February 17, 2022 | 7 PM EST
The Super Quartet
What happens when you combine the best movements of four different string quartets? You get a Super Quartet! Join BFO musicians for an in-depth exploration of some of the best string quartet movements in the repertoire, carefully selected to create the ultimate string quartet listening experience.
BFO Artistic Director Alyssa Wang takes you through a classical music journey designed to inspire new listeners, classical music veterans, and everyone in between! In the Harvard Musical Association's intimate space, you can interact with BFO musicians up close, ask questions, converse with your fellow audience members, and have a wholly unique and personal experience.
We hope you will join us for this FREE event!
Dvorak, String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, "American"
Ravel, String Quartet in F Major
Still, Lyric Quartet
Prokofiev, String Quartet No. 2 in F Major
MEET THE MUSICIANS
Aron Zelkowicz enjoys a broad career as a cellist, performer, teacher and administrator. He serves as the Founder and Director of the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival, which presents rare and diverse works from Jewish musical traditions. Under his guidance, the Festival has featured renowned ensembles and guest artists from the orchestral, chamber, early music, rock, and world music genres in innovative and thematic programs, for which he oversees every aspect of fundraising, marketing, production, and artistic direction. Critics noted his “impressive” directorial debut of an original, fully staged production of the chamber opera “The Dybbuk: Between Two Worlds” by Ofer Ben-Amots, and dubbed the Festival “one of the highest quality concert series in town” (Pittsburgh Tribune- Review) and a local “best-kept secret” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). In its fourteen seasons, the Festival has programmed over 150 pieces of classical chamber and orchestral music inspired by Jewish traditions, including several world premieres and commissions, and a series of acclaimed albums on the Toccata Classics label.
As a cellist, Aron Zelkowicz has performed at the Tanglewood, Banff, Aspen, Sarasota, Chautauqua, Colorado, Cactus Pear and Sunflower music festivals, with members of the Emerson and Cleveland Quartets, as Principal Cello of the Miami Symphony Orchestra, with the Toronto Symphony and National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada, and on international tours with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He is currently a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra, ProArte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Cello of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra.
Equally at home on modern and period instruments, violist/violinist Anna Griffis has performed in Mexico, Turkey, Austria, Taiwan, and throughout North America. She is a member of the New Bedford Symphony (principal) and the Albany Symphony and performs with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Emmanuel Music, Blue Heron, Les Bostonades, Boston Early Music Festival, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Boston Lyric Opera. She co-founded Chicago-based Trio Speranza, prize winners at the Early Music America baroque competition, and performs with and is executive director of the Boston-based new music group Ludovico Ensemble. Anna studied at Lawrence University, The Hartt School of Music, Tanglewood Music Center, and Boston University. She is on faculty at the Dana Hall School of Music, The New School of Music, and Tufts University, and is an affiliate artist at MIT. Anna oversees public relations for the Tufts Music Department and is a freelance graphic designer specializing in programs and publications. Originally from Annapolis, MD, Anna now lives in the great neighborhood of Lower Allston with her bassoonist husband and their cat, Pig. She gets excited about road trips, diners, thrift stores, and gardens.
American violinist, Jae Cosmos Lee, who’s performances have been acclaimed as “Delicate and beautiful” (Syracuse Post-Standard) and “Bursting with color” (Boston Globe), is Concertmaster of the Cape Symphony (Cape Cod, MA), and co-founder of A Far Cry, the Grammy nominated, resident chamber orchestra of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. He is also Curator & Director of the Nth Degree Chamber Music Series based in Falmouth, MA, first violinist of the Boston based Pedroia String Quartet and the Associate Concertmaster of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. Jae has been a guest artist with the Audubon, Borromeo and Jupiter String Quartets, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, ECCO, Boston Musica Viva, Sound Impact, the Firebird and Radius Ensembles, and has performed in concert halls throughout Europe, the United States, Canada and Asia. He is a recipient of numerous awards and honors, and has performed in many of the finest music festivals including Apple Hill, Aspen, Chautauqua, Norfolk, Sarasota, Vail, Banff, Seoul, Scotia, New South, Skaneateles, Salzburg, Ottawa, Prussia Cove and Kneisel Hall. Jae has worked closely with the members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, Takács and Tokyo String Quartets and holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the New England Conservatory. His performances have been heard widely on American Public Media’s Performance Today, Boston’s WGBH and New York’s WQXR, along with public radio stations across Georgia, Maine & Vermont.
Alyssa Wang is a passionate and versatile violinist, conductor, and composer. She is the Co-Founder, Artistic Director, and Principal Conductor of the Boston Festival Orchestra, founded in 2019, as well as the Assistant Conductor of the Boston Ballet. Alyssa is also the violinist of Hub New Music, a Boston-based mixed-quartet that performs 21st century music. Recently, she was commissioned by the Palo Alto Philharmonic to compose a duet for violin and cello which premiered in 2021, and now looks forward to the premiere of her Violin Concerto in 2022. In 2016, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Carnegie Mellon University under the tutelage of Andrés Cárdenes. She was the winner of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music Concerto Competition and the Silbermann Chamber Music Competition, and is the recipient of the Pittsburgh Female College Association Prize, the Carnegie Mellon Women’s Award, the Senior Leadership Award, and the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award. During her senior year at Carnegie Mellon she helped to run the Heritage Scholarship Campaign, which raised over $180,000 to start a substantial undergraduate merit scholarship for future School of Music students. Alyssa is also an Andrew Carnegie Scholar. Alyssa completed two Master’s Degrees in violin performance and conducting at the New England Conservatory. For more information please visit alyssa-wang.com.
All BFCS concerts will take place at the
Harvard Musical Association
57A Chestnut St.
Boston, MA 02108