Telegraph and St. Lawrence String Quartets premiere New Octet - Ever Yours - by Osvaldo Golijov
**POSTPONED - February 6, 8, and 10 Performances**
Telegraph Quartet and Soprano Abigail Fischer Give World Premiere of Robert Sirota’s Contrapassos with Libretto by Stevan Cavalier Presented by the Sierra Chamber Society
Encore performances presented by Noontime Concerts (February 8) and San Francisco Conservatory of Music (February 10) have also been postponed
Telegraph Quartet to Premiere New Octet - Ever Yours - by Osvaldo Golijov with the St. Lawrence String Quartet on February 10 at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Tickets (In Person and Livestream) and Information: https://bit.ly/TQ-SLSQ-Golijov
The Sierra Chamber Society has announced that it will postpone the world premiere of composer Robert Sirota’s Contrapassos for Soprano and String Quartet with libretto by Stevan Cavalier, to be performed by the San Francisco-based Telegraph Quartet with soprano Abigail Fischer at Grace Presbyterian Church. Originally scheduled for Sunday, February 6, 2022 at 3pm, the performance has been rescheduled for June 18, 2022 at 3pm. Tickets for the original concert date will be valid for the new date. Please check www.sierrachamber.com for the latest rescheduling updates. The additional performances of Contrapassos scheduled to take place on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 12:30pm presented by Noontime Concerts and Thursday, February 10, 2022 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) are also postponed and new performance dates are yet to be determined.
In the interim, the performance originally scheduled for Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 7:30pm at SFCM will still take place, with different repertoire and guest performers. The Telegraph Quartet will join forces with the St. Lawrence String Quartet to give the world premiere of a new octet, Ever Yours by Osvaldo Golijov. Ever Yours is a co-commission by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam, and the Clarice Smith Center at the University of Maryland at Columbia. Separately, the Telegraph Quartet will perform Eleanor Alberga’s String Quartet No. 2 and Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major. The St. Lawrence String Quartet will perform Haydn’s String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 2, “Quinten.” More information about this performance is available at https://bit.ly/TQ-SLSQ-Golijov.
The Telegraph Quartet will be presented by Noontime Concerts on a virtual program, available to watch on a later date to be announced at www.noontimeconcerts.org. The quartet will perform Florence Price’s Five Folksongs in Counterpoint and Beethoven’s String Quartet, Op. 132.
About the Telegraph Quartet: The Telegraph Quartet (Eric Chin and Joseph Maile, violins; Pei-Ling Lin, viola; Jeremiah Shaw, cello) formed in 2013 with an equal passion for the standard chamber music repertoire and contemporary, non-standard works alike. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “…an incredibly valuable addition to the cultural landscape” and “powerfully adept… with a combination of brilliance and subtlety,” the Telegraph Quartet was awarded the prestigious 2016 Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award and the Grand Prize at the 2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet has performed in concert halls, music festivals, and academic institutions across the United States and abroad, including New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Chamber Masters Series, and at festivals including the Chautauqua Institute, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and the Emilia Romagna Festival. The Quartet is currently on the chamber music faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as the Quartet-in-Residence.
Notable collaborations include projects with pianists Leon Fleisher and Simone Dinnerstein; cellists Norman Fischer and Bonnie Hampton; violinist Ian Swensen; composer-vocalist Theo Bleckmann; and the Henschel Quartett. A fervent champion of 20th- and 21st-century repertoire, the Telegraph Quartet has premiered works by John Harbison, Robert Sirota, and Richard Festinger.
In 2018 the Quartet released its debut album, Into the Light, featuring works by Anton Webern, Benjamin Britten, and Leon Kirchner on the Centaur label. The San Francisco Chronicle praised the album, saying, "Just five years after forming, the Bay Area’s Telegraph Quartet has established itself as an ensemble of serious depth and versatility, and the group’s terrific debut recording only serves to reinforce that judgment." AllMusic acclaimed, “An impressive beginning for an adventurous group, this 2018 release puts the Telegraph Quartet on the map.
Beyond the concert stage, the Telegraph Quartet seeks to spread its music through education and audience engagement. The Quartet has given master classes at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Collegiate and Pre-College Divisions, through the Morrison Artist Series at San Francisco State University, and abroad at the Taipei National University of the Arts, National Taiwan Normal University, and in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Telegraph has also served as artists-in-residence at the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Camp, SoCal Chamber Music Workshop, and Crowden Music Center Chamber Music Workshop. In November 2020, the Telegraph Quartet launched ChamberFEAST!, a chamber music workshop in Taiwan.
The Telegraph Quartet adapted to the challenging times presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and performed virtual concerts presented by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Crowden Chamber Music Workshop, Noe Music, Noontime Concerts, Music in Corrales, and Intermusic SF. For Earth Day 2020 (the 50th anniversary of Earth Day), the National Academy of Science in collaboration with the ClimateMusic Project hosted a virtual performance by the Telegraph Quartet of Richard Festinger’s Icarus in Flight. In 2020, Telegraph launched an ongoing online video project called TeleLab, in which the ensemble collectively breaks down the components of a movement from various works for quartet. For more information, visit www.telegraphquartet.com.