018
Del Sol Chamberfest 2018 (San Francisco)
Feb 4 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

ChamberFest is an exciting, intensive weekend chamber music workshop for adult non-professional string players. Held in the intimate setting of an Ashbury Heights residence in San Francisco, this dynamic program features two days of hands-on coaching by the Del Sol String Quartet.

Ensembles will receive two days of coaching on their choice of repertoire (plus a short work by our resident composer) with members of the Del Sol Quartet.  (Suggestions will be made for other short contemporary works to explore during the weekend.)   In addition to the extensive coaching, participants will enjoy great food & drink, an intimate concert by Del Sol, and two intriguing, pragmatic workshops.  (Workshops have included topics on: ensemble, rhythm, intonation, the physical aspects of playing , contemporary repertoire and more.)

No audition required. Application due November 27.

Dates & Times: Saturday January 27 (9AM-7:30PM) & Sunday January 28 (9AM-4PM)

Cost: Tuition is $300/weekend including food.  Limited scholarships available.

Ensembles: This workshop focuses on the string quartet and is available to 6 ensembles.  These can include quartet “plus” (e.g. quintet, sextet).  We are limited to one group including piano, so please contact Chamberfest specifically (kathryn@delsolquartet.com). Mixed string/wind ensembles accepted on a limited basis.

Preformed groups are encouraged to apply.  Applications will be accepted from individual players and incomplete groups (2-3 people looking for additional players), but we cannot guarantee assignment to a group.

We will be joined this year by extraordinary cellist and composer Theresa Wong, who will explore her compositional aesthetics of intersecting composed music with improvisation and outside genres.  At the house concert, Del Sol will share her new work for quartet written in honor of their 25th anniversary. New in 2018 – Participants will break up the long hours of playing with a neck and shoulders stretching class led by yoga instructor Mary Anne Shinta.

Feb
9
Fri
2018
No. Six Depot Concert (West Stockbridge, MA)
Feb 9 all-day
Feb
10
Sat
2018
Getting to Know Your Living Composer (Concord, MA)
Feb 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
A student’s introduction to contemporary music through the string quartet.
The award-winning internationally-recognized Del Sol String Quartet will explore the often mysterious or misunderstood world of music written by today’s composers, by sharing the musical (and real life!) stories of a few of their favorite composers.
All ages welcome! Suggested door donation $5-20/family.
A fun fact: cellist Kathryn Bates is a Concord, MA native!
Seating limited to 100.
**This event is held in conjunction with the Quartet’s “Music from the Library” performance Saturday 2/10 @ 8PM at the Concord Main Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
Concord Free Public Library Music Series (Concord, MA)
Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Music by Samuel Barber, Gabriela Lena Frank, Stefano Scodanibbio, Ben Johnston and Lou Harrison.

Feb
11
Sun
2018
Jean C. Wilson Music Series (Newburyport, MA)
Feb 11 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Music by Lou Harrison, Gabriela Lena Frank, Frederic Rzewski, Stefano Scodanibbio and Samuel Barber.

Apr
19
Thu
2018
Miller Theatre: Composer Portraits Frederic Rzewski (New York, NY)
Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A cornerstone of Miller’s programming, these evening-length musical profiles explore the work of a single composer in depth, offering contemporary composers and performers a space to explore, experiment, and make significant contributions to the field.

Dedicated to the adventurous artists and audiences at the forefront of new music, Composer Portraits champion the work of today’s most inspiring composers, and this season is no exception.

For more than a decade, Miller’s flagship series has exposed audiences to the boundary-breaking music of today. This season, we offer an in-depth look at six composers—hailing from Brazil, China, France, Ireland, Massachusetts, and Brooklyn—in these evening-length immersions, including the chance to hear directly from the composers during onstage discussions.

Though American composer Frederic Rzewski is best known for his powerfully moving scores responding to social and political uprisings around the world, one of his earliest pieces was of a more familiar variety—a string quartet, composed when he was just 17 years old. Now approaching 80, Rzewski is still composing. For his second appearance on the Composer Portraits series, Miller highlights this very early work, followed by the world premiere of Rzewski’s latest string quartet, co-commissioned for the occasion.

Repertoire

  • New Work for string quartet  (2018) world premiere, Miller Theatre and Del Sol Performing Arts co-commission
  • String Quartet  (1955)
Apr
28
Sat
2018
Santa Cruz Festival of New Music (Santa Cruz, CA)
Apr 28 all-day
May
2
Wed
2018
Boonville High School Quartet Composition Residency & Concert (Booneville, CA)
May 2 all-day
May
11
Fri
2018
DJ Spooky “Arctic Rhythms” (San Francisco)
May 11 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Collaborative performance with DJ Spooky and choreographer Stacey Printz.

May
12
Sat
2018
DJ Spooky “Arctic Rhythms” (San Francisco)
May 12 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Collaborative performance with DJ Spooky and choreographer Stacey Printz.

May
22
Tue
2018
Sympho: “Framed” (Brooklyn, NY)
May 22 all-day

New Compositions with Film

With Living Earth Show

Jun
4
Mon
2018
Soundings Five Festival (San Francisco)
Jun 4 all-day
Jun
5
Tue
2018
Soundings Five Festival (San Francisco)
Jun 5 all-day

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