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Breathing New Life into Forgotten Works with Clarion Quartet & Friends

November 20, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

We are honored to welcome back the Clarion Quartet for the next in a series of stunning concerts honoring silenced composers. Through a yearning to bring justice to creative voices whose works were once banned, the Clarion Quartet is dedicated to providing renewal, hope, and healing through its music and work. The forces of political oppression denied these compositions their rightful place in the chamber music repertoire, but now their reemergence serves as a clarion call, thus returning lost voices to their deserved stature. Featured Musicians:
Marta Krechkovsky: violin
Jennifer Orchard: violin
Tatjana Mead Chamis: viola
Bronwyn Banerdt: cello
David McCarroll: violin (Pittsburgh Symphony Concertmaster)
Michael DeBruyn: cello
Michael Lipman: cello
Charlie Powers: cello
About the Quartet:
The Clarion Quartet was formed in 2015 by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra members Marta Krechkovsky, Jennifer Orchard, Tatjana Mead Chamis, and Bronwyn Banerdt, who joined forces to share their passion for chamber music and their particular interest in Entartete Musik, works that were termed “degenerate” and banned by the Nazi regime. The centerpiece of the Clarion Quartet’s debut season was a unique performance in the former Theresienstadt (Terezín) concentration camp in the present-day Czech Republic. The quartet performed works by composers whose abuses during the Holocaust ranged from exile to execution, including Viktor Ullmann, who was interned in Theresienstadt and later killed in Auschwitz-Birkenau. The emotional experience of performing in this extraordinary setting became the inspiration for Breaking the Silence, the critically acclaimed debut album from the Clarion Quartet. With support from the Curtis Institute of Music’s Alumni Entrepreneur Grant, the Heinz Foundation Small Arts Initiative, and the Fine Foundation, the ensemble’s mission is to perform the works of forgotten composers alongside known masterpieces, giving voice to works of genius that would otherwise be silenced. 
About Your Visit: 
The in-house restaurant 40 North will be closed, but a cash wine bar will be available.


November 20, 2023
7:00 pm
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City of Asylum Pittsburgh 40 W. North Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15212
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