The Hartt School has announced two special events: A cello and chamber music master class with world-renowned cellist and pedagogue Lynn Harrell, and the debut of the Hartt String Quartet in a chamber music concert, with special guest Lynn Harrell. Music students from the Hartt School perform in the master class on Monday, March 18, at 7:30 PM, in Wilde Auditorium at the University of Hartford. The master class is open to the public for observation at no charge. The chamber music concert, with a program of Beethoven's Quartet Op. 18, No. 4 and Schubert's Cello Quintet, is Tuesday, March 19, at 7:30 PM, in Lincoln Theater at the University of Hartford. THERE IS NO ADMISSION CHARGE FOR THIS CONCERT. (Please disregard previous notices that included admission charges.) For more information, please call the University of Hartford Box Office at 860.768.4228, or visit www.hartford.edu/hartt.
Lynn Harrell is one of the most prominent artists in classical music today and enjoys an unparalleled career. Through the master class and concert, Mr. Harrell shares his vast experience as soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and teacher with students of The Hartt School and the entire community. The concert also provides an opportunity for patrons to see this illustrious cellist perform with the newly formEd Hartt String Quartet, composed of Hartt faculty members Anton Miller and Katherine Winterstein, violins; Rita Porfiris, viola; and Mihai Tetel, cello. The Hartt School's tradition of presenting world-class chamber music to the Greater-Hartford community continues with this Hartt String Quartet debut, and Harrell's guest artist appearance.
Individually, the Quartet's members have had extensive careers as chamber musicians, soloists, orchestral musicians, and teachers. Together, they bring more than 100 year of experience performing and teaching to the group. Anton Miller, Rita Porfiris, and Mihai Tetel first met when they all were students at The Juilliard School, and are pleased to be joined by violinist Katherine Winterstein, an active performer and dynamic musical presence in New England. The creation of the Hartt String Quartet draws on a strong history of quartet residencies at The Hartt School, which have included the Miami and Emerson String Quartets.
Both the master class and the chamber music concert are part of StringFest! 2013, which takes place at The Hartt School March 17 through 24, 2013. Selected violin, viola, cello, and bass applicants of all ages participate in an intensive series of string and chamber music master classes, orchestra readings, and concerts featuring the Hartt String Quartet; and special guest cellist Lynn Harrell. (Please note that, due to injury, Robert Black no longer is performing as part of StringFest! 2013, as listed in previous publicity.) The majority of events are free and open to the public. For more information on StringFest! 2013, including registration and concert details, visit www.tinyurl.com/HarttStringFest.