Min-Jeong Koh, Sarah Nematallah, violins; Caitlin Boyle, viola; Rachel Desoer, cello
Taking their name from St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music, the Cecilia String Quartet is now in its second decade. Hailed for their “dauntingly perfect” performances (Berliner Zeitung), they won the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition, and subsequently appeared internationally and in Canada with Virtuosi Concerts. They have performed for homeless youth, veterans, prisoners, and for the elderly in care facilities. New initiatives include “Xenia Concerts”, welcoming children on the autism spectrum and their families, and “Celebrating Canadian Women in Music”, with newly commissioned works by a ‘quartet’ of talented female composers.
The Cecilias have “…an almost unimaginable level of articulation, communication, timbres, clarity of structure and… a deep musical rhetoric second to none.” (Bremen Kreiszeitung, Bremen, Germany)
PROGRAMME: Mendelssohn String Quartet in D major, Op. 44, No. 1; Katarina Curcin String Quartet No 3; Schubert String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810 “Death and the Maiden”