The Quadra Cultural Committee is proud to present The New Orford String Quartet as the first in their 2013-2014 concert series on Monday, October 14, Thanksgiving Day at 2:30 PM at the Quadra Community Centre.
Almost 50 years ago, the Orford String Quartet set out on its path to becoming one of Canada's best known and most illustrious ensembles. After 26 years and more than 2000 concerts on six continents, the Orford String Quartet disbanded in 1991. This writer’s very first string quartet experience was with the Orford, enveloped in the modest wood-lined concert room in the old City Hall of Stratford Ontario, and I can still conjure up that feeling of breathless amazement upon hearing the rich, emotionally resonant sound that two violins, a viola, and a cello can make together. In 2009, the New Orford String Quartet arose from the fame and tradition of its glorious predecessor and gave its first concert to a sold-out audience at the Orford Arts Centre that year. Emerging from the rich waters of two of Canada’s major orchestras, The New Orford String Quartet is now this country’s premiere string quartet.
In the short time since its creation, the New Orford String Quartet has seen remarkable success, giving annual concerts at the Orford Arts Centre for national CBC broadcast and receiving unanimous critical acclaim, including two Opus Awards for Concert of the Year.
Hailed for their “ravishingly beautiful tone” as well as their “extraordinary technical skills and musicianship” the members of the New Orford String Quartet are all principal players in the Montreal and Toronto Symphony Orchestras. Violinists Jonathan Crow and Andrew Wan; violist, Eric Nowlin and cellist Brian Manker will be playing the early Beethoven Quartet in B-flat major, Opus 18 No.6; Canadian R. Murray Schafer’s String Quartet No. 1; and Brahms’ String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51 No.2.
The New Orford String Quartet debut CD of the final quartets of Schubert and Beethoven on Bridge Records received international acclaim; "one of the top CDs of 2011" (La Presse and CBC In Concert); JUNO Award nomination 2012, “a performance of true greatness and compelling intensity... stunning! (Audio Video Club of Atlanta); “flawless... a match made in heaven!” (Classical Music Sentinel); “a performance of rare intensity.” (Audiophile Audition); and “nothing short of electrifying... listen and weep.” (Toronto Star)
The Quadra concert is part of an extensive sixteen concert Western Canadian tour including performances in Edmonton, Calgary, White Rock and Victoria. Known as “…Canada's top string quartet…they've taken our chamber music scene by storm….”. (CBC 2013). So pop your turkey in the oven, put on your raincoats and head over to Quadra Island Community Centre on Thanksgiving Day and you’ll be thankful you did!
Tickets for The New Orford String Quartet concert are available at the Music Plant in Campbell River and on Quadra at Hummingbird Office and Art Supply in Quathiaski Cove and at Works of H’Art in Heriot Bay. Advance tickets are $17; $20 at the door. Students 16 and under will be admitted free with an adult. For more information, please call 250-285-2580 or visit www.neworford.com