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Aizuri Quartet — The Art of Translation

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Performance Times
The Art of Translation - McCullough Theatre | Sat, Mar 4 at 7:30 p.m.
AizuriKids - Draylen Mason Studio at KMFA | Sun, Mar 5 at 1:00 p.m.

Formed in 2012 and combining four distinctive musical personalities into a powerful collective, the Aizuri Quartet draws its name from “aizuri-e,” a style of predominantly blue Japanese woodblock printing that is noted for its vibrancy and incredible detail. They have established a unique position within today’s musical landscape, infusing all its music-making with infectious energy, joy and warmth, cultivating curiosity in listeners, and inviting audiences into the concert experience through its innovative programming, and the depth and fire of its performances.

The Aizuris view the string quartet as a living art and springboard for community, collaboration, curiosity and experimentation. At the core of their music-making is a virtuosic ability to illuminate a vast range of musical styles through their eclectic, engaging and thought-provoking programs. The quartet has been selected to receive the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 seasons. In this special program, works by Franz Schubert and pieces by some of today’s most compelling new voices, the group explores the highly personal and expressive ways in which composers transform visual art and poetry into music and consider the dynamic nature of art. The quartet will also perform a special family program ‘Aizuri Kids’ at KMFA’s Draylen Mason Studio Aizuri on Sun, Mar 5 at 1 p.m.

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Pre-Show Discussion
7 p.m. with Yevgeniy Sharlat, Associate Professor of Composition
Post-Show Q&A
Immediately after performance, featuring members of the Aizuri Quartet

Media Sponsor: KMFA-FM

The Aizuri Quartet is the recipient of Chamber Music America’s 2022 Cleveland Quartet Award. The quartet’s performance has been made possible in part by Chamber Music America and the Cleveland Quartet Award Endowment Fund.

Family matinee supported by the Carolyn Bartlett Charitable Foundation


Elegant, inquisitive.

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