WESQ

The West End String Quartet came together in the fall of 2005 because of their shared passion for chamber music. Since that time the quartet has been entertaining audiences across New England with an exciting and varied repertoire of chamber music.

Upcoming Concerts

Beethoven's 250th Birthday Bash

Friday, February 21st, 2020, 7:30pm

Wesleyan University, Crowell Concert Hall
45 Wyllys Avenue
Middletown, CT 06459

$28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18

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Pre-concert talk at 7pm by Associate Professor of Music and Medieval Studies Jane Alden.

“[Beethoven’s] combination of beauty and unpredictability, extreme emotional depth and intellectual rigour, across so many genres, is unsurpassed and probably always will be.”
—BBC Music

Listen local! The Wesleyan Music Department community celebrates the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) with an inspired, diverse mix of traditional and experimental tributes. The program will include the Quintet in E-Flat for Piano and Winds, Op. 16; Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69; and Grosse Fugue for string quartet, Op. 133; selections by Tyagaraja; as well as pieces written as homages by graduate student composers: Aliya Ultan's "Ode" and Stuart Wheeler's "Harp."

Featuring Private Lessons Teachers Libby Van Cleve on oboe, Charlie Suriyakham on clarinet, Robert Hoyle on French horn, Gary Bennett on bassoon, Julie Ribchinsky on cello, and Carolyn Halsted and Yvonne Troxler on piano; the West End String QuartetSarah Washburn and Marianne Vogel on violin, Wesleyan Chamber Music Ensemble Director John Biatowas on viola, and Anne Berry on cello; and Wesleyan South Indian music faculty—vocalist and Adjunct Associate Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam.

The Complete Chamber Works of Neely Bruce: Part I

Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 3:00pm

Wesleyan University, Crowell Concert Hall
45 Wyllys Avenue
Middletown, CT 06459

FREE!

Following the completion of a seventeen-concert cycle of his complete piano music at Wesleyan in March 2019, John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce embarks on a new recital series featuring his chamber works, starting with four of his quartets performed by the West End String QuartetSarah Washburn and Marianne Vogel on violin, Wesleyan Chamber Music Ensemble Director John Biatowas on viola, and Anne Berry on cello. This concert will feature the world premieres of “A String Quartet for Ralph Matson” and “A Quartet of Fugues,” based on the names of the members of the West End String Quartet; plus “A String Quartet for Alvin,” written for the retirement of John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Emeritus Alvin Lucier in 2011, and “A Partita for Roy Lisker.”