April 13, 2015
On Wednesday, April 22, the Hampden-Sydney Music Series will host The Martinu String Quartet.
The Martinu Quartet, originally the Havlák Quartet, was formed in 1976 by students of the Prague Conservatoire, inspired by and modeled on such string quartets as the Vlach and the Smetana.
Intensive practice and study of the quartet repertoire resulted in seven prizes at important international competitions for the group. They have been recognized at the ARD Munich, Evian (France); Yehudi Menuhin (Portsmouth, Britain); and the Prague Spring competitions.
The original Havlák Quartet changed its name in 1985 as a token of its commitment to promote the work of one of the great masters of Czech music, Bohuslav Martinu. Their efforts were rewarded by a MIDEM prize in Cannes, in 2004, for the best CD of the year in the chamber music/solo category. The quartet has also received a MW Classical Music Web's "CD of the Month's" award for its recording of works by Sylvie Bodorová (Terezín Ghetto Requiem) and Ronald Stevenson
Although they focus mainly on the music of the world's great composers, the Quartet takes pleasure in seeking out neglected works and in giving first performances of pieces by contemporary composers. Along with a busy concert schedule, the Martinu Quartet plays on the Czech Radio, as it has done on the BBC, Radio France, ARD and ORF. Their performance at H-SC will feature the music of Dvořák, Shostacovich, and Erwin Schulhoff.
The concert, free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 PM in Crawley Forum. This series is part of Hampden-Sydney's continuing commitment to the intellectual and cultural enrichment of the Southside community.