July 28: The Bohemian Quartet

The popular Bohemian Quartet is making their third return to the Concerts in the Barn series. This accomplished ensemble includes violinist Agnes Kwasniewska, violinist/violaist Olga Terlitsky, cellist James Mark Pederson and pianist/harpsichordist Elena Braslavsky playing well-known and hidden gems of the contemporary and earlier classical repertoire. The Quartet will relate the historic background of their music and for this performance will embrace the acoustics of the eighteenth century Ramsaysburg barn.

In a world of fragmentation, the Bohemian Quartet, a multicultural Ensemble (as opposed to “from many cultures”), strives to integrate its audience through music using several means:

    • Playing the widest range of the repertoire (from early XVII to today’s new commission)
    • Connecting to its audience at the essence of humanity (we talk to the audience not only about the historic background of the music we play but also how it affects us)
    • Encouraging contemporary composers to write new music (we will be premiering a newly commissioned piece —an “Homage Sonata to Biber” by Bob Paoli);
    • Helping the audience to find its taste (we prepare a very diverse repertoire)
    • Playing the music we love and believe in (music can only be categorized as good and bad —-we choose to only play the good)
    • Building up the trust in our audience and creating a situation where programing the piece will be enough of a choice for people to say: “Aha, if it is programmed we should hear it (We try to learn about our audience and create the right program for its taste)

Barn doors open at 5pm and seating in the barn is on a first-come, first-served basis. Or bring your own seating.   Concert goers are encouraged to bring their own refreshments and lawn chair/blanket for a picnic in advance of the show. Picnic tables are available. Music begins at 6pm. A suggested donation of $10 helps support future events. The concert will take place rain or shine.