When this female quartet won the 1991 International Cleveland Quartet Competition, they made history, becoming the first African American ensemble ever to win a classical music competition. To highlight this singular achievement the members of the quartet asked permission of the great contralto, Marian Anderson, to use her name as their own. Miss Anderson responded with heartfelt approval; and for two decades the ensemble has strived to honor the name with musicmaking that embraces both classical music and works by African-American composers, traditional folk music, and spirituals. Their “big sound and bold theatricality” (Los Angeles Times) enhance a program of works by William Grant Still, Robert Pound, Coleridge Taylor Perkinson, and Antonín Dvorák.
Don't miss a free pre-concert lecture, Breaking Classical Boundaries, at 6:30PM in the Mansion. Learn more about the superb Marian Anderson String Quartet, known for its flawless musicianship as well as its commitment to preserving and performing the repertoire of African- American composers, and hear about the music and composers featured on their program. Free with concert ticket.
This performance is part of our Storied Strings series. For more concerts in this series and to learn more about the violin in America, visit strathmore.org/storiedstrings.
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