Welcome to Open Rehearsal, the Vega Quartet's newsletter.
Thank you for subscribing through our website! Fall 2016 marks an exciting time for us - not only are we entering our eleventh season as Quartet-in-Residence at Emory, but this position was recently endowed in perpetuity. This is due to the generosity of our community, and we are indebted to everyone who helped us ensure that Emory always has a Quartet-in-Residence!
Since the school year started, we have been busy with both our duties at Emory as well as the beginning of the new concert season. In the last two months we have rehearsed and performed quartets of Shostakovich, Beethoven, Stravinsky, Haydn, and even some tango music from Astor Piazzolla! One of our favorite things is to discover new venues, and last month we performed at the Sautee Nacoochee Center for the first time. The SNC is a community center which seeks to preserve the heritage of the surrounding Northern Georgia area, and we were thrilled to perform for such a vibrant and enthusiastic audience. We were especially excited because, as the first professional string quartet to make Georgia their base, we felt like we were connecting with our hometown crowd! To learn more about the SNC (we highly recommend the Pottery Museum!) please click here.
Here at Emory, aside from our usual instrumental teaching and chamber music coachings, we also preparing to visit several academic classes. We will connect the art of string quartet with topics as diverse as Jane Austen, Medical Anthropology and Cell Biology. Through bringing live performance into the classroom, our goal is to create interdisciplinary connections and conversations, inspire curiosity about our field and engage with the broader Emory community.
We hoped you enjoyed this peek into what we have been up to this Fall, and look forward to sharing more with you as the year continues!
Elizabeth, Jessica, Yinzi and Guang