Miguel Pérez-Espejo Cárdenas, violin
Hsin-Lin Tsai, violin
Michelle LaCourse, viola
Hye Min Choi, viola
Hyun Ji Kwon, cello
Brahms - String Quintet #2 in G major, Op. 111
Dvořák - Cypresses for string quartet, B.152
Viola Duets -
Frank Bridge: Lament
Free. $20 suggested donation.
This performance is free, thanks to the Boston Cultural Council, the Free for All Fund of The Boston Foundation, and our generous supporters.
“My own idea, however -- of which I have been fully conscious since I found myself as a composer – is the brotherhood of peoples, brotherhood in spite of wars and conflicts, I try -- to the best of my ability -- to serve this idea in my music…” (Bartók)
Convergence Ensemble, led by Artistic Director and pianist Rachel Goodwin, continues its 2018 season with All Corners: Free For All Concert In Upham's Corner. This concert will be held in St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, located in Dorchester’s Upham’s Corner.
Convergence Ensemble, dedicated to strengthening connections between artistic disciplines and disparate Boston neighborhoods, makes a bold statement in this program that features musicians from Korea, Taiwan, Spain and the United States playing the work of composers from Hungary, Germany-Austria, England, and Czechoslovakia.
Musicians performing October 21st for All Corners include Michelle LaCourse, a violist and chair of the string department at Boston University, Hsin-Lin Tsai and Miguel Pérez-Espejo Cárdenas (violin), Hye Min Choi (viola), who teaches at BU, and Hyun-Ji Kwon (cello), who also teaches at BU. These last four members each got their doctorates from the Boston University School of Music. All members of the group are affiliated with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and all hold various prominent positions in Boston’s rich wealth of musical institutions.
The concert will feature the Brahms String Quintet in G, composed near the end of his life, at the height of his powers. As a young man inspired by love, Antonín Dvořák set to song a collection of poems entitled Cypresses, which he later arranged for a string quartet. Rounding out the program are viola duets, the Lament by English violist Frank Bridge; and the Duos of Hungarian Béla Bartók. Bartók’s Duos are full of wild contrasts and have a close relationship to the folk music of Hungary, which he devoted his life to collecting.
Founded in 2015 by pianist Rachel Goodwin, Convergence Ensemble’s work has been recognized by grants from The Boston Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Boston Cultural Council, and the Avison Fund. Over her career as an Artistic Director, Goodwin has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and Massachusetts Cultural Council, has been a featured speaker for Chamber Music America, and has brought educational performances to schools and youth centers across Boston.