acclaimed Calidore String Quartet, noted for its fiery brilliance,
breadth of musicianship and palpable on-stage energy, will serve as 2017
visiting guest artist for the University of Delaware, putting on four
powerhouse performances this spring.
The first performance will be held 8 p.m. Friday, March 17, in Gore
Recital Hall in the Roselle Center for the Arts, where the quartet will
play works by Beethoven, Ligeti and Mozart, along with UD violist Sheila
They will also headline the University’s Mendelssohn Festival,
playing the complete works for string quartet by the celebrated German
composer, from April 24-26, and culminating on Wednesday, April 26, with
an 8 p.m. performance of the composer’s electrifying Octet for Strings
with UD’s own resident quartet, the Serafin String Quartet. (The
concerts from April 24-25 will be held at 5:30 p.m. Ticket prices and
additional information can be found online.)
“The collaboration with the Calidore String Quartet will further
enhance the chamber music experience for our string students in the
Department of Music,” said faculty member and Serafin cellist Lawrence
Stomberg. “In addition to the students’ ongoing work with Serafin String
Quartet, they will get to work with this wonderful ensemble in coaching
and master classes, gaining new and varied insights into chamber music
practice and performance.”
The collaboration is a perfect fit for Calidore, as well.
“Teaching along with performing is at the core of our goals as a
string quartet,” said the quartet’s Ryan Meehan. “We have been afforded
the opportunity to study with some of the greatest and most generous
musical minds in the world, and we feel it is our duty to pass this
information on to the next generation of musicians. We are ecstatic to
begin our work with the students at University of Delaware!”
Current UD Board of Trustees member and former faculty member Don
Puglisi and his wife, Marichu Valencia, funded the group’s residency
activities at UD.
“They bring such vitality to the stage, it’s almost magical to witness,” said Valencia.
As visiting guest artists, the quartet will also perform formal
concerts in the 2017 fall semester, in addition to engaging with
students and community members throughout the year to help raise the
profile of the University’s relatively young string program.
“The quality of UD’s music program is very good, and we see the
musical arts as an area where the University can achieve excellence,”
With that goal in mind, the couple’s gift also provides a
multi-dimensional approach that buttresses formal performances with
interactive classes and exchanges with students, such as individual
coaching for chamber ensembles, advice on rehearsal techniques, guest
lectures and more.
UD sees the gift as an ideal enhancement of the arts experiences that
are so crucial for students’ academic development. Through such
visiting artists, students gain exposure to stellar performers, and also
get the chance to make that exposure more immediate through creative
learning opportunities with the quartet. And, as Puglisi adds,
mentorship is especially important in the musical arts, where the
musicians under which one has studied often serve as a measure for
Meehan adds that through coachings, master classes and open
rehearsals, students gain insight into navigating the intricacies and
inherent challenges of rehearsing and performing with one another, a
vital aspect of their musical development.
The Calidore Quartet’s members, in particular, were mentored by the
famed Emerson String Quartet, which has amassed an unparalleled list of
achievements over four decades, from nine Grammy Awards (including two
for Best Classical Album), to more than 30 acclaimed recordings.
In a fitting follow-up to the Calidore’s performance, the Emerson
Quartet will perform on April 30 at the Roselle Center for the Arts, as
part of the University’s Master Players Concert Series. (Click here for more information).
“This is a very exciting time for music at the University of
Delaware,” department chair Russell Murray said. “With such
well-considered support and high caliber visiting artists, we can
continue and accelerate the growth of our outstanding music program.”