Bridge Chamber Music Festival 2014


The Artaria String Quartet is delighted to return to the 2014 Bridge Chamber Music Festival,” said Ray Shows, Artaria’s first violinist and the quartet’s founding member. “We will be performing Mozart’s inimitable Quintet for Clarinet and Strings and a world premiere quartet piece Dreaming in Waves by Venezuelan-American composer Reinaldo Moya.”

The performance will take place tonight, August 20, at St. Olaf College (Urness Recital Hall) in Northfield as part of the Bridge Chamber Music Festival. This is the first of six concerts being offered in the week-long series. Tickets are available at the door tonight for just $5.

The Artaria String Quartet’s refined and thoughtful playing has brought them critical acclaim in Europe and throughout the United States. “The Moya piece is quite unique with a mood infused flow to it and a jazzy undercurrent,” said Shows in eager expectancy.

Composer Reinaldo Moya comments: “Dreaming in Waves begins with a warm and serene texture. The first violin provides some contrast by 'floating' in and out of sync with the rest of the quartet. The first violin is jittery, and somewhat anxious, while the rest of the group continues in its gentle texture, as though in a dream.

The middle section becomes darker and more expressive. As the ensemble becomes a kaleidoscopic wave maker (the strings bow across the strings back and forth at different rates), a slow and beautiful melody begins tentatively in the viola. Gradually, it gains power and momentum as it is passed around the four instruments. There is no big climactic moment in the piece, the quartet breathes and sighs subtly. Echoes of the jittery first violin return at the conclusion of the piece, yet they seem destined to be forgotten. The piece ebbs away to silence as if it were waking from a heavy sleep.”

Moya said he grew up playing the violin, so he has always loved playing in, and writing for string quartets. “I have previously written three other pieces for this ensemble. Each of the members of a great string quartet communicates with the others in subtle, yet deep ways. Quartets breathe and move in sync, the four members feel the music as a one organism. In Dreaming in Waves I wanted to take advantage of this kind of communication, so I deviced a system of notation that allows for much greater expressive freedom for the players,” said Moya.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund. For more information, visit The evening welcomes the Artaria String Quartet with Scott Anderson, clarinet, performing Mozart's Clarinet Quintet, and a new work by Minnesota composer Reinaldo Moya, and the Bridge Chamber Players perform the Septet by Saint-Saens, joined by Christopher Atzinger, piano, and Martin Hodel, trumpet.

- written by Amy Acheson for the Bridge Chamber Music Festival

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