The Ed Perzel Chamber Music Series Presents
Sunday, February 18
2:30 pm Ashe Arts Center
$18.50 adults, $7.50 students
(includes sales tax and fees)
Bergamot Quartet is fueled by a passion for exploring and advocating for the music of living composers, continually expanding the limits of the string quartet’s rich tradition in western classical music. With a priority given to music by women, they aim to place this new, genre-bending music in meaningful dialogue with the histories that precede it with creative programming, community-oriented audience building, and frequent commissioning.
Bergamot values partnership and collaboration as a vital element of their creative work. Included in their 2023-24 season is the premiere of an evening-length work at Lincoln Center by percussionist Samuel Torres for Bergamot and Latin jazz sextet, collaborating with The Crossing Choir for a premiere of David T. Little’s SIN-EATER, premiering a new work by Robert Honstein for BalletCollective, an evening exploring Hildegard von Bingen with the New York Choral Society, and a collaboration with composer/percussionist Susie Ibarra and her Talking Gong trio. Highlights of their 2022-23 season were a partnership with NYU’s dance department, an appearance on the Ecstatic Music Series at Merkin Hall with Circuit des Yeux, a performance at Roulette with composer and Hardanger fiddler Dan Trueman for the SONiC Festival, and being on faculty for the Creative Music Institute at Arts Letters and Numbers in July. Bergamot operates the concert series “Bergamot Quartet Extended” as a medium to showcase their many inspiring collaborators.
In addition, Bergamot is particularly excited about helping young people discover their potential as music creators. Recent engagements include residencies at The Peabody Institute, Princeton University, Towson University, Peabody Institute’s Junior Bach program, and MATA Jr.
Bergamot Quartet is Ledah Finck and Sarah Thomas, violins; Amy Tan, viola; and Irène Han, cello. Founded at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore in 2016, Bergamot Quartet is based in New York City and was the Graduate String Quartet in Residence at the Mannes School of Music for 2020-2022.