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Listen Closely Presents ULYSSES QUARTET

Winners of the Grand Prize and the Gold Medal in the Senior String Division of the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Ulysses String Quartet was founded in the summer of 2015. Hailing from Canada, the United States, and Taiwan, members have performed in prestigious halls such as Esterházy Palace, Carnegie Hall, and the Taiwan National Concert Hall. Their exciting first season together has included concertizing with the Halcyon, Listen Closely and Massivemuse Series. Ulysses Quartet has a partnership with Groupmuse and headlines their major concerts. Members perform on instruments and bows graciously on loan from the Canada Council of the Arts Instrument Bank and the Maestro Foundation.

The name ‘Ulysses’ pays homage to Homer’s hero Odysseus and his ten year voyage home. Additionally, the quartet’s base in Washington Heights, New York City, lies in close proximity to the resting place of former U.S. president, Ulysses S. Grant. The Ulysses Quartet believes intensely in the power of music to inspire, enlighten, and bring people together. They are committed in sharing this passion by increasing access and appreciation for classical music while enhancing audience engagement. To this end, the quartet offers interactive programs and workshops for all ages that demystify traditional repertoire while introducing new and exciting works. Their programs invite participants to learn about the inner workings of the string quartet, and explore connections that music makes with our world today, through the rich history of its creation.

HVG’s Performing Arts Group: Elizabeth Anderson, Kathe Jarka and Robert La Rue

Don’t miss the innovative VC3 – prize-winning cellists – Elizabeth Anderson, Kathe Jarka and Robert La Rue – performing a repertoire spanning the entire Western musical tradition, from works of Medieval and Renaissance masters to the music of the present day. This new group has garnered acclaim for its accomplished, spirited performances of original works and transcriptions, bringing the multi-cello ensemble into the realm of serious chamber music.

HVG’s Performing Arts Group: Stanley Drucker and Kazuko Hayami

We are thrilled to welcome the legendary Stanley Drucker, former long-time NYPhil principal clarinetist, two-time Grammy nominee and Guinness world record-holder, and pianist Kazuko Hayami, a two-time “critic’s choice” in Japan and featured on Drucker’s New York Legends CD.  Having performed together over many years, Hayami has described her experience as inspiring, “utterly exciting and full of fun.”