On November 23rd at the Discovery Center in Frisco, TX, Astraios presented works showcasing the development of the string quartet. Two of our core musicians, Eric and Claudia Jones, were joined by violinist Filip Fenrych and cellist Marie-Thaïs Levesque Oliver for music that ranged from Haydn to Piazzola.
The musicians and host Christopher Curtis led the audience through activities that discussed musical styles, how musicians cue one another without talking, and how composers write their names into their works. Two lucky audience members even had their own names written into a Shostakovich waltz!
We have created an informal video that showcases some of our audience activities, which you can watch here. We are considering creating an Astraios YouTube channel–please let us know if you’d enjoy watching more videos like this one.
Astraios now takes a break over the holidays and returns to the Frisco Discovery Center on February 8. See you all again soon!…Read More...
Astraios musicians have had a busy few weeks! On Oct. 5, the Agassiz Duo kicked off our second Texas concert series. Jeremy Reynolds and Emily McKay presented their program on music and color, performing works by musical impressionists Bozza and Jolivet. We didn’t have as big a crowd as we’d hoped (it’s fall in Texas–it’s marching band season!) but they were a fantastic way to start off our second season here in Frisco.
We barely had time to think before we turned around and got on the road. The Cirrus Quartet headed to Colorado and were finally able to perform our “Stories and Songs” program–last year, we cancelled this program due to the raging wildfires. The favorite highlight of this program was Michael Jones’s arrangement of Schubert’s Die Erlkonig. Michael arranged this work, originally for voice and piano, so that the five characters in the story (narrator, father, son, Erlkonig…and horse) were split among the quartet. We performed a dramatic reading of the poem in character, with the audience filling in the role of horse. If you missed this concert, Click here for a recording of the arrangement. (Recorded at Colorado Public Radio’s Performance Studio, Martin Skavish, engineer.)
Our final concert of the month was on Oct. 14th at Antelope Park Church of the Brethren. Astraios was thrilled to be…Read More...