Bravo! and the Vilar Center team up to host the Vinca String Quartet |

Bravo! and the Vilar Center team up to host the Vinca String Quartet

Daily Staff Writer

BEAVER CREEK – As part of their combined commitment to education, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and the Vilar Center for the Arts welcome the Vinca String Quartet for a three-day rural residency program. The quartet will be busy during their stay in the Vail Valley. In addition to the concert at the Vilar Center for the Artsat 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21, these young professionals are performing in area classrooms and hosting afternoon workshops for aspiring young musicians. Formed in 2002, the members of the Vinca String Quartet received their master of music degrees at the Yale School of Music, where they have worked with members of the Tokyo String Quartet, Syoko Aki, Aldo Parisot and Wendy Sharp. The Vinca Quartet has performed in various venues around New Haven, Conn., including the Yale Center for British Art, Sprague Memorial Hall and Trinity Church. In the summer of 2003 the quartet participated in the Banff Center Summer Arts Festival in Canada. This fall the quartet will begin a graduate quartet residency at the University of Colorado, where they will be studying with Takacs String Quartet while pursuing their doctor of muscial arts degree. Among them, the members of the Vinca Quartet have worked with artists such as Pamela Frank and Claude Frank, Boris Berman, Laurence Lesser and members of the Emerson, Lark, Juilliard and Endellion String Quartets.Violinist Anna Brathwaite, from Atlanta, completed her undergraduate studies at the Boston University School of the Arts as a student of Bayla Keyes. Violinist Michelle Lee, a native of Decatur, Ill., completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where she studied with Sherban Lupu and Danwen Jiang. Violist Tina Lee, also from Atlanta, completed a joint double-degree program with the New England Conservatory and Tufts University, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Cellist Rachel Pomedli, originally from Saskatoon, Canada, obtained her bachelor’s degree at the University of Toronto, studying with Shauna Rolston.The chamber music performance Jan. 21 includes favorite quartet movements from Mozart, Ravel and Schubert. Students participating in the quartet’s afternoon workshops will join the ensemble on stage to perform as part of the encore. Tickets for the concert are $10 for children 12 and under and $20 for adults. The Vinca String Quartet’s rural residency is made possible through generous contributions of Gary and Terie Roubos, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Colorado Council of the Arts and the Christie Lodge. For tickets call 845-TIXS or visit Vinca String QuartetWHERE: Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver CreekWHEN: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21COST: $10 for children under 12, $20 for adultsVail, Colorado

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