US quartet heads to town

Ripon International Festival stars the Escher String Quartet from New York.
Ripon International Festival stars the Escher String Quartet from New York.

A world famous American string quartet will be performing in Morpeth next week as part of a programme of concerts.

The Escher Quartet, based in New York City, will be the latest musicians to perform as part of Morpeth Music Society’s season of concerts.

Made up of Adam Barnett-Hart, violin, Aaron Boyd, violin, Pierre Lapointe, viola, and Brook Speltz, cello, they will be showcasing their musical talents at Morpeth Methodist Church on Thursday, March 9, at 7.30pm.

The quartet has been championed by the Emerson Quartet and invited by both Zuckerman and Perlman to be Quartet in Residence at each artist’s summer festival.

The Escher Quartet was founded in 2005 in New York City, where its original members were studying at the Manhattan School of Music.

The group tours the United States, as well as internationally, and has performed in Europe, Australia, and China.

Among the venues it has performed are the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Wigmore Hall in London.

They are currently Artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre.

The quartet takes its name from the artist MC Escher, inspired by his ability to make individual components work together as a whole.

The Escher has chosen Debussy’s only string quartet to start the programme, followed by the haunting Shostakovich ninth quartet.

The programme concludes with Tchaikovsky’s first string quartet, which is reputed to have moved Tolstoy to tears.

It is free for those aged 18 or under. Adult tickets are priced at £14.

Tickets are available from Morpeth Tourist Information Centre in The Chantry, or from Music Society Secretary Mrs A Cunningham on 01670 513369, or on the night at the door.