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Jorgensen Center Makes Digital Debut with “Midsummer Music” Series

The Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts will debut on the Jorgensen Digital Stage this week in a series of three live-broadcast concerts called ‘Midsummer Music’, performed by the famous Dover Quartet.

The one-hour performances will take place on consecutive Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m.: July 14, July 21 and July 28. Each concert hosted will include a live question-and-answer session with the members of the quartet, which will perform live from Vail, Colo. Members of the public will be able to submit questions and comment online, and the quartet will respond in real time. Tickets can be purchased on the Jorgensen website.

“After the COVID-19 pandemic caused our last spring events to be canceled, I thought it was important that Jorgensen could do programming that would keep us relevant and at the forefront of our customers’ minds. , which we should, ”says Rodney Rock, executive director of Jorgensen. “We started to explore this. I got an email invitation to attend the premiere of a new service called OurConcerts.Live which piqued my curiosity because in theory that was exactly the sort of thing we maybe wanted to do.

Rock has collaborated on performances with OurConcerts.Live founder John Zion, who is Managing Director of MKI Artists, one of the leading classical music management agencies in the United States, whose roster of artists includes the Dover Quartet. The Quartet has performed in Jorgensen on several occasions since 2013, including a Beethoven cycle of six performances and events with students and patrons of Jorgensen.

“We have a wonderful relationship with UConn and with Rod,” says Camden Shaw, cellist with the Dover Quartet. “Of the 40 to 50 engagements we had initially for this summer, he was maybe one of two or three that were able to restructure quickly enough to make this happen. Of course, our desire is to be useful and to be a part of it. I really thank Rod and his team for making this possible.

The Dover Quartet has become one of the most requested ensembles in the world. The quartet’s rise from a promising young ensemble to a place at the top of their field is described as “practically dazzling” by Strings magazine. The ensemble is the quartet in residence of the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, Chamber Music Northwest, Artosphere, Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival and Peoples’ Symphony in New York, and was recently named the whole first quartet. -in residence for the Kennedy Center. The group was also the subject of a recent documentary film, called “attached chains”.

On Tuesday July 14, the Dover Quartet will perform Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K. 546, followed by Brahms String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67. The performance on July 21 will feature Samuel Barber’s String Quartet in B minor, op. Mozart’s 11 and String Quartet in C major, K. 465, “Dissonance”. Midsummer Music’s final live performance, July 28, will feature the Haydn String Quartet in D minor, Op. 76, n ° 2 “Quinten” and the String Quartet in F major by Ravel.

Shaw says that, like most performers, he and his band – violinists Bryan Lee and Joel Link with violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt – have all been home for several weeks and can’t wait to perform in front of an audience. in a new forum.

“This will be our first concert aired, but we’re really excited about it,” he says. “I’m very excited to share music in this way and I think it shows flexibility in a very positive direction for the classical music world. I hope that as this model improves and the viewer experience improves, they feel closer to the performers. It’s great to see performers, roll with the punches and maybe even discover new possibilities that without it we might never have been able to invent for ourselves. “

Shaw says he was meant to be a cellist in a string quartet. Coming from a family of professional musicians, he wanted to play the trumpet like his favorite uncle. However, his parents and sister already played violin and viola and wanted to perform as a family string quartet.

“At first it was actually quite stressful. For example, when I was very young I tried to play Beethoven, Opus 59. No. 1 after playing only a few years, and my family was much more developed than me, ”says Shaw, who then studied with Peter. Wiley at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he graduated in 2010.

Shaw continued to study with eminent musicians, eventually attending the International Musicians’ Seminar in Cornwall, UK to study with renowned British cellist Steven Isserlis. Despite his initial challenge with Beethoven’s work, Shaw now considers the composer his favorite.

“He pushed the envelope emotionally to new levels,” he says of the composer.

Shaw grew up listening to music from Simon & Garfunkel and Joni Mitchell, but says one of his favorite contemporary bands is Brooklyn, New York-based indie rock band Dirty Projectors.

“I think they’re absolutely awesome,” he says. “None of my friends like them; they’re very hard to listen to, but i’m still waiting to convince people that they are amazing. I think they are really phenomenal.

For live streaming and ticket information, visit Jorgensen website. The purchase of tickets includes a single link to view the performance (s) (viewing limited to one device at a time). The livestream will start 30 minutes before each concert.

The Lenard Chamber Music Series and Midsummer Music series are made possible by the generosity of Jean and John Lenard. Through the Lenard Endowment, UConn students, non-UConn students, and Connecticut youth (K-12) can attend all chamber music events for free, including summer music concerts. All students or young people who wish to see the concerts should send an email to [email protected] to request access to the livestream (s).