( Sun., Apr. 24, 2022 )
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 82 Kimberly Dr., Durham, NC 27707
The internationally acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet was founded in 1989 by violinist, Nicholas Kitchen, a Durham native who grew up at St. Stephen’s, and his wife, cellist Yeesun Kim. The other members of the quartet are violinist, Kristopher Tong and violist, Mai Motobuchi. The quartet is currently the Quartet-in-Residence at NEC (the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston) and Ensemble-in-Residence at the Heifetz International Institute of Music in Staunton, VA, where Nicholas Kitchen is Artistic Director. The quartet has also had residences at the Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum in Boston, Lincoln Center, and the Taos School of Music.
For their “home coming” concert in April they will perform Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor and Beethoven’s last string quartet Op. 135. The opening work will be the String Quartet No. 2, Variations on “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” by the Afro American composer Adolphus Hailstork (b. April 17, 1941). The concert will also include Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp major, BWV 848, arranged for string quartet by Nicholas Kitchen, in celebration of the 300th anniversary of Book I of The Well-Tempered Clavier.
A Pre-Concert Discussion will take place at 3:00 PM and a reception will follow the concert.