As part of the school's Upper School and Boarding Family Weekend, St. Andrew's-Sewanee School welcomes the public to a free concert by The Vega String Quartet (www.vegaquartet.com) on Friday, September 28 at 8:00 p.m. in the school's beautiful McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts. The quartet will be performing the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, including the Allegro moderato from the Trio in Bb Major, Op. 97, "Archduke" and the String Quartet in Bb Major, Op. 130.
The Vega String Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at Emory University, is cultivating a new generation of chamber music lovers through dynamic performances and innovative community engagement. The New York Times raved that "[the Quartet's] playing had a kind of clean intoxication to it, pulling the listener along...the musicians took real risks in their music making" and the L.A. Times praised their "triumphant L.A. debut." They perform nationally and internationally, most recently in Baltimore, Chicago, Nashville, Sacramento, Berlin, San Miguel, and the Brahmssaal in Vienna's Musikverein. The Quartet's major performing projects at Emory have included the complete cycle of Beethoven quartets, as well as pairing Bach's complete works for solo violin, viola and cello with the six Bartók quartets. They have also developed a series of "Jazz Meets Classics" programs, bringing the two genres together. The Vega Quartet has won numerous international awards, including at the Bordeaux String Quartet Competition, as well as top prizes from the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, the Carmel Chamber Music Competition, and the National Society of Arts and Letters String Quartet Competition.
Dedicated in 2009, McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts was made possible through the generosity of Martha McCrory, longtime director of the Sewanee Summer Music Center at the University of the South, and the many donors who joined Ms. McCrory in wanting to provide St. Andrew's-Sewanee and the surrounding community with an outstanding space for musical performance. An arts venue for the region as well as an auditorium for the school, professional musicians and student artists share the same stage. The building also provides space for the school's music classes, rehearsals, private lessons, theatre, technical theatre, and filmmaking programs.
(Photo Credit: Nate Dorn)