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Telegraph Quartet premieres Robert Sirota's Wave Upon Wave at Carnegie Hall, Feb 6

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 7:30pm, the Telegraph Quartet, winners of the 2016 Naumburg Competition, will perform the world premiere of composer Robert Sirota’s third string quartet, Wave Upon Wave, at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (57th Street and Seventh Avenue), presented by The Walter W. Naumburg Foundation. Sirota’s new work was commissioned by The Walter W. Naumburg Foundation for the competition winners. The concert will also include Kirchner’s String Quartet No. 1 and Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 7.

Wave Upon Wave is the third string quartet in a trilogy spanning fifteen years, which Sirota began in 2002 with Triptych, an extended meditation on 9/11. Sirota’s second string quartet, American Pilgrimage, celebrates the rich diversity of the American landscape and the American spirit, and was completed in spring 2016.

Sirota says, “Each of the string quartets in my trilogy is in essence a long journal entry reflecting a response to our times. Now, given the uncertainty of this moment in our history, rife with threats of tyranny, environmental catastrophe, and the human potential for evil, I find myself turning inward to examine the topography of the human heart: our vast potential for creative energy, idealism and altruism. Wave Upon Wave is about our fears, our hopes, and our prayers that we will triumph over the forces of darkness which threaten to overwhelm us.”

Tickets $20 at

Watch Telegraph Quartet perform Schubert's Death and the Maiden Presto:


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