string quartets

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You could travel the world and spend thousands of dollars and lots of time in airport lobbies to hear the world’s top chamber ensembles perform. Or you could stay right here in Columbus and go to the concerts on the Chamber Music Columbus series.

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Think you know what a string quartet sounds like? Quartet Davis might have you thinking again.

Founded at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Quartet Davis blends a classical string quartet sound with influences from jazz, bluegrass, R&B and folk music to create a truly unique musical experience. This creative, young quartet joined me last week in the Classical 101 studios for an intimate interview and performance.


ProMusica Chamber Orchestra offers an unusual instrument combination this weekend at the Worthington United Methodist Church. It's not often you hear a quintet made up of a bassoon and strings, but it works to great effect in this tasty program.

The string quartet—violinists Heather Kufchak and Will Manley, violist Brett Allen and cellist Cora Kuyvenhoven—will be on Classical 101 at 9 a.m. Friday to chat with me about the Saturday performance and to play highlights from two of the works on the program.

the four members of the Doric String Quartet with a red background

They’ve taken the world by storm. This weekend, they’re coming to Columbus. Be here when it happens.

The London-based Doric String Quartet is recognized as one of the finest quartets in the world. Join me at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 4 at the Southern Theatre for a live, face-to-face interview with the members of the Doric String Quartet, right before the group’s 8 p.m. concert for the Chamber Music Columbus series.

color photograph of the members of the Calidore String Quartet standing in a row wearing jeans and black shirts
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Friday morning, a Columbus-born musician comes home to perform with his internationally acclaimed string quartet, and a great Columbus musical collaboration begins its second act - and all of it's live on Classical 101.

image of a portrait of Mozart in which he wears a bright red coat

Mozart's first son, Raimund Leopold Mozart, wasn't born alone. Instead, you might say he was one of a set of triplets.

Violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt (right) and cellist Camden Shaw of the Dover Quartet playing their instruments.
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Earlier today, the award-winning Dover Quartet - hailed by The New Yorker as "the young American string quartet of the moment" - joined me for a live performance and interview on Classical 101. 

In case you missed it, here's some of what the Dovers had to say and play this morning - including a special musical treat exclusively for Classical 101 listeners.

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The New Yorker has called the Dover Quartet "the young American string quartet of the moment." You'll have a chance to hear why when the Dover Quartet joins me live on Classical 101 Friday at  11 a.m.

The quartet will talk about their work as one of the most-watched new quartets on the international scene today. They'll also perform a preview of their upcoming concert on the chamber Music Columbus series.

color photogaph of quartet Sensa Misura performing at Alice Tully Hall
Quartet Senza Misura

"It's a really strange mind-melding experience to do it," says cellist Jay Campbell of performing contemporary composer Georg Friedrich Haas' String Quartet No. 3, "In iij. Noct."

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VIVO Music Festival

Santa Fe has one. So do New York City, Charleston, Marlboro and now – Columbus.

Summer chamber music festivals have taken root and thrived in some of America's most notable cities, and this summer Columbus joins that list when the VIVO Music Festival launches in the Cap City later this month.