Gallery Concert: Cavani String Quartet with Guest Poet Mwatabu Okantah
Saturday, April 11, 2020, 7 pm
Described by the Washington Post as “completely engrossing powerful and elegant” The Cavani Quartet has dedicated its artistic life to communicating the joy of discovery in the service of some of the most powerful music ever written. “Their artistic excellence, their generous spirit, and their fervent ambassadorship for great music make them unique among America’s greatest string quartets.” The Cavani Quartet continues its unique journey maintaining an energetic balance between performing masterpieces by composers such as Mozart, Beethoven and Bartok; collaborating with living composers; and creating new programming that joins music, poetry, and dance. The quartet continues to inspire and shape the musical lives of the next generation through their acclaimed Art of Collaboration Seminar which emphasizes a “team -work” approach. The quartet’s thirty year legacy has garnered impressive recognition including the Ohio Governors Award for the Arts, Musical America Magazine’s Young Artists of the Year, Naumburg Chamber Music Award, The Cleveland Quartet Award at Eastman and the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. The Quartet has been featured on NPR Performance Today and St Paul Sunday Morning, and “Says You”. In addition the quartet has commissioned, premiered the music of more than thirty living composers, and collaborated with some of the greatest artists of our time including Alisa Weilerstein, Itzhak Perlman, Sergei Babayan, Jaime Laredo, Joseph Kalichstein, Sharon Robinson, Kim Kashkashian as well as members of the Cleveland,Takacs, Juilliard, Tokyo, Ying, Emerson, Cleveland, Amadeus and Guarneri Quartets. For more than 30 years, the Cavani String Quartet served as faculty and Artists- in -Residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music.where they developed and curated nationally acclaimed programs for student ensembles devoted to the serious study of chamber music.
The Cavani Quartet frequently performs their electrifying multi discipline program COLLAGE: Music & Poetry, with Poet and Professor of Pan African Studies, Mwatabu Okantah at universities and communities through the country. Other innovative programs include CONFLUENCE: New Music by Female Composers, The Art of Listening: Music and Color, as well as inspiring K-12 school workshop, MAP : Music, Art and Poetry, and for igniting instrumental music programs for elementary school children, TEAM UP WITH MUSIC.©
“A ravishing tapestry of audible human expression … By simply bringing together these connections in such an evocative way, “COLLAGE” taught me to introspective how I experience and direct emotions, leading me towards possibilities for empathy and human connect in ways I couldn’t have envisioned. “ ~ The Hudson Review