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Calidore String Quartet Premieres New Work by Composer Caroline Shaw

Calidore String Quartet Premieres New Work by Composer Caroline Shaw at Soka Performing Arts Center


Aliso Viejo, CA – Internationally recognized Calidore String Quartet premieres an original work by composer Caroline Shaw at Soka Performing Arts Center on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 3 p.m. Single tickets are $40 for adults, and $32 for students, seniors and active military families. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $31 each. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

Described as “the epitome of confidence and finesse” (Gramophone) and “a miracle of unified thought” (La Presse, Montreal), the Calidore String Quartet has established an international reputation for its informed, polished and passionate performances. The award-winning quartet is made up of violist Jeremy Berry, violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meeham, and cellist Estelle Choi, who all play with maturity despite their average age of 24 years old. This concert will include the debut of a new work by composer Caroline Shaw called “First Essay,” co-commissioned by Soka University of America, as well as Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18, and Schumann’s String Quartet No. 3 in A Major, Op. 41.

The Quartet made international headlines this year as the Grand-Prize winner of the inaugural M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition, the largest prize for chamber music in the world. Other major highlights of 2016 include being named a BBC New Generation Artist for the 2016-18 seasons and becoming the first North American ensemble to win the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. Additionally, the quartet begins a three-year residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two for the 2016-2019 seasons. In 2016 the quartet was named Visiting Guest Artists at the University of Delaware and will serve as Visiting Artists-in-Residence at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance.

Formed in 2010 at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, the Calidore String Quartet released its critically-acclaimed debut recording of quartets by Mendelssohn and Haydn in February 2015. In February 2016, they released an album on the French label Editions Hortus, with music by Hindemith, Milhaud, Stravinsky, de la Presle and Toch, commemorating the World War I centennial.