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Music festival to feature rising chamber stars

By Staff | Mar 2, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Rolston String Quartet

The Sanibel Music Festival will present the Rolston String Quartet on March 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, at 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

The group is named among CBC radio’s 30 Hot Canadian Musicians Under 30.

“This rising chamber music group was founded in 2013 by cellist Jonathan Lo, a Vancouver Academy of Music alumnus,” festival President Jana Stone said. “And although they are young, the quartet is lauded by critics for ‘impeccably blended sound’ and ‘astonishing harmonic maturity.'”

The quartet’s honors include the Cleveland Quartet Award from the Chamber Music America, winning the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition and taking Grand Prize at the 31st Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. The group tours globally and has served as quartet-in-residence at both the Yale School of Music and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.

“The Rolston String Quartet is quickly making a name for themselves and we are delighted to showcase their talent for the Sanibel audience,” Sue Pick, festival music committee chair, said. “Their debut album, ‘Souvenirs,’ was released last November to critical acclaim and was just awarded Recording of the Month for March 2020 by BBC Music Magazine.”

“We crafted the performance on March 7 to showcase the quartet’s beguiling sound,” she added. “They will present Haydn String Quartet in G minor, Op. 74, #3, Mendelssohn String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13, and Schubert String Quartet in D minor, D. 810.”

General admission tickets are $50; students are free.

For more information or tickets, visit www.sanibelmusicfestival.org or call 239-344-7025. They are also from the Bank of the Islands, at 1699 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel; checks and cash only.