The New York Philharmonic String Quartet is set to captivate audiences in Prescott. The performance, scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, will take place at the Jim and Linda Lee Performing Arts Center, located at Yavapai College (YC), 1100 E. Sheldon St.

The concert marks one of seven solo, chamber and orchestral performances presented this season by the Yavapai Symphony Association (YSA). Comprised of four esteemed principal musicians from the NY Philharmonic, the quartet includes concertmaster Frank Huang, Alina Kobialka, substituting for Qianqian Li on violin, Cynthia Phelps on viola and Carter Brey on cello.

“The New York Philharmonic String Quartet is composed normally of the four heads of the string sections of the orchestra — first violins, second violins, violas and cellos for the performance,” Brey said. “For the performance in Prescott, we have a substitute second violinist because our usual second violinist, Qianqian Li, is expecting a baby next month. So, no long plane rides for her right now.”

Audiences can anticipate a mesmerizing repertoire, opening with Mozart’s String Quartet no. 19 in C major, K. 465, “Dissonance.”

“It’s one of the six quartets that Mozart wrote and dedicated to his friend Haydn, an older sort of mentor figure to him,” Brey said. “It represents Mozart at his mature best, just beautiful, balanced, classical writing, sensual, funny, moving. It’s a really beautiful piece.”

At the end of the first half, the quartet will perform a piece by Anton Webern titled Langsamer Satz (Slow Movement).

“Anton Webern wrote this as a very young man and it’s in a sort of late romantic style, very dramatic, romantic, slow music,” Brey said. “He’s mostly known as a representative of the second Viennese school from the early 20th century, which was known for its serial writing and very dissonant style.”

After intermission, the final piece the quartet will perform is Dvorak’s String Quartet no. 11 in C major, op. 61.

“It’s got all of Dvorak’s signature qualities, based very much in the folk music of his native Bohemia,” Brey said. “It’s full of fantastic dance rhythms and folk tunes and beautiful, lush harmonies. It’s a lot of fun to play and to listen to. It’s a vivid portrait of his homeland.”

Tickets for the event start at $36 and can be purchased by calling the YSA office at 928-776-4255, or at the door. Notably, tickets will not be available for purchase online. Full-time college students are eligible for discounts, and YSA extends limited free tickets to VET TIX members. All concerts will be held at the Jim and Linda Lee Performing Arts Center at Yavapai College. Additionally, parking will be provided free of charge.

The YSA’s 57th annual series will draw to a close with performances by the Phoenix Symphony at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, and the Phoenix Festival Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 26. For more information, visit yavapaisymphony.org.<br />

Jesse Bertel is a reporter/videographer for the Prescott News Network. Follow him on Facebook @ JesseBertel, email him at jbertel@prescottaz.com, or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2043.

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