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Baumer String Quartet joins faculty, students for recitals

Baumer String QuartetThe Baumer String Quartet, right, joins faculty and student musicians from the UNT College of Music for a pair of performances and a weeklong residency in which the quartet will work closely with UNT students in a series of coachings, masterclasses and open rehearsals.

The first recital at 8 p.m. Feb. 6 will feature College of Music faculty Susan Dubois, viola, and Eugene Osadchy, cello. The second recital takes place at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 8. It will feature guest artist Stephen Ahearn, Dallas Symphony Orchestra clarinetist, along with UNT student performers Yalira Machado Montejo and Usman Peguero, violins; Kyung Seu Na, cello; Mathew Croft, horn; and Ryan Hardcastle, viola.

The free concerts will feature chamber works of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Brahms. Both performances take place in the Music Building, Voertman Hall.

The Baumer String Quartet, founded in 2003 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, brings together four accomplished artists who pursue parallel careers in world-class orchestras, eminent chamber groups and academia and come together for a limited touring schedule on a project-by-project basis.

For quartet member and concert organizer Nathan Olson, who serves as a co-concertmaster with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and an adjunct professor of violin, the opportunity for students to see a first-class performance and for the student musicians to play alongside professionals creates a new dynamic in their musicianship.

“All four of us in the quartet got to work with professionals when we were young musicians, so we know it’s exciting,” said Olson, adding that the students will be challenged. “Collaborating with professionals forces you to jump a level and really bring your ‘A’ game. As a student, you’re used to spending months and weeks to put a piece together; on a professional schedule you don’t get that amount of time.”

Olson added that while the members of the quartet are located in four different states, they stay together through their shared passion for chamber music.

“We all have various orchestra and teaching positions, so we arrange these weeklong projects,” said Olson. “That’s how this idea got started. I’ve worked with several chamber groups at UNT, and I thought it would be a great collaboration.” 

 - Monique Bird, News Promotions

Above, members of the Baumer String Quartet are, from left to right, John T. Posadas, viola; Aaron Requiro, violin; Nathan Olson, violin; and David Requiro, cello. Photo by Mark Kitaoka.

Posted on: Thu 15 January 2015

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