The second half of the season for the Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem featured the Spanish string quartet – Cuarteto Quiroga. Back in Foy Concert Hall on the campus of Moravian College the audience was treated to a program of string quartet classics:
Haydn String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 20, No. 1
This has been the third year of attending this annual concert. While it was enjoyable, it didn’t meet my expectation developed after attending the first two. It may have been due to the fact that there were two members out ill – Philip Smith on trumpet and Philip Myers on horn. While suitable substitutes were present, the group seemed under-rehearsed.
Once again, Lee Musiker and his trio (inclduing Jay Leonhart on bass and Rick Cutler on drums/percussion) provided festive back-up for the quintet. Musiker also provided many of the arrangements along with another individual that Joe Alessi announced from the stage. I can’t remember his name.
The Modigliani Quartet presented an amazingly nuanced performance for the Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem. This was the finest string quartet I’ve heard in their series. Such musical line and ensemble. Their ability to sustain sound at the end of a phrase while diminishing the volume of that sound demonstrated incredible control and ensemble. Hope they come back soon!