Thursday March 28, 2013

KEENE, N.H. -- The Apple Hill String Quartet will perform classical works by Mozart and Vaughan Williams and new music by Boston composer Christine Southworth on Wednesday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College.

This New Hampshire string quartet will premiere Southworth’s "The Music Room," commissioned for Apple Hill by the Redfern Arts Center, and will also play her work "Honey Flyers," based on the musicality inherent in bee activity.

Tickets are $20 for the general public; $15 for senior citizens, children, KSC alumni, faculty and staff; and $5 for KSC students. For tickets, call the Redfern Box Office at 603-358-2168 or order at www.keene.edu/racbp.

There are two outreach activities planned for April 3, which are free and open to the public. Apple Hill String Quartet will present a master class with an interactive component for string and wind players at 2 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall. The quartet will perform at the beginning of the class and will then talk about Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music based in Nelson, N.H. Apple Hill Director Lenny Matczynski and composer Southworth will offer a pre-show talk "Listen Up" at 6:45 p.m. in the Harry Davis Room off the Redfern lobby. The "Listen Up" talk will be a general introduction to the evening’s program.

The Apple Hill String Quartet is comprised of Elise Kuder and Sarah Kim, violins, Michael Kelley, viola and Rupert Thompson, cello. The quartet has earned accolades from around the world for its interpretive mastery of traditional classical repertoire along with seldom heard masterworks and contemporary music. They have performed throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia as part of Apple Hill’s innovative Playing for Peace program.

Education is an integral part of the quartet’s mission and they have conducted residencies in embassies, communities, schools and universities in the Monadnock region, nationally and throughout the world.

The quartet is committed to commissioning new works and will add Southworth’s "The Music Room," to the list of new works they have premiered by Turkish composer Ekrem Zeki Ün, Armenian composers Alan Hovhaness and A. Zohrabian, Syrian composer Kareem Roustom and American composers Daniel Sedgwick, Roger Sessions, John Harbison, Tom Oboe Lee, Larry Siegel and Charles Ives.

Southworth, a lecturer at MIT’s Music Program and co-founder and director of Ensemble Robot, a collaborative of artists and engineers that design and build musical robots, is making groundbreaking music based on the interaction between technology and creativity through her work with robots and automated music systems. Her 2005 and 2007 performances of "Zap!" filled the Boston Museum of Science’s Theater of Electricity. As a performer, Southworth plays with, as well as manages, the acclaimed Gamelan Galak Tika and has composed several pieces for the group and performed at venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, EMPAC, the Cleveland Museum of Art, several Bang on a Can Marathons, and the Bali International Arts Festival. She also plays Highland Bagpipes. Southworth’s compositions have been performed throughout the U.S., Europe and Indonesia. Southworth recently released her debut recording "Zap!" which features several members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars.

This performance is funded in part by a grant from the MetLife Creative Connections program of Meet the Composer, Inc. and the New England States Touring Program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the six New England state arts agencies.