Miro Quartet to conclude Ke-Nekt season

Miro QuartetThe Miro Quartet will wrap up SUNY Oswego’s Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in Waterman Theatre.

Comprised of violinists Daniel Ching and Sandy Yamamoto, John Largess on viola and Joshua Gindele on cello, the quartet formed at Oberlin College in fall 1995. They have since won international and national string and chamber music awards, and earned acclaim for such recordings as 2005’s “Beethoven: String Quartets, Op 18.”

“The ensemble was flawless, the technique impeccable,” the Seattle Post-Intelligencer wrote of an October 2005 performance. “This was one of those rare performances played with the kind of insight that opens up each piece to an almost awed feeling of understanding the composer’s intent.”

The San Francisco Chronicle noted that the quartet performs “with remarkable cohesiveness—the group’s joint efforts outstrip any individual contributions—and together produce an ensemble tone that is smooth and alluring.”

It is that dynamic musical collaboration, while recasting masterworks from the likes of Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn and others, that members say they enjoy most.

“This group has allowed me the opportunity to be artistically creative, as much as if I was a soloist on my own, but with the support of other great artists with their own ideas,” Largess noted. The group “prides itself on every one of us getting a turn in the driver’s seat.”

The quartet’s tours have taken them to locations from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City to stops in London, Vienna, Amsterdam, Athens and Tokyo. The group’s music has graced National Public Radio’s “Performance Today,” NBC’s “Today” show, ABC’s “World News Tonight,” PBS-TV’s “American Masters” and radio networks across Europe, Israel and Canada.

Wherever they play, the Miro Quartet stresses the opportunity to connect with audiences and provide exciting, accessible chamber music.

“We try to play every composer with a different voice and style,” Yamamoto said. “I feel like we can offer a fun, varied and dynamic concert where the audience feels like they have taken a musical journey with us.”

Members of the group will perform selections and answer audience questions at an admission-free informance during the April 11 College Hour at 12:40 p.m. in Room 41 of Tyler Hall.

Tickets to the evening performance of the Miro Quartet cost $15 ($10 for seniors and students, $5 for SUNY Oswego students). For information or reservations, contact Tyler box office at 312-2141 or tickets@oswego.edu.

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(Posted: Mar 14, 2007)