Dear COS family,
Last month, Laós Chamber Music presented its first homogeneous ensemble concert; titled “Foundations,” it explored the versatility of the Piano Trio configuration. Composed of a violin, cello, and piano (although Hannah Riley’s suggestion of three pianos also sounds very lovely—although probably challenging to assemble), the Piano Trio seemingly presents as a very one- dimensional ensemble: the violin expands upon the right hand of the piano, and the cello expands upon the left. So at our last concert, we explored the immense versatility of the ensemble together, examining not only the structure and richness of the ensemble, but also how it has been reimagined by living composers into a new and exciting configuration.
I am so excited to share a similar concert this time, exploring the celebrated string quartet ensemble. Bringing together two violins, viola, and cello, the string quartet is considered to be the crown jewel of chamber ensemble, as it harnesses the near-perfect blend of the string quartet family. The string quartet also ties closely to the configuration of a soprano-alto-tenor-bass choir, and is considered to be the ensemble most similar to the sound of human voices. The String Quartet has stood the test of time and has continued to be reinvented and reimagined by countless generations of composers.
It is my great pleasure to invite you all to our upcoming Laós chamber music concert, “Palette,” on Saturday, March 18th, at 1 pm in Grace Chapel. This concert will showcase new music by Grammy-award winning composer Caroline Shaw, music by Princeton composition professor Juri Seo, and masterpieces by Anton Webern and Franz Schubert. I hope to see you there!
Dustin Seo, COS Staff Cellist
(Please note the concert is Saturday, March 18th—not Saturday, March 11th! I apologize about the miscommunication in previous flyers!)