On October 20, Randolph College will host the internationally renowned Jasper String Quartet in a guest artist/faculty recital, with Randolph music professor Emily Yap Chua at the piano. The performance is free and open to the public and will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Hall Theatre, inside Smith Memorial Building.
Winner of the prestigious CMA Cleveland Quartet Award, the Jasper String Quartet is the professional quartet in residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians and the 2017-18 guest artist in residence at Swarthmore College. The ensemble has been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” by The Strad and “powerful” by The New York Times.
The Quartet launched its inaugural season of Jasper Chamber Concerts in 2016-17, a series in Philadelphia devoted to world class performances of masterworks from around the world and Philadelphia. It continues with the second season in 2017-18. This spring, the group released its latest album, “Unbound,” on Sono Luminus and New Amsterdam, featuring the first recordings of quartets by Donnacha Dennehy, Annie Gosfield, Judd Greenstein, Ted Hearne, David Lang, Missy Mazzoli, and Caroline Shaw.
For the concert at Randolph, the group will play works by Mozart and Prokofiev and will be joined by Chua for a performance of the Schumann Piano Quintet.
“We’re very pleased to have the Jasper Quartet on this season’s guest artist series at Randolph College,” Chua said. “Community engagement is central to the quartet’s philosophy, and we have recently expanded the reach of our guest artist series in this vein. To that end, the quartet will be holding a session for all Lynchburg City Schools string students on Thursday, October 19 at R.S. Payne Elementary. They’ll also have an informal performance at Lynchburg Daily Bread during lunch on Friday, October 20.”
This event is presented in partnership with Forte Chamber Music.