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The Avalon String Quartet

The Art of the String Quartet — The Avalon

Feb 11, 2024

The notable Avalon String Quartet returns with another Berkshire premiere, “For Such a Time as This,” a retelling of the biblical Esther story for string quartet and vocalist, from a feminist perspective. Composer Stacy Garrop’s (recent commissions from the Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Louisiana symphony orchestras) intent is to remind us “we each possess agency to make changes happen in our lives, to act upon injustices, and leave the world a better place.” Mendelssohn’s Quartet No. 2 pulsates with young love before landing in fairyland with a shimmering scherzo right out of Midsummer Night’s Dream. Puccini’s verismo-style “Chrysanthemums,” a seldom-performed gem, begins the concert.

Julia Bentley, narrator/mezzo-soprano, Avalon String Quartet: Blaise Magniere, violin; Marie Wang, violin; Anthony Devroye, viola; Cheng-Hou Lee, cello.

“The Avalon—drop-dead gorgeous playing” – Classics Today

Afterglow Reception in Saint James Place’s Great Hall following the concert in the Sanctuary Space. You are invited to meet the artists and enjoy bites and beverages by Authentic Eats by Oleg. Join us!

Tickets are $52 for this performance.


Virtual ticket holders will be emailed one week after the performance with the link to watch.

Pro-Rated Subscription for the remainder of 2024: $185 Regular; $160 Senior.



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February 11
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Great Barrington, MA 01230 United States
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