Diderot String Quartet will perform locally | Local News

The Diderot String Quartet will present an “old is new again” approach to 18th and 19th century works for modern audiences at the final concert of the Gettysburg Community Concert Association’s (GCCA) 78th concert season.

The concert is scheduled to take place at St. James Lutheran Church, 109 York St., Gettysburg, on Tuesday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m., according to a statement from the GCCA.

“On the program, works by Beethoven: String Quartet in F major. Op. 18/1 and String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 74 (“Harp”). Luigi Boccherini’s String Quartet in C major, Op 32/4, completes the program,” the statement read.

It literally takes courage to perform with the Diderot String Quartet, according to the statement. The quartet performs classical music using period instruments with gut strings with no synthetic materials, no chin rests, shorter bows, flatter bridges and upright to play.

Named after 18th-century French philosopher and Boccherini enthusiast Denis Diderot, the quartet first formed in 2012 after meeting at the Oberlin Conservatory and the Juilliard School, according to the statement.

“They found the pleasure of exploring the repertoire of the quartet on period instruments irresistible.

The historic performance brings the Baroque era to life, providing an equally special listening experience for the audience,” the statement read.

These young musicians give a new face to the historic interpretation of classical Baroque chamber playing, according to the press release.

“You could say that chamber gaming is in their DNA,” the statement said.

For example, violinist Adriane Post, considered one of the “brightest and best” by Early Music North America, formed her first quartet when she was 11 years old.

Johanna Novom, violinist, started playing at the age of 10 and is the first winner of the 2008 ABS International Young Artists Competition. Kyle Miller’s (viola) debut performance was “The Dog” in PDQ Bach’s Canine Cantata Wachet Auf with the Reading, Pa., Symphony.

Indiana-born cello Paul Dwyer moved to Munich at age eight, spending his time playing football and transcribing Metallica songs for a heavy metal cello quartet he formed with his best friends.

Recent engagements by the Diderot String Quartet include Early Music Vancouver, Lincoln, Neb., Friends of Chamber Music; Music before 1800, New York; Chamber music Corvallis, Ore.; Early Music Society of the Islands, Victoria, BC; Electric Earth Concerts, Peterborough, NH; Bitterroot Baroque, Hamilton, Montana; and St. Cecilia Music Series, Austin, Texas, according to the release.

“Diderot served for several years as quartet in residence at the National Cathedral in Washington, as visiting professor for the Baroque Performance Institute in Oberlin and was in residence at Aldeburgh Music in the UK.

They have performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Toledo Museum of Art and the Carmel Bach Festival,” the statement said.

General admission for this concert is $20 at the door or with membership card. GCCA welcomes and offers free entry to all children up to 18 years old and to students upon presentation of an ID.

“This is a rare opportunity for music teachers, parents and string players of all ages to hear a performance on period instruments with this very unique style of chamber playing,” the statement read.

The 2021-2022 GCCA Nonprofit Concert Season is supported in part by a grant from the PA Council for the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of PA and the NEA, a federal agency; the Adams County Arts Council STAR Grant Program, funded by the Adams County Commissioners and the Borough of Gettysburg; the Robert C. Hoffman Charitable Endowment Trust; Rice Family Foundation; and Adams Electric Cooperative Inc., according to the release.

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