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MGS Presents Thalea String Quartet

The dynamic Thalea String Quartet is known for performances that reflect the past, present, and the future of the string quartet repertoire while celebrating diverse musical traditions from around the world.  Consisting of Christopher Whitley (violin), Kumiko Sakamoto (violin), Lauren Spaulding (viola), and Alex Cox, (cello), Thalea Quartet currently serves as is the Doctoral Fellowship String Quartet at the University of Maryland.

Check out this video of Thalea performing Price's Folksongs.

Directions to the Virginia Somerville Sutton Theater at Well-Spring.

Enter Well Spring Community at the Wildflower Drive entrance off of Drawbridge Parkway, not at the Main Gate.  
Follow Wildflower Drive to Event Parking Lots.  
Follow the walkway to enter the theater at the covered entrance.  There is also handicapped parking adjacent to the theater.
There will be staff there to direct you and signs for the event.

Thalea, String Quartet

Friday, November 4, 2022 - 7:30 pm
Virginia Somerville Sutton Theatre at Well-Spring

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Legacies (2021–2022)

American musical traditions have had a massive global impact. Shaped by the richly diverse people, cultures, and communities that call it home, the musical legacies of the United States have also inspired composers of the Western art music tradition. Legacies explores the influence of American musical legacies on the string quartet repertoire. Gabriella Smith’s Carrot Revolution uses string techniques from bluegrass fiddle music to thrilling effect. Alexander Vittal channels American rock ’n’ roll by way of Liverpool in his richly detailed arrangement of the B-side of the Beatles’ Abbey Road album. Channeling hip hop and the blues, DBR celebrates the life of the great civil rights figure Rosa Parks in his fifth string quartet. Finally, in one of the most revered homages to American music, Dvořák honors the Black spiritual in his most famous work for the string quartet.

  • Carrot Revolution (11 min) Gabriella Smith b. 1991
  • Abbey Road Suite (10 min) Alexander Vittal b. 1984
  • String Quartet No. 5, “Parks” (20 min) Daniel Bernard Roumain b. 1971

    “I made up my mind not to move” 
    Klap Ur Handz 


  • String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, “American” (23 min) Antonín Dvořák 1841-1904

    Allegro ma non troppo 
    Molto vivace 
    Finale: vivace ma non troppo 

Program subject to change at the discretion of the artist(s).

This concert is presented by the generous support of Well Spring.