March 14, 2018
Writer: Don Sparhawk
The Jasper String Quartet from Philadelphia will perform Thursday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg.
Winners of the prestigious Chamber Music America (CMA) Cleveland Quartet Award, the Jasper Quartet is the Professional Quartet in Residence at Temple University's Center for Gifted Young Musicians and the 2017-18 Guest Artist in Residence at Swarthmore College.
The quartet will perform Beethoven Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2; Shostakovich Quartet No. 8; and Mendelssohn Quartet in E minor, Op. 44, No. 2.
While at BYU-Idaho, they will conduct a four-day residency with university string students.
In 2008, the Jaspers swept through the competition circuit, winning the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the Grand Prize at the Coleman Competition, First Prize at Chamber Music Yellow Springs, and the Silver Medal at the 2008 and 2009 Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions. They were also the first ensemble honored with Yale School of Music’s Horatio Parker Memorial Prize, an award established in 1945 and selected by the faculty for “best fulfilling… lofty musical ideals.”
The quartet has brought well over 200 outreach programs into schools and enjoys educational work of all types. In their residency at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, they embarked on “guerrilla chamber music,” performing concerts in unusual settings around Alberta. Currently, the quartet works closely with Philadelphia’s Astral Artists to bring outreach activities to schools.
Tickets for the Center Stage concert are $12 for the general public and $6 for BYU-Idaho students. Tickets can be purchased at the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office, by calling 496-3170 or online at www.byui.edu/tickets.