SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016
CHESTER MEETING HOUSE
SPONSORED BY THE ROBERT J. SEMRAD FOUNDATION
About the Verona Quartet
Jonathan Ong, violin
Dorothy Ro, violin
Abigail Rojansky, viola
Warren Hagerty, cello
The Verona Quartet was formed at Indiana University in 2013. Hailing from the USA, Canada and Singapore, they were the first Indiana Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence, which afforded them the opportunity to be mentored by the Pacifica Quartet. Winning top prizes in numerous prestigious international string quartet competitions such as the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh, the London International and the Osaka International Chamber Music Competitions has led to their performances on four continents.
In addition to their Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall debut in 2016 under the auspices of the Juilliard School, they have performed at notable venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington and the Melbourne Recital Hall in Australia.
The Verona is currently the Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School, where they work closely with members of the Juilliard String Quartet and teach during Juilliard’s academic year. They have also served as visiting artists and teachers at leading international institutions for music education including the Beethoven-Haus (Bonn, Germany), New York University-Abu Dhabi and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Their strong passion for community engagement and education led them to establish a relationship with the city of Danville, Illinois, where from 2013 to 2015 they curated a concert series and gave outreach performances and master classes across elementary, middle and high schools, resulting in an increase in public school music class enrollment to almost double the average of the State of Illinois.
In less than three years, the Verona Quartet have established themselves as one of the most compelling young quartets in chamber music.
The evening’s program is:
String Quartet Op. 44 No 2 in E minor Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Allegro assai appassionato
Scherzo: Allegro di molto
Six Bagatelles for String Quartet, Op. 9 Anton Webern (1883-1945)
String Quartet Op. 59 No. 2 in E minor Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
This evening’s music is brought to us by Robert Semrad and the Semrad Law Firm of Chicago, IL and Atlanta GA.
At the conclusion of the program, members of the audience are invited to meet the artists at a reception with refreshments generously donated by River Tavern..