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Two Rivers String Quartet Concert
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The Friends of Music will present the third concert of its 2017–2018 season
on Jan. 13.
The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in
Shepherdstown. It will feature the Two Rivers String Quartet.
The concert program is entitled "Contrasting Passions." It will include two
• Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884) — String Quartet No. 1 in E minor
• Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) — String Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Op.
44, No. 2.
Jed Gaylin, the music director of Friends of Music, says both works show
great passion but their styles are very different. He says the Mendelssohn
piece is "virtuosic, fleet, and intense, with moments, such as the final
chorale, of magnificent serenity." On the other hand, he says, Smetana's
quartet "is earthy, rooted in Slavic folk music traditions."
Admission to the concert will be free for Friends of Music members. The
ticket price for others will be $20 per person ($18 before December 31).
Tickets can be purchased on the Friends' website at www.friendswv.org or by
mail (FOM, PO Box 220, Shepherdstown, WV 25443). Visa and Master Card will be
If there is snow that makes travel difficult on Jan. 13, the concert will
be rescheduled to Jan. 20.