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ULYSSES STRING QUARTET, February 12, 2023
It was an afternoon filled with energy, expertise and excellence. Having won multiple awards since they formed in 2015, the Ulysses String Quartet perfected their art during the lockdown of the pandemic by practicing four to six hours a day!
The varied repertoire was selected as a “sampling platter” to keep things fresh and interesting. They played works by Tower and Shostakovich, followed by a collection of Danish folk songs. The second half of the concert was devoted to a major late work by Beethoven.
In remarks before the finale, it was revealed that the Beethoven String Quartet, Number 15 in A minor, was the first piece the Ulysses Quartet learned when the group was formed! As a reviewer of an earlier performance wrote, “the 15-minute slow movement was a transcendent experience, with a climax of almost unbearable poignancy”.
A standing ovation seemed barely sufficient to express our appreciation for this exciting performance.
Professional pianist, accompanist and piano teacher
Staff pianist at Colgate University
Serves on boards of CMSU, the Leschetizky Piano Organization, NYC
and the Monday Evening Music Club of Norwich NY