Kennett Flash Presents "Sip and Savor with the Serafins" Concert Series on Wednesday Evenings
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(Wilmington, Del.) August 4, 2014 - Kennett Flash presents Serafin String Quartet in a concert series titled "Sip and Savor with the Serafins" on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. The one-hour themed collage concerts each explore one major work, the composer's influence, style and characteristic flavor, while also sharing examples from other works and commentary from the Quartet.

The series opens on September 24 with "French Connection" featuring Debussy Quartet in g minor with samples from composers Grieg and Janacek. The audience will savor the sounds of the quintessential "French style" of Debussy, along with a few sample "sips" of similar works. On November 5, the Quartet presents "Nordic Journey" offering a behind the scenes tour of Norway's most celebrated composer, Edvard Grieg. Distinctive Norwegian idioms accent this friendly and exciting work. The final concert on December 3 titled "Viennese Classical Roots" features Mozart Quartet in d minor with samples from Haydn and Beethoven. This program explores how the roots of classicism, as evident in Haydn and Mozart, may not really be so far away from the intensity and emotion more often identified with "Romanticism."

"Kennett Flash is a perfect venue for these more laid back and engaging listening experiences," comments Serafin violinist, Lisa Vaupel. "Concertgoers can bring their own bottle of wine, order a bite to eat, and "sip and savor" some refreshment as they enjoy the music program."

Kennett Flash is a project of Historic Kennett Square, a non-profit 501(c)3, whose mission is to actively support and enrich community vitality and pride to help preserve the historic district and small town atmosphere, to promote economic and positive, productive relationships within Kennett Square and the surrounding townships.

"Sip and Savor with the Serafins"
September 24, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.: "French Connection"
November 5, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.: "Nordic Journey"
December 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.: "Viennese Classical Roots"
Where: Kennett Flash 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, PA
Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at door - purchase online at www.kennettflash.org
Details: Doors open for an a la carte dinner menu beginning at 6:30 p.m., BYOB




Serafin String Quartet Concert "Intimate Letters" at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on September 14
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(Wilmington, Del.) July 23, 2014 - Serafin String Quartet returns to World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 1:00 p.m for a collage concert titled "Intimate Letters." A century ago, tormented by the fires of unrequited love, composer Leos Janacek penned hundreds of letters to the indifferent object of his affection. Eventually he spilled his emotion onto pages of a string quartet, titled "Intimate Letters." Join Serafin String Quartet as they explore these two languages of passion: the words and music of love, obsession, beauty and fantasy - combining the music of composers with stories and poetry from the dawn of Romanticism to today.

In addition to selections from Janacek's "Intimate Letters," the Quartet will present Andrew Norman's "Sabina" from his "Companion Guide to Rome," a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in music. Norman, an active orchestral composer, joined Opera Philadelphia as composer in residence in 2013. Also featured will be movements from works by Haydn (D Minor, Op. 76#2), Debussy (Quartet in G Minor), Grieg (G Minor, Op. 27), and Mozart (d Minor, K.421).

Serafin String Quartet "Intimate Letters"
When: Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
Where: World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104
Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at door worldcafelive.com
Details: Doors open for an a la carte lunch menu beginning at 12:30 p.m.




Serafin String Quartet Performs Concerts in April at University of Delaware, The Arts at Trinity and The Music School of Delaware
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(Wilmington, Del.) March 27, 2014 - Delaware-based Serafin String Quartet will perform several concerts at local venues during the month of April. The Quartet will collaborate with a number of acclaimed special guests for performances at the University of Delaware, The Arts At Trinity and The Music School of Delaware.

Sunday, April 7, 2014 at 8pm - The University of Delaware (RESCHEDULED)
The University of Delaware rescheduled Serafin String Quartet's concert for Monday, April 7 at 8pm. The UD Quartet in Residence will be joined by UD Department of Music Artist Faculty Eileen Grycky, flute; Christopher Nichols, clarinet; Julie Nishimura, piano; and Anne Sullivan, harp for a program featuring Ravel's effervescent Introduction and Allegro, Schumann's beloved Piano Quintet in Eb, Op. 44 Major, and Debussy's String Quartet in g minor, Op. 10.
Gore Recital Hall - University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Tickets: Adults $15; Seniors, UD Staff & Alumni $10; Students $5 - cash or check at the door
Call 302-831-2577 or visit http://www.music.udel.edu

Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. - The Arts at Trinity
The Arts at Trinity presents Serafin String Quartet along with Timothy Schwarz, viola and Norman Fischer, cello for a program featuring works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Brahms.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 1108 North Adams Street, Wilmington, DE
FREE - donations appreciated
http://theartsattrinity.org
The Arts at Trinity is a free community arts series, sponsored by Jackson ImmunoResearch Laboratories, Inc.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 7:00pm - The Music School of Delaware
Music Masters concert features an all French program with Serafin String Quartet, Lotus Cheng, piano; Lynne Cooksey, flute; and Jennifer Stomberg, cello. Program includes Leclair Sonata for Two Violins in e minor, Op. 2, No. 5; Debussy String Quartet in g minor, Op. 10; and Farrenc Trio in e minor, Op. 45 for flute, cello and piano.
The Music School of Delaware - Wilmington Branch, 4101 Washington Street, Wilmington, DE
Tickets are $10 adults and $5 seniors/students, all proceeds benefit Anthony G. Simmons Scholarship Fund.
Call 302-762-1132 for tickets and information.

Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 8:00pm - The University of Delaware (rescheduled from April 9)
Serafin String Quartet joins Robert Brandt, baritone, for a University of Delaware Faculty Recital with Julie Nishimura, piano.
The program includes works by Fauré and Ravel.
Gore Recital Hall - University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Tickets: Adults $15; Seniors, UD Staff & Alumni $10; Students $5 - cash or check at the door
Call 302-831-2577 or visit http://www.music.udel.edu/




Serafin String Quartet March Concerts: University of Delaware on March 2, The Music School of Delaware on March 26
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(Wilmington, Del.) February 22, 2014 - The University of Delaware presents Quartet-in-Residence Serafin String Quartet on Sunday, March 2 at 8:00 p.m. The Quartet will be joined by UD Department of Music Artist Faculty Eileen Grycky, flute; Christopher Nichols, clarinet; Julie Nishimura, piano; and Anne Sullivan, harp for a wonderful evening of chamber music. The program features Ravel's effervescent Introduction and Allegro, Schumann's beloved Piano Quintet in Eb, Op. 44 Major, and Debussy's String Quartet in g minor, Op. 10.

Also in March, Serafin String Quartet will perform in a Friends and Family concert along with William Ransom, piano, Julie Nishimura, piano, and John David Smith, horn at The Music School of Delaware on Wednesday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. The concert features Arensky Piano Trio No. 1 in d minor, Op. 32, Brahms Horn Trio, Op. 40, and Dvorák Terzetto in C Major, Op. 74, for two violins and viola.

Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 8pm - The University of Delaware
University of Delaware Quartet in Residence Serafin String Quartet performs works by Ravel, Debussy and Schumann joined by UD faculty artists Eileen Grycky, flute; Christopher Nichols, clarinet; Julie Nishimura, piano; and Anne Sullivan, harp.
Gore Recital Hall - University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Tickets: Adults $15; Seniors, UD Staff & Alumni $10; Students $5 - cash or check at the door
Call 302-831-2577 or visit http://www.music.udel.edu

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 7:00pm - The Music School of Delaware
Friends and Family Concert features Serafin String Quartet joined by William Ransom, piano, Julie Nishimura, piano, and John David Smith, horn in a program including Arensky Piano Trio No. 1 in d minor, Op. 32, Brahms Horn Trio, Op. 40, and Dvorák Terzetto in C Major, Op. 74, for two violins and viola.
The Music School of Delaware - Wilmington Branch, 4101 Washington Street, Wilmington, DE
Tickets are $30, all proceeds benefit scholarship programs of the Music School.
Call 302-762-1132 for tickets and information.

Coming Up: Serafin String Quartet April Concerts:

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 8:00pm - The University of Delaware
Serafin String Quartet joins Robert Brandt, baritone, for a University of Delaware Faculty Recital with Julie Nishimura, piano.
The program includes works by Fauré and Ravel.
Gore Recital Hall - University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Tickets: Adults $15; Seniors, UD Staff & Alumni $10; Students $5 - cash or check at the door
Call 302-831-2577 or visit http://www.music.udel.edu/

Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. - The Arts at Trinity
The Arts at Trinity presents Serafin String Quartet along with Timothy Schwarz, viola and Norman Fischer, cello for a program featuring works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Brahms.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 1108 North Adams Street, Wilmington, DE
FREE - donations appreciated
http://theartsattrinity.org
The Arts at Trinity is a free community arts series, sponsored by Jackson ImmunoResearch Laboratories, Inc.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 7:00pm - The Music School of Delaware
Music Masters concert features an all French program with Serafin String Quartet, Lotus Cheng, piano; Lynne Cooksey, flute; and Jennifer Stomberg, cello. Program includes Leclair Sonata for Two Violins in e minor, Op. 2, No. 5; Debussy String Quartet in g minor, Op. 10; and Farrenc Trio in e minor, Op. 45 for flute, cello and piano.
The Music School of Delaware - Wilmington Branch, 4101 Washington Street, Wilmington, DE
Tickets are $10 adults and $5 seniors/students, all proceeds benefit Anthony G. Simmons Scholarship Fund.
Call 302-762-1132 for tickets and information.




Serafin String Quartet CD Named Top 10 Classical Albums of 2013
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(Wilmington, Del.) January 2, 2014 - Serafin String Quartet's newest recording, released by Naxos Records on July 30, 2013, was named Top 10 Classical Albums of 2013 by Philadelphia's City Paper. The disc, listed as number 5 of the 10 best classical albums for the year, is an "excellently performed selection of early works by Philly's own Jennifer Higdon (written before her Grammy and Pulitzer). She has a distinctive and direct voice, even as she experiments with different styles."

The new Serafin CD has been hailed for its "silken finesse and gritty vibrancy" by Gramophone Magazine, "an outstanding release and one worth adding to your Higdon collection" by Fanfare Magazine and "spot-on intonation, attention to rhythmic detail, superb sense of phrasing, and rich ensemble sound result in technically accomplished glowing accounts" by Classical Lost and Found.

Serafin String Quartet's features world première recordings of Jennifer Higdon's earlier chamber music. The String Trio for violin, viola, cello (1988) was written while Higdon was a developing young composer, and the influences of Prokofiev and Copland can be heard in the Sonata for Viola and Piano (1990). The beauty and immensity of the Western US sky was the inspiration for Sky Quartet (string quartet, 1997, rev 2001), while Dark Wood for violin, cello, bassoon and piano (2001) explores the soulful and virtuoso character of the bassoon. Amazing Grace (originally written in 1998 for choir and later adapted for string quartet by the composer) taps the vocal attributes of the String Quartet in a setting of one of the most recognized and cherished American folk tunes. Collaborative artists are pianist Charles Abramovic and bassoonist Eric Stomberg.

Serafin String Quartet's recordings are available for purchase at international retailers including Amazon.com and iTunes.




Serafin String Quartet Announces January Concerts at The Arts at Trinity and Kennett Flash
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(Wilmington, Del.) December 9, 2013 - Serafin String Quartet kicks off the new year with two Delaware Valley concerts in January. Enjoying positive acclaim for their recent recording released by Naxos, the Quartet returns to The Arts at Trinity on Saturday, January 11 at 7:30 p.m. The free concert will feature works by Debussy, Mendelssohn and Wolf. Debussy's only String Quartet is beloved by audiences for its drama and stunning sensual beauty, and encompasses exotic sounds and rhythms of Java, Spain, and the Far East, and has become emblematic of "french musical style." Mendelssohn's Eb Quartet (written when he was just 20 years old) was inspired by Beethoven in the year Mendelssohn decided to devote his life to music. And Hugo Wolf's Italian Serenade is a light and prancing romp that pays homage to a land of warmth and sunny spirits.

Kennett Flash presents Serafin String Quartet on Sunday, January 19 at 2:00 p.m. performing collage concert "Musical Passport to Many Lands." The themed concert features an around the world "musical tour" with stops in France, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Russia, China and the U.S., including selections by Mozart, Shostakovich, Dvorak, and Higdon. The Serafins will provide remarks during the concert offering concertgoers, both newcomers to classical music and seasoned chamber music fans, a unique perspective into the works and composers.

Serafin String Quartet January Concerts:

Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. - The Arts at Trinity
Serafin String Quartet will perform works by Mendelssohn, Debussy and Wolf.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 1108 North Adams Street, Wilmington, DE
FREE - donations appreciated
The Arts at Trinity is a free community arts series, sponsored by Jackson ImmunoResearch Laboratories, Inc.

Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. - Kennett Flash
Serafin String Quartet performs collage concert "Musical Passport to Many Lands."
Kennett Flash, 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, PA
Tickets $15 in advance, $18 at door - available online at www.kennettflash.org
Doors open at 1pm for lunch. Kennett Flash is BYOB, click here for BYOB policies and restrictions.




Serafin String Quartet and Jennifer Higdon Celebrate CD Release at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia
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(Wilmington, Del.) September 6, 2013 - Serafin String Quartet and award-winning composer Jennifer Higdon will celebrate their Naxos CD release at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on Sunday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. The event will include a "season preview" performance by Serafin String Quartet, a complimentary reception and remarks by the Quartet and Higdon about the project.

The highly anticipated CD, now in full international release, features the world premiere recordings of Higdon's early chamber works. Higdon comments on the recording project, "To have the chance to revisit these older works, and examine them through the prism of time passed, in the context of how I write now, has been surprising and enjoyable. I am grateful for the hard work and innate musical gift that these musicians (Serafin String Quartet) have shared in putting this disc together. In short I am inspired by their enthusiasm and conviction."

If you go: Serafin String Quartet at World Cafe Live
What: Serafin String Quartet Season Preview Concert and CD Release Party
with special guest Jennifer Higdon
When: Sunday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: World Cafe Live Philadelphia, Upstairs, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104
Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at door - tickets.worldcafelive.com
Details: Doors open for an a la carte dinner menu beginning at 6:30 p.m.; complimentary reception to follow performance



Serafin String Quartet Returns to World Cafe Live at the Queen for a Musical Passport to Many Lands
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(Wilmington, Del.) September 3, 2013 - Serafin String Quartet returns to World Cafe Live at the Queen on Saturday, September 21 at 12pm for a brunch-time concert titled "Musical Passport to Many Lands." The one-hour themed concert will feature an around the world musical tour with stops in France, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Russia, China and the U.S., including selections by Mozart, Shostakovich, Dvorak, and Higdon. The Serafins will provide insightful remarks of the selections offering concertgoers a unique perspective into the music and composers.

Bring your smartphones! Concertgoers are encouraged to bring their smartphones to follow @Serafin4tet on Twitter for additional comments during the performance by cellist Larry Stomberg. Stomberg, who was recently interviewed by Strad Magazine for his unique use of social media to engage with audiences, sent is first tweet from the stage during the Quartet's series of collage concerts at the Queen in 2011-2012.

If you go: Serafin String Quartet at World Cafe Live at the Queen
What: Serafin String Quartet Collage Concert "Musical Passport to Many Lands"
When: Saturday, September 21 at 12:00 p.m.
Where: World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801
Tickets: $20 - http://queentickets.worldcafelive.com
Menu: Doors open for an a la carte brunch menu beginning at 11:00 a.m.



Serafin String Quartet Previews 2013-2014 Season
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(Wilmington, Del.) July 22, 2013 - Serafin String Quartet announces key concert dates and events for the upcoming 2013-2014 season including the Naxos release on July 30 of the Quartet's world premiere recording early works by award-winning composer Jennifer Higdon; concerts at both World Cafe Live in Wilmington and Philadelphia in September; and continuation as Ensemble in Residence at the University of Delaware which includes public performances, student coaching, chamber music master classes, and collaboration with faculty. This fall also marks the first public performances by the Quartet with new violinist, Lisa Vaupel, who began working with the Serafins in May 2013. Vaupel, a noted ensemble player and experienced chamber musician, was awarded the 2010 Albert Beekhuis Award by the Delaware Symphony for performance excellence and service.

Serafin String Quartet Dates 2013-2014
  • Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - CD Release: Naxos will release Serafin String Quartet's world premiere recording featuring early chamber works by Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon who's "vibrant and individual voice" (Limelight Magazine) can be heard in chamber works on this recording.
  • Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. - University of Delaware: Serafin String Quartet will perform at the annual University of Delaware Music Department Gala at Mitchell Hall.
  • September 21, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. - World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington: Serafin String Quartet returns to World Cafe Live at The Queen for a collage concert titled "Musical Passport to Many Lands." The one-hour themed program features a "collage" of short selections by various composers along with insightful remarks by the musicians. Tickets on sale now at www.queentickets.worldcafelive.com.
  • Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. - World Cafe Live in Philadelphia: The Serafins preview their 2013-2014 season with a performance and CD release party at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. Special guest Jennifer Higdon, award-winning composer of the works featured on the new release will attend the event to discuss the recording and sign CDs. Tickets on sale now at www.philly.worldcafelive.com.
  • Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. - University of Delaware: The Serafins perform in an Ensemble in Residence concert featuring works by Mozart, Higdon and Dvorak in Gore Recital Hall.
  • Saturday, January 11 and April 26, 2014 - Trinity Episcopal Church: Serafin String Quartet returns to The Arts at Trinity community series with two performances.
  • Sunday, March 2 at 3pm - University of Delaware: The Quartet performs works by Schumann, Green and Murray-Shafer joined by UD faculty colleagues, Julie Nishimura, piano; Anne Sullivan, harp; Todd Groves, saxophone; and Harvey Price, percussion.



Naxos to Release New Serafin String Quartet Higdon Recording Available July 2
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(Wilmington, Del.) June 30, 2013 - Naxos will release Serafin String Quartet's newest recording in digital format on July 2, 2013. The disc features early chamber works by Grammy and Pulitzer Prize award-winning composer Jennifer Higdon who's "vibrant and individual voice" (Limelight Magazine) can be heard in chamber works on this recording. The complete disc will be released in European markets in early July, in Asian markets in mid-July and in North American markets on July 30, 2013. Customers may preorder the recording on now Amazon or iTunes.

For its debut recording on the Naxos label, the Quartet selected works one of the most performed living American composers. This recording provides a unique opportunity to hear première recordings of Higdon's earlier chamber music. The String Trio for violin, viola, cello (1988) was written while Higdon was a developing young composer, and the influences of Prokofiev and Copland can be heard in the Sonata for Viola and Piano (1990). The beauty and immensity of the Western US sky was the inspiration for Sky Quartet (string quartet, 1997, rev 2001), while Dark Wood for violin, cello, bassoon and piano (2001) explores the soulful and virtuoso character of the bassoon. Amazing Grace (originally written in 1998 for choir and later adapted for string quartet by the composer) taps the vocal attributes of the String Quartet in a setting of one of the most recognized and cherished American folk tunes. Collaborative artists are pianist Charles Abramovic and bassoonist Eric Stomberg.

Serafin String Quartet initiated its discography and recording output with a debut release on the Centaur label in fall 2010. Their debut disc received high praise in The Strad Magazine (2010) and American Record Guide (2011). Significant recording projects remain an important part of the Quartet's artistic activity. The Serafins aspire to present recorded material that reflects the quality of their own artistic output and their philosophical commitment to the works of living composers, as well as time-tested masterworks, through both performance and recording projects.



Serafin String Quartet Is Joined By Noted Violinist Lisa Vaupel
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(Wilmington, Del.) June 19, 2013 - Serafin String Quartet names Lisa Vaupel as the Quartet's new permanent violinist. Ms. Vaupel was selected following a year-long, nationwide search, and joins current members Kate Ransom, violin; Lawrence Stomberg, cello; and Esme Allen-Creighton, viola. The Serafins are Quartet in Residence at the University of Delaware.

Ms. Vaupel's first public appearances with the Quartet will be in September - on Saturday, September 7 at the University of Delaware's Gala, and then on Saturday, September 21 at World Cafe Live at The Queen for a noontime concert titled "Musical Passport to Many Lands."

Lisa Vaupel brings to her new role as violinist with Serafin String Quartet extensive experience as chamber musician and orchestral player. Winner of the 2010 Delaware Symphony's Albert Beekhuis Award, she serves as Principal Second Violin of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and Associate Concertmaster of Opera Delaware. Ms. Vaupel plays regularly with Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, and is featured as a guest artist on the World Cafe's Live Connections Bridges programs. Devoted to working with young musicians and young audiences, Ms. Vaupel serves as Teaching Artist for the Philadelphia Orchestra's School Partnership Program and is a faculty member at Goucher College. She received her Bachelor of Music degree with High Distinction from Indiana University, Bloomington, and earned her Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory.

"Our work with Lisa is already underway. She is a wonderful addition to the Quartet in all respects and we have been energized by her enthusiasm and excitement about the future together," comments Serafin cellist Lawrence Stomberg.

"Playing with a Quartet of this caliber has been a lifelong aspiration for me," says Lisa Vaupel. "We have just begun our work but I already feel the inspiration and commitment of these tremendous musicians."



Serafin String Quartet Announces Release Date for Second Recording
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(Wilmington, Del.) May 15, 2013 - Serafin String Quartet's newest recording will be released by Naxos on July 25, 2013. The recording features the early chamber works by Grammy and Pulitzer prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, who comments, "I am inspired by this amazing CD. What performances - just stunning! The pieces sound even better than they did in my head! Bravo to Serafin!"

The disc includes Higdon's Sky Quartet (string quartet, 1997, rev 2001); Amazing Grace (originally written in 1998 for choir and later adapted for string quartet by the composer); String Trio for violin, viola, cello (1988); Sonata for Viola and Piano (1990); and Dark Wood for violin, cello, bassoon and piano (2001). Pianist Charles Abramovic and bassoonist Eric Stomberg are the collaborative artists for this project.

The recording provides exposure to a broader scope of works by Jennifer Higdon and will help ensure that her excellent early works are not neglected. The new release adds to the discography of Higdon's works, helping to more fully inform the interested listener about the scope of her compositional development.

"Jennifer Higdon is one of the most significant present-day American composers. Her early works are filled with the promise of her creative ability and compositional skill," says Serafin violinist, Kate Ransom. "One can hear in these early works a tremendous amount of heart as well as excellent craft."

Serafin String Quartet, initiated its discography and recording output with a debut release on the Centaur label in fall 2010. Their debut disc received high praise in The Strad Magazine (2010) and American Record Guide (2011). Significant recording projects remain an important part of the Quartet's artistic activity. The Serafins aspire to present recorded material that reflects the quality of their own artistic output and their philosophical commitment to the works of living composers, as well as time-tested masterworks, through both performance and recording projects.

Grammy award-winning composer, Jennifer Higdon (b. 1962 and presently based in Philadelphia) recently received the Pulitzer Prize for her Violin Concerto and is one of the most-performed living American composers working today. Along with being a Grammy winner, she has also been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pew Fellowship and two awards from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Commissions have come from a wide range of performers: from the Philadelphia Orchestra to The President's Own Marine Band; from the Tokyo String Quartet to violinist Hilary Hahn and the new music ensemble, eighth blackbird. She makes her living from commissions and serves as composer-in-residence with various orchestras throughout the country.



Serafin String Quartet Returns to The Arts at Trinity
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(Wilmington, Del.) April 8, 2013 - The Arts at Trinity presents Serafin String Quartet on Saturday, April 20 to close their 2012-2013 season. The Serafins will be joined by University of Delaware piano faculty artist Julie Nishimura. A frequent collaborator with the Quartet, Nishimura is a much sought-after collaborative pianist with an extensive and impressive performance record.

The program features "Song of Palestine Variations" and "Estampe" from Lou Harrison's String Quartet Set. "Variations" draws on Middle and Far Eastern sounds with extensive uses of percussion effects. "Estampe" is a play between the French work estampie and the English word stampede. The Quartet and Nishimura will perform Mozart's Piano Quartet in g minor, often considered the first major piece composed for piano quartet in the chamber music repertoire. The concert will close with the Serafins performing Schumann's String Quartet a minor Op. 41 #1, written in 1842 during Schumann's "year of chamber music" and dedicated to Mendelssohn.

The Arts at Trinity is a free community arts series launched in 2011 that presents multi-genre arts performances of music, visual arts and drama at Trinity Episcopal Church in Wilmington. The series is generously underwritten by Jackson ImmunoResearch Laboratories, Inc.

If you go: The Arts at Trinity presents Serafin String Quartet
When: Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Trinity Episcopal Church, 1108 N. Adams Street, Wilmington, Delaware
Featuring: Serafin String Quartet joined by pianist Julie Nishimura
Repertoire: Mozart Piano Quartet g minor; and Schumann String Quartet a minor Op. 41 #1 and Lou Harrison String Quartet Set "Song of Palestine Variation" and "Estampe"
Tickets: Free, donations appreciated www.theartsattrinity.org



University of Delaware Presents Serafin String Quartet
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(NEWARK, DEL.) March 4, 2013 - The University of Delaware will present Serafin String Quartet in its annual Quartet in Residence concert in Gore Recital Hall on Sunday, March 10 at 3:00 p.m. The program will feature Beethoven's Op. 132, Haydn's Bb "Sunrise" Op. 76 #4, and Respighi's Il Tramonto (The Sunset) for voice and string quartet. The Quartet will be joined by UD faculty artist Noel Archambeault, soprano.

The program spans a musical journey from "sunrise" to "sunset" in the works of Haydn and Respighi. Beethoven's late quartet in A minor, Op. 132, chronicles his experience of recovery from an illness that took him to death's door. Listeners are invited to traverse the dramatic emotional landscape from dark to light, health to convalescence, and blossoming and fading.

Serafin String Quartet is in its third year as Quartet in Residence at the University of Delaware. In this role, the Quartet coaches student chamber ensembles, presents master classes and lectures, works collaboratively with UD faculty artists, and performs formal and informal concerts.

If you go: University of Delaware present Serafin String Quartet
When: March 10, 2013 at 3:00pm
Where: Gore Recital Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Featuring: Serafin String Quartet joined by special guest Noel Archambeault, soprano
Repertoire: Beethoven Op. 132; Haydn Bb "Sunrise" Op. 76 #4; Respighi Il Tramonto
Tickets: $12 adults, $8 UD faculty/staff/alumni & seniors, $3 students available for purchase at the door, cash or check only www.music.udel.edu



Serafin String Quartet Remembers Violist in Concert
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(WILMINGTON, DEL.) February 12, 2013 - Serafin String Quartet will perform in an annual tribute to former Serafin violist Anthony "Tony" Simmons in a memorial concert on Wednesday, February 27 at 7pm at The Music School of Delaware. Simmons, a founding member of the Quartet, was tragically killed in a car accident on February 24, 2005 at the age of 38. The concert memorializes Tony and benefits the Anthony G. Simmons Scholarship Fund which provides financial aid for needy students of the Music School.

Fellow founding quartet member, Kate Ransom, who is also president of the Music School, said, "Were it not for Tony Simmons there would likely have been no Serafin String Quartet. His love of chamber music and of collaboration were formative for the Quartet. He brought similar devotion to his many students."

Simmons served on the faculty The Music School of Delaware (as did his wife, Marka) and at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. He was violist for numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles in the Mid-Atlantic region, including the Delaware and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestras and Relache. He toured Japan and recorded with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

If you go: Simmons Memorial Concert - Three Centuries of Musical Magic
When: February 27, 2013 at 7:00pm
Where: The Music School of Delaware, 4101 N. Washington Street, Wilmington, Delaware
Featuring: Serafin String Quartet; Anna Skrupky, horn; Victoria Clark, bassoon, Masaaki Fujiki, recorder; and Tracy Richardson, harpsichord
Repertoire: Telemann Concerto a Tre for recorder, horn, bassoon & harpsichord; Mozart Horn Quintet for horn, violin, two violas & cello; Mendelssohn String Quartet in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1
Tickets: $10 adults, $5 seniors/students, purchase in advance by calling 302-762-1132
Proceeds benefit the Anthony G. Simmons Scholarship Fund



Serafin String Quartet Opens the Arts at Trinity Community Series
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(WILMINGTON, DEL.) September 24, 2012 - Serafin String Quartet opens The Arts at Trinity's 2012-2013 season on Saturday, October 20, 2012. This marks violist, Esme Allen-Creighton's premiere performance as the Quartet's new permanent violist. Allen-Creighton is a Juilliard graduate, doctoral candidate at the University of Montreal and Viola Professor at the University of Delaware.

The Quartet will be joined in this concert by acclaimed pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion. A native of the Philippines, Asuncion performs as solo and collaborative artist around the world, and serves as piano professor and director of collaborative studies at University of Memphis, in Tennessee. He has been noted as a pianist of innate musical sensitivity, fiery temperament and superb technique. The program will include string quartets by Beethoven and Mozart and the youthfully exuberant Quintet for Piano and Strings by Dohnanyi.

"Joining Serafin Quartet has been an exhilarating experience for me," says Allen-Creighton. "My quartet colleagues are not only exemplary and experienced musicians, but also musical explorers. Together we dig into the depths of the music and share that with our listeners."

Quartet founding violinist Kate Ransom comments, "Esme has brought a great esprit to the quartet. She is an exquisitely trained Juilliard musician and has boundless curiosity about how to get the music to speak to the listener. Collaborating with artists of her caliber, and internationally acclaimed pianists like Victor Asuncion, is a thrilling experience!"

The Arts at Trinity is a free community arts series launched in 2011 that presents multi-genre arts performances of music, visual arts and drama at Trinity Episcopal Church in Wilmington.

If you go: The Arts at Trinity presents Serafin String Quartet
When: Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 7:30pm
Where: Trinity Episcopal Parish, 1108 North Adams Street, Wilmington, DE
Featuring: Serafin String Quartet along with special guest Victor Santiago Asuncion, piano
Repertoire: Mozart Divertimento in D K.136 (I), Beethoven Op. 74 and Dohnanyi Piano Quintet in c minor
Tickets: Free, donations appreciated



Serafin String Quartet Previews 2012-2013 Season
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(WILMINGTON, DEL.) August 23, 2012 - Serafin String Quartet's upcoming season will feature the addition of new violist Esme Allen-Creighton; continuation in the role of Ensemble in Residence at the University of Delaware; collaborations with outstanding guest artists; a visiting residency to Dickinson College; and a calendar of varied concerts.

The Serafins will open the 2012-2013 season at Kennett Flash on September 22, 2012. The themed concert, titled "Quartet Time Machine - From Haydn to Higdon," will feature a collage of short selections by various composers through music history from the 1700s to today. Kennett Flash is a project of Historic Kennett Square, a non-profit 501(c)3, whose mission is to actively support and enrich community vitality.

Serafin String Quartet will return to The Arts at Trinity to open and close the 2012-2013 season with concerts on October 20, 2012 and April 20, 2013. The concerts will include performances with guest pianists Victor Santiago Asuncion and Julie Nishimura. The Arts at Trinity is a free community arts series launched in 2011 that presents multi-genre arts performances of music, visual arts and drama at Trinity Episcopal Church in Wilmington.

Also during this 2012-2013 season, Serafin String Quartet anticipates the release of their next recording on the Naxos label featuring the early chamber works by Jennifer Higdon. Cellist Larry Stomberg adds, "The release will certainly punctuate our year showing a different side of Serafin and an interesting reflection on the early style of a great living composer."



Serafin String Quartet Announces New Violist Esme Allen-Creighton
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(WILMINGTON, DEL.) July 27, 2012 - Serafin String Quartet announces Esme Allen-Creighton will join the Quartet as the new permanent violist. Ms. Allen-Creighton is a Juilliard graduate, doctoral candidate at the University of Montreal and Viola Professor at University of Delaware. She is a winner of the Flora Matheson Goulden String Prize and the 2006 Viola congress Canadian Music Competition. Ms. Allen-Creighton will begin her public appearances with the Quartet in October 2012.

Founding Quartet violinist, Kate Ransom comments, "In Esme, we believe we have found a truly compatible partner ready to participate fully in Quartet life with SSQ. She is a brilliant woman of high musical and intellectual capacities and is fearless in her approach to interchange and music-making. We are greatly pleased that she is joining us!"



Serafin String Quartet at Kennett Flash
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(WILMINGTON, DEL.) July 11, 2012 - Kennett Flash presents Serafin String Quartet in a concert titled Quartet Time Machine - From Haydn to Higdon on September 22, 2012. The themed program is a collage of short selections by various composers through music history. Concertgoers will travel through time from the 1700s, featuring works by Joseph Haydn - one of the most prolific and prominent composers of the classical period, to today, featuring works by Philadelphia's 2010 Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning composer Jennifer Higdon.

As the Quartet travels through time, remarks by the musicians will provide a behind-the-scenes perspective into the music and composers. Listeners are encouraged to bring their smart phones to participate by following Serafin4tet on Twitter! The interactive concert offers an engaging atmosphere for the audience to experience traditional and new music in a non-traditional format.

"We're really excited to be playing the Flash," comments Larry Stomberg, cellist. "It's a wonderful intimate venue and perfect location for Serafin String Quartet's blast through music history."

Kennett Flash is a project of Historic Kennett Square, a non-profit 501(c)3, whose mission is to actively support and enrich community vitality and pride to help preserve the historic district and small town atmosphere, to promote economic and positive, productive relationships within Kennett Square and the surrounding townships.

If you go: Kennett Flash presents Serafin String Quartet
When: Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 8pm
Where: Kennett Flash, 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, PA 19348
Featuring: Serafin String Quartet
Repertoire: Haydn String Quartet Op. 33 #2 "Joke" (I); Mozart Divertimento in D K.136 (I); Beethoven in C minor Op. 18 #4 (I); Schumann A minor Op.41 #1 "Scherzo"; Dvorak F Major, Op. 96 "American" (II: Lento); Ravel Quartet in F Major (I:Allegro moderato, Tres doux); Martinu Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola (II: Poco andante); Higdon Sky Quartet (III: Fury)
Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door; Book tickets online at www.kennettflash.org
Details: Doors open at 7pm, concert begins at 8pm; a light menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, pastries and beverages will be available prior to and during the show; BYOB is available for adults 21 years and older.



Serafin Quartet Celebrates National Chamber Music Month
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(WILMINGTON, DEL.) April 18, 2012 - Serafin String Quartet will join thousands of musicians and hundreds of concert presenters across the country this May in celebrating National Chamber Music Month. The Quartet will participate in the month-long music celebration by designating concerts on May 4, in New York City, and May 8, in Wilmington, Del., as National Chamber Music Month events.

National Chamber Music Month is a nationwide initiative to raise public awareness of the many styles of small ensemble music performed and presented today. The month-long series of performances, residencies, pre- and post-concert discussions, and other chamber music events will showcase ensemble music of all styles, including early, classical, jazz, and world music. Chamber Music America defines chamber music as works for small ensembles of 2-10 members, playing one to a part and generally performing without a conductor.

Chamber Music America (CMA), the national service organization for ensemble music professionals and the organizer of National Chamber Music Month, has invited its membership of more than 6,000 music professionals to participate in this first-time-ever endeavor.

""Chamber music is a vibrant and diverse field," said Margaret M. Lioi, CEO of Chamber Music America. "It includes contemporary music, jazz, world music, European classical, and styles that draw from all of these. National Chamber Music Month will showcase the richness of chamber music through performances in urban and rural areas across the country, and we are thrilled that so many presenters and ensembles are participating."

For Serafin String Quartet National Chamber Music Month Concerts, please check our Calendar.

For information on other performances taking place across the country during National Chamber Music Month, visit www.chamber-music.org.



Serafin String Quartet Performs NY Premiere
Performance at WMP Concert Hall features the New York premiere of Jennifer Higdon's Sky Quartet
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(WILMINGTON, DEL.) April 9, 2012 - Serafin String Quartet will be joined by Steven Tenenbom, violist of the Orion String Quartet, for a performance at New York City's WMP Concert Hall on Friday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature the New York premiere of Jennifer Higdon's Sky Quartet, included on the Serafins' second recording scheduled for release by Naxos in early 2013, in addition to Ravel Quartet and Brahms Viola Quintet in G Major, Op.111.

Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning composer Jennifer Higdon comments in the program notes for the Sky Quartet: When I began composing "Sky Quartet", I envisioned the wonder and immensity of the Western sky. Every time I've been west of the Mississippi, I've always marveled at that exquisite canvas of blue and clouds. This work paints musical portraits of the sky in various stages: start of a day, the rapture of its "blueness", a storm-wrenched fury, and its vast immensity. Sky Quartet was composed in 1997, and revised in 2000.

WMP Concert Hall is a non-profit organization promoting performance of classical music & today's music. Tickets for the Serafin String Quartet concert on May 4th are available by emailing admin@wmpconcerthall.com or by calling at 212-582-7536.



Serafin String Quartet Returns to World Cafe Live at the Queen

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(WILMINGTON, DEL.) February 20, 2012 - LiveConnections presents Serafin String Quartet in a ClassicAlive! event at World Cafe Live at the Queen. The Serafins will perform a Collage Concert titled An American Tapestry on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at noon (doors open for seating and brunch at 11:00 a.m.). An American Tapestry will feature works by Dvorak, Barber, Still, Gershwin and Jennifer Higdon, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra's 2012 A.I. du Pont Award. The Serafins will offer interesting and informative commentary from the stage presenting a unique and interactive musical experience.

World Cafe Live at the Queen will offer an a la carte brunch menu prior to and during the Collage Concert. Concert tickets are $20, $15 with student ID; purchase online at queen.worldcafelive.com or by calling 302-994-1400.



Serafin String Quartet Returns to World Cafe Live at the Queen

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(WILMINGTON, DEL.) January 11, 2012 - LiveConnections presents Serafin String Quartet in a ClassicAlive! event at World Cafe Live at the Queen. The Serafins will perform a "Collage Concert" titled Romp Through Romanticism on Sunday, February 5, 2012 at noon (doors open for seating and brunch at 11:00 a.m.). Romp Through Romanticism will feature works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Ravel and Dvorak. The Serafins will offer interesting and informative commentary from the stage presenting a unique and interactive musical experience.

ClassicAlive!, LiveConnections' newest venture, breaks the boundaries of how classical music is experienced by highlighting first-rate artists in a fun and intimate setting, mixing food, drink and audience interaction amidst inspiring music. The Collage Concert is designed to appeal to the new classical listener looking to experience the music in a multi-faceted way, as well as to seasoned chamber music followers who are open to an adventuresome departure from the typical concert setting.

World Cafe Live at the Queen will offer an a la carte brunch menu prior to and during the Collage Concert. Tickets are $20, $15 with student ID; purchase online at queen.worldcafelive.com or by calling 302-994-1400.

LiveConnections will also present Serafin String Quartet in their third of three Collage Concerts on Sunday, March 11, 2012, titled An American Tapestry featuring works by Dvorak, Barber, Still, Gershwin and Higdon, also at the World Cafe Live at the Queen.



LiveConnections Presents Serafin String Quartet at World Cafe Live at the Queen

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(WILMINGTON, DEL.) October 25, 2011 - LiveConnections presents Serafin String Quartet in a ClassicAlive! concert series at World Cafe Live at the Queen. The Serafins will perform three "Collage Concerts," one-hour themed concerts that are programmed as a "collage" of short selections by various composers along with insightful remarks by the musicians. The Collage Concerts are designed to appeal to new classical listeners and seasoned chamber music followers, alike.

ClassicAlive!, LiveConnections' newest venture, breaks the boundaries of how classical music is experienced through repertoire, collaboration and atmosphere. ClassicAlive! highlights first-rate artists in fun and intimate settings, mixing food, drink and audience interaction amidst great music. Curator, Mary Javian comments, "It is an absolute pleasure to work with innovative artists such as the Serafin String Quartet."

World Cafe Live at the Queen will offer brunch prior and during the Collage Concerts on Sundays. The first concert in the series titled String Quartet Time Machine - Haydn to Higdon bridges from the first quartet-composer to today - including works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, Ravel, Martinu and Higdon. Coming up later this season are A Romp Through Romanticism (February 5) and An American Tapestry (March 11).

"Serafin Quartet is pleased to be presented by LiveConnections in Wilmington's newest performance venue World Cafe Live at the Queen," remarks Serafin violinist Kate Ransom. "It is one of the rare places that is actively and effectively making connections for listeners who want to experience different kinds of music in different ways."

Serafin String Quartet Collage Concert Series at World Cafe Live at the Queen
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Serafin String Quartet presents a Collage Concert titled String Quartet Time Machine - Haydn to Higdon featuring works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, Ravel, Martinu and Higdon.

Sunday, February 5, 2012
Serafin String Quartet presents a Collage Concert titled Romp Through Romanticism featuring works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Ravel and Dvorak.

Sunday, March 11, 2012
Serafin String Quartet presents a Collage Concert titled An American Tapestry featuring works by Dvorak, Barber, Still, Gershwin and Higdon.

All concerts begin at 12:00 p.m. Doors open for seating and brunch at 11:00 a.m.
Tickets: $20, $15 with student ID; Purchase by visiting http://queen.worldcafelive.com/ or calling 302-994-1400



Serafin String Quartet Welcomes Violist Molly Carr; Kicks Off 2011-2012 Season

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(WILMINGTON, DEL.) September 9, 2011 9 Serafin String Quartet welcomes violist Molly Carr of New York, winner of the 2010 Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition. She has been praised for her "ravishing sound" by The Strad Magazine and "passionate talent and beautiful poise... all in one package" by AVS. Ms. Carr received her bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School.

"Molly is an exquisite artist," comments violinist Kate Ransom. "The Quartet enjoyed starting off our work with her in June, performing in the Delaware Chamber Music Festival. The program included the Ravel Quartet, a tour de force for the viola, which is prominently featured. Molly rose to the task and played beautifully. Audiences are going to enjoy her sound and energy in SSQ!"

On September 9th and 10th, Serafin String Quartet will kick off its seventh concert season with Quartet in Residence events held at the University of Delaware. The Serafins will present formal and informal performances, workshops, presentations and coaching sessions throughout the academic year, their second year as Quartet in Residence.

On October 22nd, Serafin String Quartet will open the new community series in Wilmington, "The Arts at Trinity," hosted by Trinity Episcopal Church. The Quartet will collaborate in this concert with special guests Charles Abramovic, piano, and Eric Stomberg, bassoon. The program features the beloved Schumann Piano Quintet, a quartet by Beethoven, and works from the Quartet's second recording project, scheduled for release in 2012 by Naxos, featuring the early chamber works by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winning composer Jennifer Higdon.

Other season highlights include:
  • November 10, 2011 - SSQ with University of Delaware Vocal Department Recital
  • February 4, 2012 - Market Street Music Series host by First and Central Presbyterian Church
  • March 20, 2012 - University of Delaware Quartet in Residence concert with special guests Barbara Govatos, violin, and Marcantonio Barone, piano
  • April 21, 2012 - The Arts at Trinity concert with special guest William Ransom, piano
Serafin String Quartet's 2011-2012 concert schedule is now available online at www.serafinquartet.org.



Serafin String Quartet to Perform in the Delaware Chamber Music Festival

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(WILMINGTON, DEL.) May 16, 2011 - Serafin String Quartet will perform in the 2011 Delaware Chamber Music Festival on June 17. The concert, titled "French Evolution," will feature works by French composer's including Ravel's String Quartet, one of the great impressionist masterworks; Chausson's "Concert" for solo violin and piano with string quartet; and Couperin's "Pieces en Concert" for solo cello and string quartet. The Quartet will perform along with Barbara Govatos, violin, Music Director for the Delaware Chamber Music Festival and member of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra; Marcantonio Barone, piano; and Clancy Newman, cello.

In the month of June, the Delaware Chamber Music Festival presents outstanding chamber music performances that generate critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences. The Festival features the area's best chamber players, musicians who have been heard from Vermont's Marlboro Festival to Salzburg's Mozarteum.

"The Delaware Chamber Music Festival holds a long-standing place in our community as a premier chamber music series," comments Kate Ransom, violinist. Serafin String Quartet is honored to be included and we are looking forward to collaborating with these stunning festival artists, Barbara Govatos, Marcantonio Barone and Clancy Newman!"

Serafin String Quartet Concert Details:

Delaware Chamber Music Festival
"French Evolution"

Friday, June 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm
The Music School of Delaware, 4101 Washington Street, Wilmington, Delaware
Featuring Serafin String Quartet: Kate Ransom, violin, Timothy Schwarz, violin, Molly Carr, viola, and Lawrence Stomberg, cello; Barbara Govatos, violin; Clancy Newman, cello; and Marcantonio Barone, piano.
To purchase tickets, please visit www.dcmf.org.



Serafin String Quartet Announces Upcoming Concerts In Georgia And South Carolina

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(WILMINGTON, DEL.) March 17, 2011 - Serafin String Quartet announces upcoming performances at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. and Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. The concerts will feature repertoire from Serafin String Quartet's 2010-2011 performance season including works by Beethoven, Dvořák and 2010 Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winning composer Jennifer Higdon. The Serafins perform frequently at universities along the east coast including the University of Delaware where they serve as Quartet in Residence.

Hailed by the New York Concert Review for its "excellent music making...uncommonly fine interpretation," Serafin String Quartet debuted to a sell-out crowd at New York City's Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2004. Centaur Records recently released Serafin String Quartet's debut commercial CD, which received critical acclaim in The Strad Magazine for "playing with style and sophistication."

The Quartet has recently announced its second recording project featuring the un-recorded chamber works for strings by Philadelphia-based Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winning composer Jennifer Higdon. The project will include Higdon's "Sky Quartet," "Amazing Grace" for string quartet, "String Trio," "Sonata for Viola and Piano," and "Dark Wood" for strings, piano and bassoon.

Serafin String Quartet Southeast Concert Details:

Carlos Museum at Emory University - Noontime Concert Series
Friday, April 8, 2011 at 12:00 p.m.
Program includes Jennifer Higdon's "Amazing Grace" and "Sky Quartet"; Dvořák's String Quartet in F Major, Op.96 "American"; Beethoven's String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59#3; and Mendelssohn's String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13.
Call (404) 727-5050 or visit www.carlos.emory.edu for more details.

Carlos Museum at Emory University - Family Concert Series
Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.
Program features Valerie Whitcup's original composition "Webster the Music Spider," and Alan Ridout's "Ferdinand the Bull."
Call (404) 727-5050 or visit www.carlos.emory.edu for more details.

Wofford College
Monday, April 11, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
Program includes Dvořák's String Quartet in F Major, Op.96 "American" and Beethoven's String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59#3.
Call 864-597-4000 or visit www.wofford.edu/arts for more details.



Serafin String Quartet Announces New Recording Project

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(WILMINGTON, DEL.) January 7, 2011 - Serafin String Quartet announces its second recording project featuring the un-recorded chamber works for strings by Philadelphia-based Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winning composer Jennifer Higdon. The project will include Higdon's "Sky Quartet," "Amazing Grace" for string quartet, "String Trio," "Sonata for Viola and Piano," and "Dark Wood" for strings, piano and bassoon.

Preliminary recordings for the project have already started with a full recording planned for completion by the end of 2011. The recording will be released by Naxos, one of the world's leading classical music labels devoted to exciting new repertoire featuring exceptional talent.

"This project is an opportunity for Serafin Quartet to collaborate with one of today's leading contemporary composers, and we feel great affinity and appreciation for these works. We are pleased that Naxos has championed the project. It is an important project that will round out the scope of discography of Jennifer Higdon's earlier chamber works. These are excellent pieces that should not be neglected on the stage or in recorded format. It is an exciting "next step" in discography for Serafin String Quartet, as well," said Serafin violinist, Kate Ransom.

Serafin String Quartet will perform Higdon's "Amazing Grace" and movements from the "Sky Quartet" at their upcoming concert the Annenberg Center for the Arts in Philadelphia on February 4, 2011 at 8pm. To purchase tickets, please visit www.pennpresents.org or call 215-898-3900.



University of Delaware Appoints Serafin String Quartet as Quartet in Residence

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(WILMINGTON, DEL.) June 30, 2010 - The Delaware-based Serafin String Quartet has been appointed Quartet in Residence at the University of Delaware beginning in fall 2010. In addition to formal and informal performances, the Quartet will serve in a variety of roles both on and off campus and will work with music department students in a number of capacities including coaching student chamber music ensembles. The Quartet also hopes to develop an interdisciplinary component, in collaboration with other departments.

"This is a very exciting venture for us," comments Lawrence Stomberg, cellist of the Quartet, as well as the Associate Professor of Cello at the University of Delaware. "I am thrilled about the possibilities for collaboration, both with my fellow colleagues and especially with the students. We have an active and growing chamber music program at the University, and the addition of the Serafins to the mix will undoubtedly be a big boost."



Serafin String Quartet Announces CD Release and Overseas Debut Concert

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(WILMINGTON, DEL.) June 9, 2010 - The first commercial recording of the Delaware-based Serafin String Quartet has been released on the Centaur Records label. The disc, considered an "American Tapestry," features works by American composers, and composers influenced by American sounds, including Barber, Dvořák, Gershwin and Still. The disc is now available for purchase on the Centaur Records website www.centaurrecords.com and will be internationally released in September 2010.

The CD is the Quartet's first major recording project, and was recorded in Gore Recital Hall on the University of Delaware campus in September 2009. The Quartet decided together upon the repertoire for the disc, intending their first release to present their interpretations of standard and lesser-known literature, and reflecting the theme of American influence and diversity.

Serafin String Quartet will present its overseas debut concert at St. John's, Smith Square in London, England on September 25, 2010. The concert will feature selections from their recent Centaur release and "Amazing Grace" by Jennifer Higdon, the Philadelphia-based Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award - winning composer. For tickets to the London debut concert, please visit www.sjss.org.uk.

"This is an exciting year for the Quartet with our overseas debut, another recording project in preparation and concerts in the southeast and at the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia," comments Serafin violinist, Kate Ransom. "We've made significant progress in our development as a quartet and are reaching the next level in our performing. We look forward to broadening our horizons on the international level to start the new season."

This summer the Quartet is preparing and starting to perform selections by Jennifer Higdon in advance of a planned recording of her un-recorded chamber works for strings. This project will feature Higdon's "Sky Quartet," "Amazing Grace" for string quartet, "String Trio," "Sonata for Viola and Piano," and a work for strings, piano and bassoon. They expect the project to take at least a year to complete.


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