The Silverwood Quartet will introduce its unique blend of Irish and Celtic melodies to the Hattiesburg area in the Sept. 15 debut concert kicking off the new Connoisseurs Chamber Music Series sponsored by The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music.
The free performance is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Hattiesburg Cultural Center and is the first of several planned concerts across the city this year.
“Each performance in the new series offers a unique and rich experience that represents a semi-departure from the concert ‘norm’ that we are accustomed to doing or have come to expect,” said Dr. Kimberley Davis, associate professor of voice at Southern Miss.
The four-piece ensembles’ unique twist on chamber music fuses Irish and Celtic melodies. Their unique arrangements represent a melting pot of diverse styles and multiple instruments that have captivated audiences across the United States and Japan.
“I don’t want to give it all away, but I will say that The Silverwood Quartet is not your everyday quartet,” said Davis.
Quartet members Andra Bohnet (flute and Celtic Harp), Tom Morley (violin), Jonathan Clark (viola) and Barbara Gabriel (cello) are classically trained symphony musicians.
A typical performance by this multi-dimensional ensemble features an array of instrumentation, such as whistles, recorders, mandolin, guitar, Coral sitar, Irish bouzouki, Celtic Harp and a variety of flutes and percussion instruments.
Other ensembles in the Connoisseurs Chamber Series include Adrienne Danrich in ‘This Little Light of Mine: The Stories of Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price,’ the Cavani String Quartet, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, the Dorian Woodwind Quintet, pianist Ann Schein, and the Meridian Arts Ensemble.
“This series was created to add to the already rich line-up of guest stars and large ensembles,” said Dr. Michael Miles, director of the School of Music. “We planned a very diverse series of chamber music and programmed it to be as accessible to as many people as possible.”
For more information on The Silverwood Quartet and other performances in the Connoisseurs Chamber Music Series, visit http://www.usm.edu/arts.
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