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The American Music Festival of Morehead City presents the Balourdet String Quartet in the first of four concerts of the 2022-23 music season on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 7:00 PM. The Balourdet Quartet is currently in residence at the New England Conservatory's Professional String Quartet Program in Boston, MA. The quartet received the Gold Medal in the 2020 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Second Prize in the 2019 Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition, and, most recently, top prize at the Borciani Competition in Italy.
“…an exceptionally talented group…With bows flying and notes swirling, this quartet has a bright future ahead.” - Ponca City News
Program: Works of Wolf, Debussy, and Brahms
WOLF, Italian Serenade
DEBUSSY, String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10
BRAHMS, String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2
The Balourdet String Quartet consists of Angela Bae and Justin DeFilippis, violin; Benjamin Zannoni, viola; and Russell Houston, cello. While several of these performers are still working towards completing postgraduate degrees, all of their credentials are already staggering! For full bios, see the quartet's website.
Highlights of the Balourdet’s 2022-23 season include appearances at Chamber Music Detroit, the Grand Piano Series in Naples, FL, NEC’s Jordan Hall, Merkin Hall, and Wigmore Hall. Summer 2022 also saw the Balourdet performing at festivals including Bravo! Vail, Music Mountain, and Strings Music Festival. Additionally this season, the quartet is thrilled to premiere a new commissioned work by celebrated composer Karim Al-Zand, made possible through Chamber Music America’s Classical Commissioning Grant.
All AMF concerts are held at the First Presbyterian Church of Morehead City, located at 1604 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557. Parking is free. Tickets are $32 and can be purchased online or at the door. Tickets for students or active-duty military are $16 and are available at the door. Students 18 and under and one accompanying adult chaperone may reserve free tickets by calling 252-342-5034. For more information and tickets visit www.americanmusicfestival.org or call 252-342-5034.
COVID-19 Procedures in Effect
At the time of each concert, there will be masking and seating requirements based on CDC recommendations.. Masks will be made available at the concerts.
A local “not for profit” organization, the American Music Festival (AMF) has been providing great music to Carteret County and Eastern North Carolina for the last 30 years. A portion of the ticket proceeds and donations to AMF go to provide music outreach programs for county school children. This season, AMF showcases four incredible ensembles, and Artistic Director (of AMF and Chamber Music Wilmington) Oskar Espina-Ruiz will join the Merz Trio on November 11, 2022, presenting Messiaen’s iconic Quartet for the End of Time.
The AMF is supported by the Arts Council of Carteret County, the NC Arts Council, and the National Endowment of the Arts, the Beaufort Ole Town Rotary and the Cultural Voice of North Carolina.