Sunday String Series: Hudson Valley String Quartet
68 Mountain Rest Road
New Paltz, NY 12561
The Hudson Valley String Quartet returns with a program of great romantic string quartets, beautiful music from all-around Europe and the United States — including Mozart, Grieg and Borodin on Aug. 16 to kick off the Sunday String Series. The series continues with Marka Young and James Bacon on Sept. 20, Amaranthus Emsemble on Oct. 18 and a show to be determined for November.
“Chamber music often gets pigeon-holed with the music of Mozart and Haydn,’’ Jeanne Fox, cellist of the quartet, said. “We love playing their music of course, but we also love what came after. Despite it’s name, the Romantic Era in music was not just about beauty and romance. Romanticism arose in opposition to the rarefied air of classical music and the aristocracy that supported it. The industrial revolution created a growing middle class who wanted to hear popular styles as well traditional native folk music reflected in concert music. Performing this music gives us a glimpse into what people were feeling during this pivotal time in our creative history.”
The Hudson Valley String Quartet consists of violinists Donna Kushner and Tara Goozee, violist Piotr Kargul and Fox.
Kushner has active violin and viola studios in Monroe and the Waldorf School in New Paltz. She also performs with the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Hudson Valley Opera Theater.
Goozee has been performing and teaching for the past 30 years. The orchestra teacher at Suffern Middle School in Rockland County also has performed with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and Grand Opera of New York. She has toured Korea, Japan and Hong Kong with the New York Symphony and the American Symphony orchestras.
Kargul – a member of the Amaranthus Ensemble, Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, Hudson Opera Theater and Hudson Pro Musica – worked in Europe with the International Youth Orchestra in France, Poznan Philharmonic in Poland and the Polish Philharmonic Sinfonica Baltica in Poland.
Fox, who holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School, has performed with The Foxes and the Hudson Opera Theater. The cello instructor also is a film music consultant.