Saugerties Pro Musica
January 13th, 2008 - 3PM

Serafin String Quartet

Classical      &     Americana
Kate Ransom and Timothy Schwarz, violins

Ana Tsinadze, viola, and Lawrence Stomberg, cello

 Sunday, January 13, 2008 at 3 o’clock

Saugerties United Methodist Church

Saugerties, New York

Program  Bios 


Serafin String Quartet


String Quartet in D Minor, Op. 76 #2 (The Fifths)* Franz Josef Haydn 
Andante o piu tosto allegretto
Menuet: Allegro – Trio
Finale: Vivace assai

Songbook for Annamaria (String Quartet No.1)** Robert Maggio

we’re bound away… (Shenandoah)
when you wake
(All The Pretty Little Horses)
jimmy crack corn…
(Blue Tail Fly)
…all the live long day
(I’ve Been Working on the Railroad)


String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10** Claude Debussy
Animé et trés décidé
Assez vif et bien rythmé
Andantino, doucement expressif
Très modéré

*Mr. Schwarz (violin I)

**Ms. Ransom (violin I)



Since their New York debut in 2004, Serafin String Quartet has consistently received superlatives in the press and ovations in the concert hall. They were lauded in the New York Concert Review for their "excellent music making... uncommonly fine interpretation..." and "ensemble and intonation ... above reproach."

The scope of the Serafin’s performance activity continues to broaden, and their recent engagements include a sold-out return to Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (September 2007), and appearances on Philadelphia’s Chamber Music Now series, at the Highlands Festival in North Carolina, Schwarz Center for the Performing Arts, University of Delaware, Rutgers University, and at Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. Serafin Quartet has performed recently in New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Vermont, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Michigan, New Jersey, and Delaware. They have been guests at Classicopia (VT) and Fanfare festivals (LA), Dartmouth College, and Emory University and the Quartet has agreed to a recording project of selected works by award-winning composer, David Laganella.

Devoted to furthering new works for quartet, SSQ has presented world premiers of Green is the Night (Mark Hagerty, 2007), “a fly is in…” (Richard Belcastro, 2006), Four Movements for String Quartet (Drew Hemenger, 2005), and String Quartet (David Laganella, 2004). In 2008 they will share in premiering a new work by Richard Prior (along with the Vega String Quartet). Their repertoire includes recent works by Robert Maggio, Maurice Wright, and Peter Flint, and a special program of all American works.

In 2007, Serafin String Quartet was named the Weinstock Ensemble In Residence for Lehigh University, where they present a variety of performances and lectures. They appear annually on the concert series at First and Central Church in Wilmington (DE) and held a community residency there for five years. SSQ frequently presents master classes and lecture recitals, including those on Beethoven, Mozart, Interpreting New Music, Chamber Music, The Voice of the American String Quartet, and The Development of the String Quartet.

The Serafins interpret and perform traditional quartet masterworks and less familiar works from the 18th century to the present. Reflecting their egalitarian viewpoint, and following the model of the revered Emerson String Quartet, the Serafin violinists share equally the responsibility for playing the first and second violin parts.

Collaboration with other artists is a frequent part of the Quartet’s activities, including an upcoming project with the Vega String Quartet, and performances with internationally recognized cellist Jeffrey Solow, and with the brilliant clarinetists Igor Begelman and Marianne Gythfeldt. The artists of the quartet have, themselves, been heralded around the globe for concerts and recordings, receiving critical acclaim in the press. Based in Delaware, the members of the ensemble now reside in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Serafin String Quartet takes its name from the great Venetian master violin maker, Sanctus Serafin, who in 1728 crafted the violin currently played by Kate Ransom. Timothy Schwarz plays a violin by Carlo Antonio Testore (1741), generously on loan from Dr. William Stegeman. Ana Tsinadze’s viola is of unknown origin, probably Russian-made in the late 19th Century. Lawrence Stomberg plays a School of Testore cello (circa 1727) obtained with generous assistance of Dr. William Stegeman.

For more information about Serafin String Quartet visit www.serafinquartet.org 



All concerts are on Sunday at 3 PM

at the Saugerties United Methodist Church

on the corner of Washington Avenue & Post Street

Admission $12 - Seniors $10 - Students Free

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