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Sierra Chamber Society Special Summer Event featuring The Telegraph String Quartet to Benefit a New Commission by Robert Sirota

 Sierra Chamber Society Special Summer Event featuring The Telegraph String Quartet to Benefit a New Commission by Robert Sirota

The Sierra Chamber Society, just having concluded its 32nd season, is thrilled to announce a special summer event on July 7, featuring The Telegraph String Quartet, winners of the 2016 Walter Naumburg International Chamber Music Competition, to benefit a new Sierra Chamber Society commission by eminent American composer Robert Sirota. Mr. Sirota is well known to the Sierra Chamber Society and the Telegraph String Quartet who gave the West Coast premiere of his third string quartet, "Wave upon Wave" in April 2018. The Telegraph String Quartet had given its East Coast premiere in February 2018 at Carnegie Hall to great acclaim. Visit to learn more about why the Sierra Chamber Society is so excited to engage Mr. Sirota's phenomenal creative talent. Please also visit to explore this amazing young ensemble.

Fans and admirers of Mr. Sirota's work will begin a year of celebration, [email protected], with international commissions and performances of his work, commencing on his birthday in October 2019 in Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center in NYC. The Sierra Chamber Society will become a part of these festivities with its new commission, a work entitled "Contrapassos for Voice and String Quartet," to be premiered on March 15, 2020, the 4th program of the Sierra Chamber Society's 33rd concert season. With lyrics by Stevan Cavalier, Director of the Sierra Chamber Society, Mr. Sirota's work will be performed by The Telegraph String Quartet with special guest Abigail Fischer, the renowned soprano/mezzosoprano, as soloist. Read what the NY Times and Boston Globe have to say about this stunning operatic and dramatic star, and watch Ms. Fischer's video clips at Ms. Fischer will be heard in both the Sirota work and Arnold Schoenberg's seldom performed masterpiece, his second string quartet, Op. 10 from 1908. This German late-romantic work is notable both for its major soprano role in the last two movements, and as Schoenberg's last tonal work. The program will conclude with Beethoven's colossal String Quartet Op 131 about which Schubert famously exclaimed "After that, what is left for the rest of us to write?" This program is the beneficiary of the special added Sierra Chamber Society event to take place July 7 at 3 PM at its usual venue, Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd. (a block east of Rossmoor Parkway) in Walnut Creek.

The Sirota/Cavalier benefit concert event on July 7 will begin with Dvorak's String Quartet Op 51 No 10, "Slavonic", selections from Bela Bartok's String Quartet No. 4 and Beethoven's aforementioned String Quartet Op 131, Britten's 3 Divertimenti for String Quartet, concluding with Mendelssohn's incomparable masterpiece, the String Quartet Op 44 No 1 in D major. In addition, to give our audience a better idea of the tremendous opportunity represented by this new Sierra Chamber Society commission from Robert Sirota, the Telegraph String Quartet will perform the second movement of his stirring third string quartet, "Wave upon Wave."

Ticket prices are just a little higher than the usual range, and, especially considering the performers, a remarkable bargain! Due to to popularity of performers and with limited seating, online purchases should be strongly considered.

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String Quartet Op 51 No 10 "Slavonic"


String Quartet No 4 Mvt 5


String Quartet Op 131 No 14 in C sharp minor Mvt 1

Robert Sirota

String Quartet No 3 "Wave upon Wave" Mvt 2


String Quartet Op 44 No 1 in D major


Eric Chan