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Tesla Quartet set to perform two concerts in Jaffrey this weekend

  • Electric Earth Concerts is presenting the Tesla Quartet in Jaffrey this Saturday and Sunday. Courtesy Photo—

  • Electric Earth Concerts is presenting the Tesla Quartet in Jaffrey this Saturday and Sunday. Courtesy Photo—

  • Electric Earth Concerts is presenting the Tesla Quartet in Jaffrey this Saturday and Sunday. Courtesy Photo—


Saturday, November 10, 2018 1:9PM

The Tesla Quartet, a group praised for their “superb capacity to find the inner heart of everything they play, regardless of era, style or technical demand,” will present a special free concert for families and children on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Jaffrey Public Library. The hour-long program, sponsored by Electric Earth Concerts, will include music of Beethoven, Ravel, and the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa Lobos.

The Tesla Quartet will also play their full program at the First Church in Jaffrey Center on Sunday at 4 p.m. Admission for that concert is $25.

The Tesla Quartet has a long record of achievement at international competitions and on stages across the U.S., and internationally. The quartet recently took second prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition, and has garnered top prizes at numerous others events, including the gold medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, third prize and the best interpretation of the commissioned work at the sixth International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna, and third prize at the 2012 London International String Quartet Competition. They are currently in residence in Hickory, North Carolina, having just completed their tenure as the Marjorie Young Bell String Quartet-in-Residence at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick.

At their founding the Tesla Quartet took inspiration from the words of Nikola Tesla: “Though free to think and act, we are held together, like the stars in the firmament, with ties inseparable. These ties cannot be seen, but we can feel them.” Through performance, teaching, and outreach, the Tesla Quartet strives to tap into the “ties inseparable” Tesla refers to, always seeking to create meaningful connections with their audiences.

The program includes selections from the following works: Villa Lobos’ String Quartet No. 17 (dedicated Mindinha, his second wife), Ravel’s String Quartet in F major (dedicated to the composer, Gabriel Fauré), and Beethoven’s String Quintet in C major, Op. 29 (dedicated to Count Moritz von Fries, a patron). Jonathan Bagg, violist, will join the Teslas for the quintet.