Taconic Music welcomes The Indianapolis Quartet

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MANCHESTER — Taconic Music will wrap up its second festival this weekend with guest performances by The Indianapolis Quartet and the festival's Chamber Music Intensive's final student performance of the summer.

The Indianapolis Quartet, the ensemble-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis, includes Taconic Music co-director and violinist Joana Genova, who is also visiting assistant professor and director of chamber music initiatives at the university. The ensemble will perform Debussy's String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10 and Brahms' String Sextet in B-flat Major, Op. 18.

The Indianapolis Quartet (TIQ), which also features Zach DePue on violin, Michael Isaac Strauss on viola and Austin Huntington on cello, will be joined for the Brahms sextet by Taconic co-director and violist Ariel Rudiakov and cellist Sophie Shao.

TIQ, founded in 2016, has collaborated with pianist Orli Shaham, cellist Mark Kosower and clarinetist Todd Palmer, and played standing-room-only performances to critical acclaim. In addition to their regular concerts, masterclasses and open rehearsals at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, TIQ performs in venues throughout central Indiana and made its Chicago debut in the spring of 2018.

On Thursday at 11 a.m., TIQ will join Walter Parker in the studios at VPR for a live broadcast featuring the Debussy string quartet. On Friday, July 13 from 2 to 4 pm, the Quartet will lead a chamber-music masterclass at the Manchester Community Library.

Saturday's program features two affirmed masterpieces of the string literature.

Debussy, fed-up with the constraints of his conservatory training, longed to create a new musical voice that was at once distinctly French and altogether different. He felt that "music should exist above all else to give pleasure," and, with a wholly original, iridescent harmonic language and unique style, he brought to life a piece that infuses impressionism with flavors of the exotic.

Brahms composed two string sextets, with the opus 18 in B-flat Major completed in 1860, when the composer was still in his 20s. The richness of two cellos and two violas in addition to the two violins creates a bed of sound that could not be better suited to Brahms' deep and earnest musical sentiments.

On Friday from 2 to 4 p.m., the Quartet will lead a chamber-music masterclass at the Manchester Community Library. And rounding out the weekend on Sunday at 4 p.m. the NextGen Concert II at the Riley Center will feature string quartets by Ravel, Shostakovich, and Beethoven, and Schumann's piano quintet in G Minor, Op. 57, performed by members of Taconic Music's Chamber Music Intensive.

Admission to masterclasses and open dress rehearsals is $10 at the door. Suggested donation for NextGen Concerts is $10 at the door, students and kids free. Admission to Festival concerts is $25 for adults, $10 for students and kids; advance purchase discount for adult admission is available. For more information on concerts, tickets, and Taconic Music's year-round programs, visit taconicmusic.org.

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