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November 10, 2014New Website!Check it out! Thanks to Aestheticize Media for an awesome job!
June 25, 2014EYCP Audition Time and Location (August 24)Hi All! The EYCP Audition this year will start at 2 pm in Schwartz Center Room 332. Application is below or can be found on our Youth Program page.click here for more info
March 1, 2014World Premiere!Tonight we premiere composer and director of the Emory University Symphony Orchestra Richard Prior's "Quartet No. 2: Soundscapes" alongside works of Beethoven and Prokofievclick here for more info
October 25, 2013Philip Glass Visits EmoryWe were fortunate to play Philip Glass's "String Quartet No. 5" for him in person during his visit to Emory last month. It is such a wonderful thing to hear the composer himself make comments and clarify the questions we had for him. An historic moment for Vega.click here for more info
August 20, 2013EYCP Audition Time and Location (September 1st)Hi All! The EYCP Audition this year will be from 2 pm to 6 pm in Schwartz Center Room 332
July 9, 2013EYCP Audition Date ConfirmedHi All! The EYCP has been scheduled for September 1, 2013.
May 8, 2013EYCP Application Updated!Hi all! The 2013 application for the Emory Youth Chamber Program is now posted at the bottom of our "Youth Program" section as a downloadable PDF! Stay tuned for specific dates/times/location of the auditions.
September 4, 201220th Anniversary: Emory Chamber Music Society of AtlantaThis year marks the 20th anniversary of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta. Please take a moment to read the attached letter from artistic director of the ECMA Dr. William Ransom and help make the Vega Quartet the first permanent quartet-in-residence at Emory!click here for more info
July 26, 2012NEW Quartet Commission!We are excited to announce the commission of a new string quartet by respected Czech composer, Jan Jirasek! The work, entitled "Fragile Balance: Letter to Heaven" will be premiered November 9th at 8 pm at the Schwartz Center for the Arts, Emory. Please join us in welcoming Mr. Jirasek to Atlanta!http://www.janjirasek.com
June 3, 2012NEW EMAIL ADDRESS!In streamlining our web presence we have updated our email address to vega@vegaquartet.com. Please send all inquiries to that address from now on, with one exception: all Emory Youth Chamber Program emails should be sent to EYCP@vegaquartet.com. Thanks!http://franklinpond.org/?p=820
Domenic Salerni & Jessica Shuang Wu, violins; Yinzi Kong, viola; Guang Wang, cello

The Vega String Quartet, Quartet in Residence at Emory University, is creating and cultivating a new generation of passionate and educated chamber music lovers. The New York Times raved that their "playing that had a kind of clean intoxication to it, pulling the listener along...the musicians took real risks in their music making..." and the Los Angeles Times praised their "triumphant L.A. debut". The quartet has toured throughout Asia, Europe and North America and performed in major cities such as Brussels, Cologne, London, New York, Mexico City, Paris, Seoul, Tokyo and Vancouver; major venues including Weill Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic and Duke Hall at the Royal Academy of Music, London. The Quartet is a frequent guest at numerous music festivals including Amelia Island, Aspen, Brevard, Highlands- Cashiers, Kingston, Mostly Mozart, Rockport, San Miguel de Allende, and SummerFest La Jolla among others. They have been the Quartet in Residence at the Van Cliburn Institute, on the artist roster of Carnegie Hall's New York City Neighborhood Concert series, the Community Concerts Association roster and most recently, the Woodruff Arts Center's Art For Learning program that serves the greater Atlanta area.

The Vega's major projects since being named Quartet in Residence at Emory in 2006 include the complete cycle of Beethoven Quartets, a Bach–Bartók cycle; and the commissions and premieres of works by numerous leading composers. They started the Youth Chamber Music Program and have developed innovative programs collaborating with other art forms including dance, painting, poetry and theatre.

The Quartet's live broadcast credits include NPR's Performance Today (USA), the National Radio of China, Shanghai TV, Radio France, France Musiques, the Westdeutscher Rundfunk, and the National Radio of the Czech Republic. The Quartet captured four of the top six prizes at the 1999 Bordeaux String Quartet Competition (including the international music critics' prize) as well as top prizes at the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, the Carmel Chamber Music Competition, and the National Society of Arts and Letters String Quartet Competition.

The members of the Vega Quartet frequently collaborate with some of the world's finest musicians including Andres Cardenes, Eliot Fisk, Robert McDuffie, Christopher O'Riley, William Preucil, Richard Stoltzman, Robert Spano, Charles Wadsworth, the Eroica Trio and the St. Petersburg Quartet.

The Vega Quartet's residency at Emory is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation.
The performance was well stenciled, lively and characteristic of the composer's early style ... lyrically impassioned ... The Vega Quartet captured the composer's anxiety and inner turmoil.Mark GreshamARTSAtl May 2012
The music simply took over and created a space of its own. The musicians played with a deceptive simplicity and fluidity that made difficult passages seem childlike in their straightforwardness. Big, strong playing...excellent ensemble. Crisp, clear precision.The New York Times
The Vega Quartet was all singing, with remarkable sonority, intimate ensemble, and integrally sound musicianship. Every note, every phrase was attention-holding and satisfying. Especially impressive was cellist Guang Wang. Whether bowed or plucked, the instrument asserted a marvelous ground that thickened the sauce just right. When melodies were passed among ... it was as though the ideal ingredients and complementary spices were being added in a perfect blend. Never taking a misstep or making an unmusical sound, it was a delight.Classical Voice of North Carolina
Fine young players who have a well developed flair for stylish performance. There was a nice sense of crisp articulation, controlled dynamics and lovely phrasing. Bold and vibrant playing. This was a performance to treasure. Extraordinary musicianship, virtuosic intensity, a knockout performance.Peninsula Reviews (California)
The Quartet enthralled their audience with musical knowledge, discipline, precision and art.The News Leader (Florida)
The marvelous... foursome...The Strad
a touch both light and distinctive, emotional but not overbearing...playing that had a kind of clean intoxication to it, pulling the listener along...the musicians took real risks in their music making...The New York Times
...abundant strengths...a single-minded and relentless concentration that gives sweep and perspective to the music at hand... mechanical superiority and a compelling sense of authority...It glowed with musicality and balance...from fragile delicacy to virile aggression and eloquent songfulness...The Los Angeles Times
There can be no doubt that a sensational chamber music group has burst upon the scene. The breathtaking performance burned with drama from first moment to last, truly stunning!The Reader (San Diego)
These four young... musicians have that rare star quality that makes an indelible and unforgettable impression on the listener... virtuoso perfection, highly developed musical understanding and an elevated quality of ensemble expertise.Monterey County Herald
...remarkable assurance and conviction...a well-blended sound that allows individual lines to shine through... considerable technical aplomb...intensely lyrical expression...Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale)
The Vega Quartet played with suave urgency and immaculate technique...Miami Herald
Rarely does one hear such insight.Virginia Gazette

Upcoming Performances

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Oak Ridge Chamber Music Association
Pollard Auditorium
Oak Ridge, TN

http://www.orcma.org/chamber-series

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Saturday, January 17, 2015
Vega Quartet in Recital
Pro Musica of San Miguel
San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Vega Quartet in Recital
Pro Musica of San Miguel
San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico
January 22-25, 2015
Generations: From Schoenberg to Kim to Salerni
Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA
Featuring Schoenberg's "Ode to Napoleon Bonaparte," Salerni's "Quartet No. 2" et. al.
http://paulsalerni.com

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March 16-23, 2015
Galleria Seasons
Live on Stage
United States
Featuring Abstract Artist Timothy Raines
http://liveonstage.biz/galleria-seasons/

Past Performances

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Creation Stories
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Atlanta, GA
World Premiere of Quartet No. 2 by Paul Salerni
http://www.paulsalerni.com
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Concerts With a Cause
St. John's United Methodist Church
Augusta, GA
Featuring pianist William Ransom
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October 18-27, 2014
Galleria Seasons
Live On Stage
United States
Featuring Abstract Artist Timothy Raines, Vivaldi Four Seasons
http://liveonstage.biz/galleria-seasons/
Friday, October 10, 2014
Atlanta Music Festival
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emory University
Atlanta, GA
http://www.atlantamusicfestival.org/
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Country Meets Classics
Highlands Performing Arts Center
Highlands, NC
Featuring Nashville-based country funk band Blended 328
http://www.blended328.com/
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Final Gala and Dinner Party
Highlands Performing Arts Center
Highlands, NC
Tim Fain: Mendelssohn Octet, Concerto for Violin Piano, Strings
http://timfain.com/
Monday, July 14, 2014
Franklin Pond Chamber Music Master Class
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Atlanta, GA
http://franklinpond.org/?page_id=161
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Fifth Wheel 2
Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library
Cashiers, NC
Edward Arron, Glazunov
http://www.edwardarron.com/
Friday, July 11, 2014
Fifth Wheel
Highlands Performing Arts Center
Highlands, NC
Featuring Cellist Edward Arron in Glazunov's Cello Quintet
http://www.edwardarron.com/
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Bach at Bucks
Bucks Coffee Shop
Highlands, NC
Works to be drawn from a hat
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Pictures at an Exhibition
The Bascom: Center for the Visual Arts
Highlands, NC
Mussorgsky's "Pictures" for string quintet
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Saturday, May 31, 2014
Can't Help Singing! The music of Jerome Kern
RiverCenter
Columbus, GA
Joining Cantus Columbus, under William Bullock
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Bach's Lunch
Cumming United Methodist Church
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Sunday, March 30, 2014
Spring Chancel Choir Concert
Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church
Atlanta, GA
Beethoven Mass in C Major, Op. 86
http://www.glennumc.org/upcomingevents
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Vega SQ in Recital
Emerson Hall, Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Featuring the world premiere of a quartet by Emory composer, Richard Prior
Friday, February 28, 2014
Vega Quartet with the Georgia Symphony
Bailey Center at Kennesaw University
Kennesaw, GA
Elgar, Fratres, etc...
http://arts.kennesaw.edu/music/events.php
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Memphis CMS Presents Tour de France
The home of Dr. Benton Wheeler
Memphis, TN
Featuring pianist Victor Asuncion, violinist Dale Barltrop
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Friday, February 14, 2014
Noontime Series: Valentine's Day Love Songs
Carlos Museum, Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Amelia Island CMS Presents Beer and G-Strings: It Takes a Thief!
Sliders Seaside Beach
Fernandina Beach, FL
Featuring Christopher Rex, William Ransom
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Thursday, February 6, 2014
Auburn Chamber Music Society Presents
Goodwin Music Building Recital Hall
Auburn, AL
Featuring the Schumann and Saint-Saens piano quintets
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Friday, January 31, 2014
Noontime Series: Chinese New Year Celebration!
Carlos Museum, Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Fripp Island Friends of Music
Fripp Island Community Centre
Fripp Island, SC
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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Wofford Chamber Music Series
Leonard Auditorium, Main Building, Wofford College
Spartanburg, SC
Featuring William and Lexi Preucil in Mendelsshon's Octet
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Friday, December 6, 2013
Noontime Series: Bach's Lunch
Carlos Museum, Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Featuring Yinzi Kong and Domenic Salerni in the unaccompanied Suite in d minor and the Partita in d minor
Friday, November 22, 2013
Noontime Series: Beethoven in the 90s
Carlos Museum, Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Works include "An die ferne Geliebte," the Quartet in f minor, Op. 95, and the Violin Sonata, Op. 96
Saturday, November 9, 2013
From Russia with Love
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Atlanta, GA
Featuring Eugene Skovorodnikov in Shostakovich's Piano Quintet
http://www.eugeneskovorodnikov.com/
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Concerts With a Cause
St. John's United Methodist Church
Augusta, GA
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Saturday, October 26, 2013
Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus w/ Vega SQ
Bailey Center, Kennesaw University
Kennesaw, GA
Works of Beethoven, Garner, and Corigliano
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Sunday, October 20, 2013
Beethoven in Blue Jeans
Carlos Museum, Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Guest appearance by the composer himself!
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Vega Quartet Fundraiser!
Emory University School of Medicine, Lobby
Atlanta, GA
earn how we are impacting the community. Wine and hors-d'oeuvres to accompany.
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Saturday, October 5, 2013
The Danielle K. Rabel Memorial Concert Schubertiad
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Featuring Schubert's Death and the Maiden
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQ1t0OCXh78
Friday, September 27, 2013
Noontime Series: Twentieth-Century String Quartet Masterpieces
Carlos Museum, Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Featuring Philip Glass String Quartet No. 5
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Meridian Herald and First Congregational Church present the American Music Festival
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Atlanta, GA
Join Vega and friends for a celebration of African-American concert music
http://www.atlantamusicfestival.org/
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Beethoven, Barbecue, and Blue Jeans
The farm of Frank Bragg
Charlotte, NC
Works of Beethoven, D. K. Garner, and Zhou Long
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Friday, September 6, 2013
Musical Stars
Planetarium, Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Physicist Richard Williamon introduces our namesake, the brightest star in the Lyra constellation, Vega!
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Sunday, August 11, 2013
HCMF Final Gala Concert
Performing Arts Center
Highlands, NC
Join us in welcoming special guest soloists David Coucheron and Eugene Izotov!
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July 17-25, 2013
Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival
Highlands, Cashiers, NC
Join Vega and friends in works of Ibert, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Swertz, and more!
http://www.h-cmusicfestival.org/index.html

Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta

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Vega Quartet
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
1700 N. Decatur Road,
Emory University,
Atlanta, GA 30322

Hugo Wolf
Italian Serenade
Sehr Lebhaft
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Joseph Haydn
String Quartet Op. 33 No. 1
Allegro
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Bela Bartok
String Quartet No. 4
II. Allegro prestissimo, con sordino
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Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet Op. 59 No. 2
I. Allegro
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Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet Op. 59 No. 2
IV. Finale-Presto
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David Kirkland Garner
I ain't broke (but I'm badly bent)
ibid.
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David Kirkland Garner
I ain't broke (but I'm badly bent)
The Day Dawn
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Mendelssohn
String Quartet Op. 80
Allegro vivace assai
May 5th, 2013
Emerson Hall, Schwartz Center LIVE
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PUBLICITY PHOTOS


GARNER thirteen fiddle tunes for string quartet
David Garner's "thirteen fiddle tunes for string quartet - i aint broke (but I'm badly bent)" performed by the Vega String Quartet. Recorded on June 25, 2012...
Vega String Quartet, quartet-in-residence at Emory University - YouTube
Photo Credits: Dorn Brothers Photography www.dornborthers.com. Audio Credits: Vega Quartet, www.vegaquartet.com Haydn Op. 33, No. 1

Emory Youth Chamber Music Program



The Vega Chamber Music Program is a contribution to the Atlanta Community proudly presented by the Vega String Quartet. The purpose of the program is to fill the gap between the various youth symphony orchestra activities and private teaching in the Atlanta area.

Chamber music, in parallel with orchestral and solo music, is one of the major genres of classical music. The characteristics particular to chamber music are:

• The music is played by a small group of musicians without a conductor.
• Each player, unlike in an orchestra, has his own individual part.
• The group size varies generally from 2–9 people.

The unique communication and intimacy thus created among the performers have attracted all the great masters of music history, from Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven to Debussy, Schoenberg and Bartok, to write for this genre. The vast repertoire produced by these great composers has been keeping generations of performers wandering, exploring and continuously provoked, challenged and inspired.

Chamber music teaches the performers how to play as a team, how to support, enhance and even inspire each other, yet allows every performer to express his individuality and blossom through music.

Chamber music is sophisticated yet approachable. For those who have been through orchestral training, chamber music study will bring your playing to a new level; for those who eventually want to taste orchestral playing, chamber music is an easy and efficient first step because it teaches you the basics which include how to listen, how to watch, how to be together and at the most advanced level, how to differ.

If you are interested in knowing more about chamber music, please come to the musical events listed on Vega Quartet’s Calendar. If you are interested in joining the program, please download the application form, fill it out and send it to Vega Quartet/EYCP c/o Jessica Wu 2656 Gleneagles Dr. Tucker, GA 30084.   For more information, please contact us at vega@vegaquartet.com

Please click here for a downloadable schedule and application form
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