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Simon Mulligan at The Sembrich. Photo credit: YM Photography

Hyperion String Quartet Featured at The Sembrich

Hyperion String Quartet Featured at The Sembrich

—Music by Haydn, Janáček and Grieg—


BOLTON LANDING, NY —  The  Sembrich’s VIOLIN DAYS series continues with a performance by one of the region’s premier chamber ensembles, the Hyperion String Quartet, on Saturday, August 20th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $40.

“The program that we’ve prepared explores the dramatic and melodic potential of the violin,” states Jonathan Brin, cellist and co-founder of the Hyperion with his wife Amanda, who plays first violin.  Other members of the quartet include Jamecyn Morey, violin and Will Hakim, viola.

The featured work of the evening is Leos Janáček’s intense, emotional String Quartet No. 1, “The Kreutzer Sonata,” inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s novella of the same name; a story that is centered around a performance of a violin sonata by Beethoven. 

 Tolstoy’s story is told by an inconsolable man who, in a fit of jealous rage, murders his apparently adulterous wife only to be consumed by regret and disillusionment. His wife’s supposed lover is a violinist and she, a pianist.

 “I was imagining a poor woman, tormented and run down, just like the one the Russian writer Tolstoy describes in his Kreutzer Sonata,” confided Janáček, on his inspiration for the quartet, in one of his letters to his young friend Kamila Stösslová. 

 Also included on the program is Edvard Grieg’s colorful, rustic String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 27, a work that, according to composer Grieg, “strives towards breadth, soaring flight and above all resonance for the instruments for which it is written.”

“If the Janáček quartet is driven by the sheer drama of the Tolstoy scenario,”  says Brin, “the Grieg work is characterized by the lyricism and melodic beauty of the material.”

The program opens with a performance of Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 20, No. 1 in E-flat Major, a work described by Brin as “a model of classical quartet writing.”

Founded in 1999 at the Eastman School of Music, the Hyperion String Quartet has been praised by The Strad magazine for its “uncommonly high level of homogeneity and confidence.” The ensemble has won first prizes at the Coleman, Music Teachers National Association and Green Lake chamber music competitions and was awarded the bronze medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Members of the Quartet serve on the faculty at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York and as the Quartet-in-Residence with the Empire State Youth Orchestra Chamber Music Program.


“We are very much looking forward to another great experience at The Sembrich,” says Brin.  “The natural beauty of the lakeside setting combined with the rich musical heritage of the studio make this one of our favorite venues in which to perform.”

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