Wednesday, July 10, 2019

THE DENOVO QUARTET plays works of Holbrook Robinson

The Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington St., Gloucester. MA concert season continues on Saturday, August 3 at 7:30 p.m. with chamber music of Holbrook Robinson presented by the Denovo Quartet.

Robinson has close ties with Annisquam from his childhood summers there.  The late Kira Robinson, the composer’s mother, emigrated to the U.S. during the Russian Revolution. The French-speaking group that she started upon her retirement in 1974  from Adelphi University still meets weekly in Annisquam.  Following in the academic footsteps of his parents, Holbrook is professor of French at Northeastern University with a deep passion for music.  He is a self-taught composer, strongly influenced by (mostly tonal) works in both romantic and modern music that have coherence and breadth.

Since their debut at the Deer Valley Music Festival in 2015, the Denovo Quartet has quickly established a creative presence in the greater Boston area as sought-after performers and collaborators. Mentored by the Muir Quartet at Boston University, Denovo Quartet is known for their robust sound and energetic interpretations and has been featured on numerous recital series performing both classic and contemporary repertoire. Recent engagements include performances at the Alcyon Chamber Music Series, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Brookline Library, and Parish Center for the Arts.

While remaining grounded in the standard quartet canon, Denovo's curiosities also extend to contemporary music, where they have an extensive background performing and recording new works. They were fortunate to work with Joan Tower at the Deer Valley Music Festival in the summer of 2015 and premiered Douglas Friedman's The Pilgrim, which has since inspired them to seek out exciting new music. New commissions include recording quartets written by Northeastern University professor Holbrook Robinson as well as current Northeastern University composition students.

The quartet members come from Ohio, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Washington, and hold degrees from Boston University, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Bob Jones University. Individually, they have performed around the globe on tours to China, Russia, Europe, South America, Canada, as well as across the U.S. They have attended music festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Le Domaine Forget International Music Academy, Bowdoin International Music Academy, Kent Blossom, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Spoleto Festival USA, and the National Music Festival at Washington College; and performed in master classes for such renowned musicians including William Preucil, Stephen Clapp, Christian Tetzlaff, Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Midori, as well as the Emerson, Tokyo, Arianna, JACK, and Atrium Quartets.

Each member of Denovo holds graduate music performance degrees from Boston University and freelance and teach privately in the greater Boston area, including Sudbury, Concord, Arlington, and Concord, NH.


Holbrook Robinson, composer
MaeLynn Arnold, violin
Michael Hustedde, violin
Amberly Lamphere, viola
Daniel Dickson, cello

General $20.   Seniors/Students $15
Tickets available at the door or at:
www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4292971
and at:
www.eventbrite.com/e/the-denovo-quartet-tickets-64879169342

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