Epoque Quartet Concert

May 6, 2018 , 5:00 - 7:30 pm

A unique musical experience of fusion between classical string quartet sound and jazz, rock and funk. The Prague string quartet Epoque Quartet was founded at the beginning of the year 1999. Four excellent soloists and chamber musicians with abundant stage experiences brang not only their unanimity in musical opinions and the relationship in their artistic nature together, but even their extraordinary interest in musical genres, which do not belong under the title „classical music“ – jazz, rock and funk. As compositions of the classical quartet literature stay an integral part of the programmes of this ensemble, the sensitive approach to unconventional arrangements brings him new possibilities in using the string instruments and at the same time it enables them to widen the repertoire, which on our and on stages abroad is unique.

Performers:

David Pokorný (1985) – violin

Vladimír Klánský (1977) – violin

Vladimír Kroupa (1973) – viola

Vít Petrášek – (1978) – violoncello

Program:

F.X. Richter - Adagio and Fugue g minor

Antonín Dvořák - Finale from String quartet F major , "American"

Jan Kučera - The Birth

Jan Kučera - Sundial

Django Reinhardt - Minor swing

Mateusz Smoczynski - Manhattan Island

Vladimir Cosma - Le Grand Blond avec une chaussure noire

Astor Piazzolla - Libertango

Pat Metheny - Jaco

The members of the quartet are laureates of several international competitions (for two times the first place in the competition of Liezen in Austria, the first price in the international competition Ludwig van Beethoven for string quartets, the price Jeunesse Musicale) and the ensemble took part in some other competitions (for example the competition Paolo Borciani), too. Abroad the quartet gave among others concerts in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, England, Israel, Japan,Brazil, China, Canada, USA, Greece, in the Netherlands, Poland, Bosnia and so on. Regularly the Epoque Quartet performs in the subscription cycles of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Czech Broadcasting, the Czech Nonet, plays for the association for chamber music, cooperates with the Czech television and the Czech Broadcasting and is guest on prestigious music festivals for example the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Concentus Moraviae, the Music Festival of Česky Krumlov, Chamber music Cycle of the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Metamorphoses (Switzerland), Music Festival Ludwig van Beethoven, Moravský podzim (Moravian autumn) an so on. Last year the Epoque Quartet has its debut on famous Prague Spring International Music Festival.

Free and open to the public. Seat are limited, on first-come, first-served basis. Register your seat online at eventbrite.com.

Organized by: Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York