Amphion String Quartet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lois Cohn Associates
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts presents
Amphion String Quartet
2012-13 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence
Friday, July 19 at 8:00pm in the Spanish Courtyard

Katonah, NY – On Friday, July 19th at 8:00 PM in the Spanish Courtyard, Caramoor presents the Amphion Quartet: 2012-13 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence. In 1999, Caramoor established the annual String Quartet-in-Residence program supported by major endowment gifts from The Ernst C. Stiefel Foundation. This year they bring their Stiefel Quartet residency to a climax with the World Premiere of Yevgeniy Sharlat’s Quartet No. 2. The program will also feature Schubert’s early, innovative Quartet in G minor, D. 173 and Beethoven’s late quartet Op. 132.

TICKETS
Tickets for Amphion String Quart: 2012-13 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet in-Residence are $20.00, $30.00 and$40.00. To order tickets, call the Box Office at 914.232.1252 or visit www.caramoor.org. Groups of 16 or more may purchase discounted tickets by contacting Matthew Scarella at 914.232.5035 ext. 252 ormatthew@caramoor.org.

PRESS TICKETS
For press tickets, images, artist information or interviews, contact: Brittnee Walker at 412.601.2474,bwalker@lcohnpr.com.
PROGRAM

Amphion String Quartet: 2012-13 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet in Residence
Friday, July 19
8:oo in the Spanish Courtyard
Tickets: $20.00, $30.00, $40.00
Schubert Quartet in g, D 173
Yevgeniy Sharlat Quartet No. 2 (World premiere of Volume XIV of Caramoor’s Commissioning project:
A String Quartet Library for the 21st Century.)
Beethoven Quartet in a, Op. 132
About the Amphion String Quartet
The Amphion String Quartet was the winner of the 2011 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and has been hailed for its “precision, assertiveness and vigor” (The New York Times) and its “gripping intensity” and “suspenseful and virtuoso playing” (San Francisco Classical Voice). In addition to the Stiefel residency at Caramoor, the Quartet was recently chosen for the CMS Two Program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with the ensemble’s three-year membership beginning in 2013-14. The Quartet’s 2012-13 season includes performances at the ASQ’s Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall on the CAG series, the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, TCAN Center for the Arts (MA), The National Arts Club, the MET, a tour of Northern California with concerts at UC San Francisco, Eureka Chamber Music Series and Montalvo Center for the Arts and numerous engagements throughout the Tri-State New York area. Amphion String Quartet will also be featured internationally in South Korea at the Music Isle Festival in Jeju and at the Seoul Arts Center. In October 2012, they performed two Beethoven quartets live on WQXR as part of the Beethoven String Quartet Marathon.
About the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-In-Residence
In 1999, Caramoor established the annual String Quartet-in-Residence program supported by major endowment gifts from The Ernst C. Stiefel Foundation. The Ernst Stiefel String Quartet Residency gives Caramoor a chance to present a quartet each year for the advancement of its reputation and career, as well as to enhance the life of the Caramoor community. During the fall and spring, the Residency includes participation in the Student Strings program involving schools in many of the local school districts. The Amphion String Quartet is the thirteenth Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at Caramoor; previous quartets have included: the Linden String Quartet, the Jasper String Quartet, Avalon String Quartet, Miró Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, Rossetti String Quartet, the Daedalus Quartet, the Amernet String Quartet, the Jupiter String Quartet, the Parker String Quartet, the Escher String Quartet and the Ariel String Quartet.

About Caramoor
“We built a home, my husband and I, not to be old or new, just to be beautiful. And we built it for music.” ~ Lucie Rosen

Caramoor, the country estate of Walter and Lucie Rosen, was where they built their home and filled it with treasures. Enjoying the pleasure their friends took in the beauty of Caramoor with its art collection, gardens, and musical programs, in 1946 the Rosens established a public trust to open Caramoor to the community. Their musical evenings were the inspiration for the Caramoor Summer Music Festival, now in its sixty-eighth year, and the ongoing Music in the Rosen House series.

Since its founding, Caramoor has gained international renown as a cultural institution, presenting music of all types and inspiring artists and audiences alike.

Caramoor enriches the lives of its audiences through intimate, innovative and diverse musical performances of the highest quality. Education is a valued component of Caramoor’s mission, and Caramoor offers programs for the mentoring of young professional musicians as well as curriculum-based programs for school children emphasizing music, history and visual and decorative arts. Caramoor is often described as “a Garden of Great Music,” where audiences are invited to explore the beautiful grounds and gardens, discover the fascinating collection of period rooms and antiquities in the Rosen House, and enjoy beautiful music in the Music Room, Spanish Courtyard and Venetian theater.
Concert Venues and Gardens
Summer concerts take place in two outdoor theaters: the 1,714-seat, acoustically superb Venetian Theater and the more intimate, romantic 558-seat Spanish Courtyard. In the fall and winter all concerts are presented in the magnificent Music Room in the Rosen House. Caramoor’s gardens, also used for concerts, are also well worth the
visit and include nine unique perennial gardens. Among them are a Sense Circle for the visually handicapped, the Sunken Garden, a Butterfly Garden, the Tapestry Hedge, and the Iris and Peony Garden.

Getting To Caramoor
By car from the West Side of Manhattan and New Jersey, take the Saw Mill River Parkway north to Katonah. Exit at Route 35/Cross River. Turn right and, at the first traffic light, make a right turn onto Route 22 south. Travel 1.9 miles to the junction of Girdle Ridge Road. Follow the signs to Caramoor. (For detailed directions call 914.232.5035 and press 2, or online at www.caramoor.org). Parking at Caramoor is free.

By train, take the Harlem Division of the Metro-North Railroad to Katonah, New York. Taxi service from the station to Caramoor (5 minutes away) is available.
CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK FOR A FULL FESTIVAL CHRONOLOGY:
http://www.caramoor.org/pdf/Festival_Listings.pdf

Performances are made possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester
with funds from Westchester County Government.
Performances are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts
with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
The 2013 International Music Festival is supported in part
by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

CARAMOOR CENTER FOR MUSIC AND THE ARTS IS LOCATED AT
149 GIRDLE RIDGE ROAD, KATONAH, NEW YORK 10536.

ALL PROGRAMS AND ARTISTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE