Sun December 1, 2013
Serafin String Quartet on Crossover
This week on Crossover, our guests are the musicians who make up the Serafin String Quartet. Renown worldwide for their excellent music making and lively and infectous performance, the quartet is in residence at the University of Delaware's College of Arts and Sciences.
The July 2013 Naxos release of Serafin String Quartet's features world premier recordings of early chamber works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon. Higdon comments, "I am inspired by this amazing CD. What performances—just stunning! The pieces sound even better than they did in my head! Bravo to Serafin!" The quartet's debut recording (Centaur Records 2010), considered an "American Tapestry," includes works by American composers and composers influenced by American sounds, including Barber, Dvorák, Gershwin and William Grant Still. Through its role as quartet-in-residence for the University of Delaware, the Serafins regularly reach young musicians through a variety of performances and instructional activities on campus and beyond. The quartet frequently visits communities, colleges and universities around the United States to present concerts, master classes and lecture-recitals.
Serafin String Quartet takes its name from master violin maker, Sanctus Serafin, who in 1728 crafted the violin currently played by Kate Ransom. The other members play Testore instruments from the same era, thanks to generous support from Dr. William Stegeman.
On the program, we'll hear excerpts from the aforementioned Naxos CD of Jennifer Higdon's early chamber works, plus music of Dmitri Shostakovich and William Grant Still.
The Serafin String Quartet on Crossover with Jill Pasternak, Saturday morning at 11:30 am on WRTI-FM, with an encore the following Friday evening at 7 pm on HD-2 and the All-Classical web stream at wrti.org.