Newport Music Festival presents the Ariel Quartet at Newport Art Museum
September 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm$50
The Newport Music Festival’s 50th anniversary season continues straight into fall with a special performance by the Ariel Quartet at the Newport Art Museum.
Distinguished by its virtuosic playing and impassioned interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has earned its glowing international reputation. Formed in Israel nearly twenty years ago when its
members were middle-school students, the Quartet was recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award. The Ariel serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where they direct the rigorous chamber music program and perform their own annual series of concerts in addition to their busy touringschedule.
The Ariel Quartet has collaborated with the pianist Orion Weiss; violist Roger Tapping; cellist Paul Katz; and the American, Pacifica, and Jerusalem String Quartets. The Quartet has toured with the
cellist Alisa Weilerstein and has performed frequently with the legendary pianist Menahem Pressler. Additionally, the Ariel was quartet-in-residence for the Steans Music Institute at the
Ravinia Festival, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, and for the Perlman Music Program, and was the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-In-Residence at the Caramoor Festival.
Formerly the resident ensemble in the New England Conservatory’s Professional String QuartetTraining Program, the Ariel has won a number of prestigious international prizes including the
Cleveland Quartet Award, the Competition “Franz Schubert and Modern Music” in Graz, the Grand Prize at the 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and the overall Third Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition as well as the Székely Prize for their performance of Bartók. After that performance, the American Record Guide described the Ariel Quartet as “a
consummate ensemble gifted with utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power.”
Tickets are $50 and include concert, art museum admission, and complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres reception.