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On Saturday, February 27, the world-renowned Fry Street Quartet will be flying up from their residence home at the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University to perform a 7 pm concert at Hanford High School. Cellist, Marc Johnson, founded the Fry Street Quartet in Chicago in 1997, with hopes of beginning a distinct quartet, one comprised of musicians of promising backgrounds. The musicians hold degrees from Oberlin to associate concertmaster seats in prestigious groups such as the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. When all four talented musicians come together, the Fry Street Quartet perfects the “blend of technical precision and scorching spontaneity” (Strad).
This group has made its international stamp in Israel where they studied with Isaac Stern at the International Encounters Chamber Music Seminar in 2000. After working with the quartet, Stern was so pleased that he arranged for them to study at the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshop in New York City as well as arranging the group’s Carnegie Hall debut in 2001.
Since then, the Fry Street Quartet has won the Grand Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, allowing the group to serve as cultural ambassadors to the Balkan States, sponsored by Carnegie Hall and the U.S. Department of State. Other international appearances include the ProQuartet Academy at Pont-Royal, France, the Prague Chamber Festival and Trutnov Autumn Festival in the Czech Republic, Kulturvereinigung Oberschützen in Austria and three visits to the Oficina de Musica de Curitiba, Brazil.
With a mission of becoming a distinct quartet in the world of classical music, the Fry Street Quartet does not fail to disappoint. Alongside physicist and educator Dr. Robert Davies, the Fry Street Quartet has created the Crossroads Project, an all-encompassing performance that combines poetic lectures, paintings, and music, all in response to the issues of global sustainability. Crossroads: Rising Tide has seen more than 25 performances in 3 three different countries, has been featured on NPR’s “joe’s big idea”, as well as in a host of print media.
From the group’s endeavors in completing the entire Beethoven Quartet Cycle to its passion to reach out to communities like the Tri-Cities to perform, the Fry Street Quartet is definitely not one to miss. It is about time that classical music has made its way into the area and listeners will be pleased by the nuances and likability of the Fry Street Quartet.