The Daily Star
---- — STAMFORD — Continuing its 26th season, Friends of Music will present the Bryant Park Quartet in performance at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Cyr Center on West Main Street in Stamford.
The group features Anna Elashvili and Ben Russell, violins; Nathan Schram, viola; and Tomoko Fujita, cello. It was through
Elashvili, an alumna of the 2011 Silver Jubilee Chamber Ensemble, that Friends of Music was introduced to the group, according to a media release.
Based in New York City and formed in 2006, the Bryant Park Quartet is described in the release as “an accomplished and acclaimed string quartet.” Through its series “The rEvolving Ear,” the group has created programs that explore some of the connections between established and contemporary music, programs that inspire new ways to listen to and appreciate historical works that have inspired works by contemporary composers.
The BPQ was a 2010 prizewinner in the Hugo Kauder International Music Competition and two of its artists, Elashvili and Schram, were each fellows of The Academy at Carnegie Hall, a joint effort of the Juilliard School, the Weill Music Institute and Carnegie Hall to nurture young musicians at the highest level.
Elashvili became Schram’s Academy mentor, and he joined the BPQ in 2011 when previous violist Adam Meyer became a dean at the Juilliard School. Schram was featured on National Public Radio reports about The Academy three times during his first year with the program and again when his two-year term was completed.
The quartet is also dedicated to extensive community outreach through performance, lecture/demonstrations and a creative approach to music education. It seeks to increase “awareness of the value of chamber music” through its commitment to education programs at many levels, such as public schools, private universities, business locations, private homes and public performing arts centers.
To learn more about the Bryant Park Quartet, visit bryantparkquartet.com. To read more about the artists and to view the full program for the upcoming concert, as well as information about future concerts, visit the Friends of Music website at www.friendsmusic.org.
Parking is available at the Cyr Center, which is also handicapped-accessible. Suggested donation is $12 per person, and $6 for seniors and students. There is no charge for those younger than 13.