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March 19 • 01:45 AM
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BORROMEO STRING QUARTET OPENS ONEONTA CONCERT ASSOCIATION'S 84th CONCERT SEASON


09/30/2011 - The Oneonta Concert Association will present the critically acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Oneonta's First United Methodist Church. The concert is dedicated to the late Edith Wilk, OCA board member for more than 60 years and long active in other community affairs, who died last June. The Borromeo has added the Adagio from Dvorak's "American Quartet," a favorite of Edith's, to their program.

The Borromeo has become one of the most sought after string quartets in the world, performing over 100 concerts of classical and contemporary music across three continents every season. Audiences and critics alike champion their ability to bring back the contemporary fire to often heard works from the classic repertoire while making even the most challenging new music approachable.

"To hear and see them perform has always felt to me like taking a private tour through a composer's mind," says Cathy Fuller, host of "Classics in the Morning"on WGBH.

Ongoing activities of the Borromeo String Quartet include

Frequent collaboration with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Library of Congress in Washington.

Ensemble-in-residence for NPR's Performance Today.

Long-standing residency at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (described as "one of the defining experiences of civilization in Boston" [Boston Globe].)

Ongoing series at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York, hailed as "one of New York's best kept secrets" [New York Sun].

Quartet-in-residence at the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music for 20 years.

Seven seasons mentoring emerging musicians at the famed Taos School of Music.

Season subscriptions are still available for all five OCA concerts for only $75 for adults, $25 for students, $150 for an entire family, and may be purchased at the door before the Borromeo String Quartet performance. The other four concerts on the OCA series, running from now until May, will also feature remarkable talents:

Violinist-composer Mark O'Connor with the Catskill Symphony, Oct. 22;

Jazz pianist Rossano Sportiello, Nov. 18;

Boston Chamber Music Society, March 23; and

Taylor 2 Dance Company, May 11.

Many regard the Oneonta Concert Association's seasons as the best bargain for live music and dance in the area. OCA programs are made possible, in part, by The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. OCA is also supported by the Dewar Foundation, the A.C. Molinari Foundation, and other area foundations. OCA is a member of the Otsego County Arts Alliance, funded by Otsego County Occupancy Tax Revenues and Community Bank. Community Bank is proud to support the arts and their contribution to our quality of life. OCA is also supported by Otsego County Tourism. For more information about events in Otsego County, call 800-843-3394.

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