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Saint John String Quartet Concert

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The beloved Saint John String Quartet will be joined by well-known pianist, composer, and Fine Arts professor Martin Kutnowski, the celebrity who accompanied the String Quartet on their fabulous four-week South American tour this summer.

The program, called “Hammers and Strings/Marteaux et Cordes,” will be reminiscent of their tour, including many of the same fabulous pieces.

Numbers include five original works by Kutnowski as well as works by Mozart, Bloch, and Glazunov. The combination of the beautiful strings of the quartet (two violins, a viola, and a cello) and a piano may answer the debate as to whether the piano is a string instrument or a percussion instrument.

Members of the Saint John String Quartet include David Adams (violin); Danielle Sametz (violin), Christopher Buckley (viola), and Sonja Adams (Cello). Sonja Adams says the Quartet, while equally comfortable on the main stage of concert halls, loves the smaller venues for these Virtuoso concerts: “The audience is very close, so there’s an intimate feel to it and it adds something to our performance as the listener is right with us, experiencing this music. We’re playing on the same level or plane, with the audience only three feet away from us. That makes for a different kind of musical experience. It’s this feeling of closeness that makes chamber music so special.”

Concert details for Hammers and Strings are as follows:

  • April 6, 2017 in Fredericton at McCain Hall, St. Thomas University at 7:30 pm
  • April 9, 2017 in Saint John at the Saint John Arts Centre at 2 pm