Wed 4/26 @ noon
Wed 4/26 @ 7:30PM
The New York-based Escher String Quartet is young as string quartets go (many have been around for decades). But since its formation at the Manhattan School of Music in 2005, the foursome of violinists Adam Barnett-Hart and Aaron Boyd, violist Pierre Lapointe and cellist Brook Speltz has been rocketing upwards in the classical music world.
Immediately after getting together, the ensemble was invited by two legendary veteran violinists — Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman — to be Quartet in Resident at each man’s respective summer music festival. In 2013, they received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, and they’re currently the Artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. They manage to find time in their schedule to play extensively at major venues in Europe.
On top of all that, they are the inaugural quartet-in-resident at Akron’s venerable Tuesday Musical Association, for whom they’ve played both main stage and FUZE concerts and become an audience favorite. That multi-year performance/education program starts this year with a main stage performance at E.J. Thomas Hall this evening. Tickets are $25-$55.
The Escher Quartet will also the launch of another new Tuesday Musical program, called Decompression Chamber, earlier in the day at the Akron Municipal Building atrium. It’s “aimed at easing stress on Akron workplace,” and will target chamber performances to workers at government offices, hospitals and social service agencies and other places where people are under a lot of stress ans want to forget for a little while who is President.
“Research shows that classical music can decrease stress, boost brain function, improve productivity, increase physical performance, and sharpen memory,” says Tuesday Musical executive and artistic director Jarrod Hartzler. “With Decompression Chamber, we want to share all of those benefits with people throughout Akron.”
To prove the case, the City of Akron’s Wellness Coordinator Matt Carson will make available blood pressure testing to before and after the concert. All downtown workers and anyone else who happens to be in downtown Akron are invited to stop in and listen.
[Photo by Sophie Zhai]