ART OF THE QUARTET - Sullivan Catskills
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September 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra (SCCO) presents a Chamber Music concert entitled, “Art of the Quartet” with performances in Hurleyville and White Lake this September. The program includes: Johann Sebastian Bach – selections from “Art of the Fugue”, Amy Beach – String Quartet in One Movement, Op. 89, and Ludwig van Beethoven – “Cavatina” from String Quartet No. 13, Op. 130 and Florence Price – Folksongs in Counterpoint. The performances are on Saturday, September 18th at the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre at 6 PM and Sunday, September 19th at the White Lake Reformed Presbyterian Church at 3 PM.

The artists include: Akiko Hosoi and Adrienne Harmon: Violin, Chiu-Chen Liu: Viola and Luke Krafka: Cello. The Host will be Emma Tattenbaum-Fine.

Bach is known as one of the greatest contrapuntists in the Western European tradition of music. He set the modern standard for counterpoint in his catalogue of over 1000 compositions for choir, ensemble, and orchestra. In his final years, Bach pushed the limits of his counterpoint practice into a near completed collection titled “Art of the Fugue.” This collection of Fugues and Canons has been a source of education and inspiration for future composers. Amy Beach and Florence price were two composers who shattered the glass ceiling with a talent for performance and composition that was compared to Bach, by the critics and masses, with counterpoint being the thread that ties them all together. Using the string quartet as a vehicle, Amy Beach and Florence Price borrowed folk themes from the Inuit nation and African American spirituals to write two extraordinary pieces of music inspired by their studies and their lives that Bach would no doubt find mesmerizing. As for Beethoven, “cavatina” means a solo song. As described by Evan Leslie of New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, “Beethoven’s Cavatina unfolds like a solo, with cello, viola, violin-two accompanying a plain, slowly sung, lonely melody in the first violin. The first violin is a solo singer. About two-thirds through Cavatina, Beethoven provides an unusual instruction in the quartet’s score: beklemmt. It is not a common music term. Translations include choked, oppressed and heavy of heart. The music transforms radically and suddenly. The violin solo, now gaunt, stutters through clipped utterances over a faint pulse.”

Tickets for Saturday’s performance at the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre may be purchased at: Please email with any inquiries. Tickets for Sunday’s performance at the White Lake Reformed Presbyterian Church may be purchased by visiting: Questions? Call (845) 798-9006. Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for students at both venues. Seating capacity will remain limited and safety protocols will be followed as per CDC guidelines at both venues. Masks will be required for all upcoming SCCO and NCA events. Please purchase tickets in advance. For more information, visit, or email:

SCCO is a Nesin Cultural Arts supported project. This program is made possible in part by funds from M&T Bank Charitable Foundation and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathleen Courtney Hochul and the NY State Legislature.
(photo) The Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra performs at the White Lake Reformed Presbyterian Church in 2019.


September 18
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm