2016-2017 Season Roster
Time for Three
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Calvary Community Church
1200 Roosevelt Road
St. Cloud, MN
Time for Three is a group that defies any traditional genre classification, happily and infectiously. With an uncommon mix of virtuosity and showmanship, the American trio performs music from Bach to Brahms and beyond, giving world-premieres by Pulitzer Prize-winners William Bolcom and Jennifer Higdon as well as playing originals and their own arrangements of everything from bluegrass and folk tunes to ingenious mash-ups of hits by the Beatles, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, and more.
Sponsored by Charlotte Stephens
VERONA QUARTET   
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Atonement Lutheran Church
1144 29th Avenue North
St. Cloud, Minnesota
"The Verona Quartet were more convincing...more impassioned, more dynamic, and more engaging...Plenty of expression here, the players not afraid to go to dynamic extremes and always keeping the music supple." - Amati Magazine, UK
Recognized as “thoughtful, impressive musicians” (Cleveland Classical), the Verona Quartet is a winner of the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, following in a long line of successful CAG string quartets, such as the Alexander, Miami, Parker and Pacifica Quartets. It was the Pacifica Quartet who mentored the Verona foursome when they formed in 2013 at Indiana University, and in less than three years, the Verona Quartet has set themselves apart as one of the most compelling young quartets in chamber music: “sensational, powerhouse performance” (Classical Voice America).
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Sponsored by Julie Aronson Dehnel
 
PHANTASM
Saturday, January 28, 2017
St. Mary's Cathedral, Lower Church
25 South 8th Avenue
St. Cloud, Minnesota
"Rigorous intellect with sensitive musicianship." - BBC Music Magazine
"The playing is quite simply divine." - Gramophone Editor's Choice
"A most rewarding and deeply satisfying musical experience" - International Record Review
Phantasm, an award-winning consort of viols, was founded in 1994 by Laurence Dreyfus and has become recognized as the most exciting viol consort active on the world scene today. The ensemble catapulted into international prominence when its debut CD of works by Henry Purcell won a Gramophone Award for the Best Baroque Instrumental Recording of 1997. Since then, the consort has travelled the world over, performing in festivals and on concert series in cities such as Prague, Tokyo, Istanbul, Helsinki and Washington DC.
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Sponsored by Palmer
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FRY STREET QUARTET 
Saturday, March 18 - 7:30 PM
Black Box Theater
804 West St. Germain
St. Cloud, Minnesota
This remarkable quartet - hailed as "a triumph of ensemble playing" by the New York
Times - is a multi-faceted ensemble taking chamber music in new directions. Touring
music of the masters as well as exciting original works from visionary composers of our
time, the Fry Street Quartet has perfected a "blend of technical precision and scorching
spontaneity" (Strad). Since securing the Grand Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber
Music Competition, the quartet has reached audiences from Carnegie Hall to London,
and Sarajevo to Jerusalem, exploring the medium of the string quartet and its life-
affirming potential with "profound understanding...depth of expression, and stunning
technical astuteness" (Deseret Morning News).
Sponsored by Kalpin Dentistry
SYBARITE5 
Saturday, April 8 - 7:30 PM
Atonement Lutheran Church
1144 29th Avenue North
St. Cloud, Minnesota
“In a program of serial high points, there were too many mention...An intriguing and hugely enjoyable evening in every way - and a standout in the Washington Performing Arts Society’s fine winter season.” - The Washington Post
“Their rock star status…is well deserved. Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all out passionate attack transfixes the audience…” That is how The Sarasota Herald Tribune described SYBARITE5, the first string quintet ever selected as a winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in its 60 year history.
SYBARITE5 has taken audiences by storm all across the US, forever changing the perception of chamber music performance. From the moment their bows hit the strings, this quintet of talented, diverse musicians takes the audience on an exciting ride that engages the senses and redefines the rules.
Sponsored by:
Arnold A. Kahara, CPA
and Bank Vista
CARPE DIEM STRING QUARTET
Saturday, May 20 - 7:30 PM
Atonement Lutheran Church
1144 29th Avenue North
St. Cloud, Minnesota
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One of the most unique and sought-after chamber ensembles on the concert stage today, the Carpe Diem String Quartet is a boundary-breaking ensemble that has earned widespread critical and audience acclaim for its innovative programming and electrifying performances. Carpe Diem defies easy classification with programming that includes classical, Gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock, and jazz-inspired music.
Carpe Diem champions the music of living composers, and has commissioned, premiered, and performed works from a broad and stylistically diverse range of various composers including Frank Bennett, Lawrence Dillon, Danny Elfman, Korine Fujiwara, Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Jonathan Leshnoff, Gunther Schuller, and Bruce Wolosoff, among others.
Carpe Diem is committed to pushing the limits of the classical string quartet and to changing the concert experience of chamber music. Using innovative programming, thematic concerts, popular music for younger generations, cameras and video to assist in the visual presentation, as well as speaking from the stage to better engage the audience, Carpe Diem is bringing new audiences into the concert hall and revitalizing the chamber music experience.

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Sponsored by Dr. Gustavo Peña
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The Fry Street Quartet’s concert and residency are supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Crane Group.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov <http://www.arts.gov>.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
This organization is funded, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
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