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The Lux String Quartet
November 9, 2019 @ 3:00 pm$30
The Lux String Quartet (Erika Blanco and Stephanie Skor, violins; Kirsti Petraborg, viola; Eric Graf, cello) premieres David Evan Thomas’s String Quartet No. 3, Una corda. Also on the program: Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor, Opus 10.
Thomas’s quartet is a lyrical experiment and a pun, asking the players to play—as much as is practical—on only one string: una corda. The piano has an una corda pedal, which moves the dampers to allow only one string to be struck. Transferred to strings, the first movement of this work is played on each instrument’s lowest string, the G (for violin) or C (viola and cello). Movement II is played the middle two strings. The final movement uses only the highest string. With “light” its very name, it’s particularly appropriate that the Lux Quartet is presenting the premiere of this work.
Lux String Quartet is a Twin-Cities based ensemble, bringing a dynamic edge to performance and education since 2013. As avid recitalists, Lux maintains an active presence in a wide array of musical spheres, from concert halls and churches, to coffee shops and podcasts. Their concert series, “Lattes with Lux,” established an enthusiastic fan base and is currently hosted by several local, independent coffee houses around the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
A wide spectrum of musical backgrounds and tastes contributes to the group’s creativity, which is reflected in their collaborative projects with other artists. In addition to presenting classical repertoire, Lux frequently collaborates with other musicians, actors, and composers to perform contemporary works, pushing boundaries of presentation, form, and aesthetic.
Dedicated to music education and instilling a love for their art in the next generation, Lux String Quartet presents at elementary schools and other music education programs. They have served as quartet-in-residence at Augsburg University Suzuki Talent Education and the Oskaloosa Music Festival.