April 23rd 2017
New Orford String Quartet with Adrian Fung
NEW ORFORD STRING QUARTET
“Consummate musicianship and a commitment to entertaining without fuss.” – American Record Guide
“…Nothing short of electrifying…These four string virtuosos animate every note with uncommon power and passion as well as elegance. Listen and weep.” – Toronto Star
New Orford String Quartet powerhouse members are violinists Jonathan Crow and Andrew Wan, respectively concertmasters of the Toronto and Montreal Symphony Orchestras; Eric Nowlin, principal viola of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; and Brian Manker, the MSO’s principal cello.
Jacques Hétu: Scherzo, for String Quartet, Op. 54
Johannes Brahms: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2
Franz Schubert: String Quintet in C Major, D. 956, Op. Posth. 163
Debuting in 2009 at Quebec’s Orford Arts Centre, the Quartet carries on the illustrious tradition of its celebrated namesake, the Orford String Quartet, which disbanded in 1991 after 26 years of more than 2,000 concerts on six continents. Like the original ensemble, the NOSQ has seen astonishing success, giving annual concerts at the Orford Arts Centre for national CBC broadcast and receiving unanimous critical acclaim, including two Opus Awards for Concert of the Year.
Given the players’ busy orchestral commitments, it meets for residencies in various centres for short periods of time, providing a fresh perspective on interpretations of standard string quartet repertoire. It also continues the OSQ tradition of including works by 20th century Canadian composers on its programs.
In 2011 the New Orford String Quartet released its debut album of the final quartets of Schubert and Beethoven on Bridge Records to international acclaim. Hailed as one of the top CDs of 2011 by La Presse and CBC In Concert and nominated for a JUNO Award in 2012, critics have described the recording as a “performance of true greatness and compelling intensity… stunning!”
They will be joined by cellist Adrian Fung of the Afiara Quartet to perform the exquisite and sublime String Quintet in C Major by Franz Schubert.
This performance marks the NOSQ’s third Mooredale Concerts appearance, since its debut on the series October 2012.