Our Next Concert: Marian Anderson String Quartet

Our Next Concert: Marian Anderson String Quartet

April 30, 2023
Faye Spanos Concert Hall, University of the Pacific
2:30 pm

Members of the MASQ pose with instruments
Marian Anderson String Quartet

FOCM is pleased to conclude the season with the first appearance by the renowned Marian Anderson String Quartet.  Formed in 1989 as the Chaminade Quartet, the group won the 1991 International Cleveland Quartet Competition, becoming the first African American ensemble in history to win a classical music competition. To highlight this singular achievement the members of the quartet asked permission of the great contralto, Marian Anderson, to use her name as their own. The Marian Anderson String Quartet’s artistic endeavors have brought them to New York’s Alice Tully Hall, the Corcoran Gallery, the Library of Congress, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Kilbourn Hall, The University of Southern California and the Chateau Cantanac-Brown in Bordeaux, France. From 2006-2015 the quartet founded and ran the Marian Anderson String Quartet Community Music School and the summer Community Music Institute in Bryan, TX. The Quartet’s distinguished history includes performances through the Da Camera Society, the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 1993, the Marian Anderson String Quartet performed at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center as part of the 52nd presidential inaugural celebration. 

Scheduled Program

On Being Enslaved

Rhiannon Giddens, “At the Purcheser’s Option”
Jonathan McNair, “Follow the Drinking Gourd”
Samuel Adler, “Crucifixion/In Memoriam: Marian Anderson”
David Wallace, “In Honor of Marian Anderson”
Antonin Dvorak, String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, “American”
John Rosamond Johnson, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”

Program handout (Note: the quartet will announce program notes from the stage during the concert)

Learn More

The Marian Anderson String Quartet playing “Lento” from String Quartet No.12 in F, (American) by Antonin Dvorak at the 9/11 Interfaith Service of Remembrance and Peace on September 7th, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church in Bryan, TX.

Learn more about the group 

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