The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival closes out its 32nd season with its hallmark bravura performances by world-recognized artists.
On Friday, August 2, and Saturday, August 3, The Parker String Quartet will perform Mozart’s “String Quartet K. 428;” Schulhoff’s “Quartet No. 1;” and Beethoven’s “Quartet in E flat Major, Op 74 ‘Harp.’”
Hailed by The New York Times as “something extraordinary,” the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. The quartet began its professional touring career in 2002 and garnered international acclaim in 2005, winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition as well as the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in France. In 2009, Chamber Music America awarded the quartet the prestigious biennial Cleveland Quartet Award for the 2009-2011 seasons.
The Festival’s Artistic Director Will Ransom will join The Parker String Quartet on Sunday, August 4, and Monday, August 5, for performances of Beethoven’s “Quartet in Bb Major, Op. 18 No. 6;” Shostakovich’s “Quartet #11;” and Dvorak’s “Piano Quintet in A Major.”
The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festivals adds a bit of spice to the mix when it offers “Sibling Rivalry” on Friday, August 9, and Saturday, August 10. This exhilarating program will feature siblings David and Julie Coucheron on violin and piano respectively; and siblings Kate and William Ransom on violin and piano.
The dazzling musicianship of “Sibling Rivalry” sets the stage for the Final Gala Concert and Dinner Party Sunday, August 11, at 5:00 P.M. at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center. This performance features the talents of violinist David Coucheron, oboist Eugene Izotov, violist Yinzi Kong, and The Festival Chamber Orchestra: violinists Domenic Salerni, Helen Kim, Adda Kridler, Jessica Wu, Eun Sun Lee, Kate Ransom, Margeaux Maloney, and Chris Pulgram; violists Allan Sandlin, and Allyson Fleck; cellists Charae Krueger and Guang Wang; Brice Andrus and Susan Welty on horns; harpsichordist Timothy Albrecht; Oboist Dane Philipsen; and bassist Joe McFadden.
Dinner will follow at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club.
Throughout the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival season, concerts will be held at 6:00 P.M. Fridays at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands and repeated at 5:00 PM. Saturdays at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library in Cashiers. Sunday concerts will be staged at 5:00 P.M. at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands and repeated at 5:00 P.M. Mondays at the Cashiers Community Library.
For more information about the festival and its full lineup of performances and events, visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org or call (828) 526-9060.
By Luke Osteen