Release: Award-winning quartet opens ClaverackLanding 2012-13 Season

PHOTO CAPTION – ClaverackLanding’s first presentation of the 2012-2013 season will feature the Amphion String Quartet.  This virtuoso ensemble was selected to join the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two program beginning with the 2013 season.  The concert takes place on Saturday, October 13th at the First Presbyterian Church, Hudson.  For further information and tickets, go to claveracklanding.org

Award- winning Amphion String Quartet Scheduled to Appear in Hudson

HUDSON – ClaverackLanding, the well-regarded chamber music organization headquartered in Hudson, is about to debut its new season.    On Saturday, October 13th, beginning at 7 pm, the First Presbyterian Church will be filled with the sounds of The Amphion String Quartet, one of classical music’s skyrocketing new talents.

The four Yale School of Music players have been together for only three years.  But, in that time, their exquisite presentations have gained them plenty of recognition and a loyal following.  The result? They were declared the winner of the 2011 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, the group has been chosen as Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts for this year, and they will be joining the roster of the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two program beginning with the 2013 season.  Not bad for a group that isn’t even four years old yet.

Such positive buzz doesn’t happen by accident.  This group lives and breathes chamber music.  Violinist Katie Hyun, for example, went to see the Colorado Symphony when she was six-years-old and never looked back.  “I was thrilled,” she says.  “Even though my parents didn’t play instruments, the turntable was always spinning with classical music.  Once I saw the music I had heard at home being created live on stage, I knew I wanted to perform.”

David Southorn’s school music teacher told him it was about time to start thinking about conservatories when he was a fledgling violinist in the fifth grade. Wei-Yang “Andy” Lin studied both viola and the traditional Chinese two-stringed ehru as a young boy in Taiwan, and, Mihai Marica, a Romanian native, asked for a cello when he was three.  (His Father made him wait until he’d reached the age of 7 before granting his wish.)

Such dedication will make for great music at the quartet’s Hudson presentation.  And ClaverackLanding’s founder, Gwen Gould, has made sure to showcase their talents.  “She asked for a program with lots of contrast,” says Hyun, “something for everyone.  So we’ve put together pieces reflecting several different styles.”

The program includes not only the Italian Serenade of Wolf, Mendelssohn’s Opus 44 #1, and Quartet No. 2, ‘Intimate Letters’ by Janacek, but George Gershwin’s Lullaby as well. “We decided to add that last week,” says Southorn.  “We were asked to play it for Symphony Space and we loved how it sounded.  Besides, it’s a big contrast with the intensity of Janacek.” He goes on to describe the latter as “a challenge to play” in “crazy keys.”

Altogether, this is a world-class group challenging itself and presenting the Hudson audience with widely diverse chamber music – the best way to grab an audience’s attention.

ClaverackLanding has lined up a season that is aimed at showcasing some of the newest as well as some of the most established stars in the chamber music firmament.  Bard’s Concordium will appear on November 17th.  The annual Messiah Sing, a staple of the Chatham Christmas season in the past, is moving to Hudson on December 22nd.  Simone Dinnerstein and Tiff Merrit will perform in March, followed by a second presentation in association with Bard, “Einstein’s Mozart: Two Geniuses.” And, in May, Arnold Steinhardt and Lincoln Mayorga will present highlights from a long and varied classical career.

The non-profit is offering discounted tickets for the entire season until October 11th -  5 events including post-concert receptions.  Or, tickets for each event can be purchased separately.  The website is claveracklanding.org.  Call 518.828.7513 or E-mail: info@claveracklanding.org.