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String quartet to offer new spin on classic Beatles album

Posted by Liam O'Kennedy  September 26, 2012 10:00 AM

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The Boston String Quartet

The following was submitted by Music Makers Foundation:

It’s the Beatles dressed up in a Circus.
Boston String Quartet to present “String Circus” featuring the Music of Sergeant Pepper and the Beatles at Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High Street, Newburyport, MA
October 6, 2012 at 7 p.m.

This fall, the Beatles receive a completely new treatment when the Boston String Quartet unveils their much anticipated 3rd annual concert series, “String Circus,” following close on the heels of their latest series, “WorldSong”. Familiar songs such as A Day in the Life, Fixing a Hole, and for the Benefit of Mr Kite receive their first ever performance by a string quartet. Each piece will be accompanied by a video screen that will add visual images to the performance. The Boston String Quartet will also be premiering four completely original pieces on the program written by each of the four quartet members. 

The Boston String Quartet is one of very few string ensembles forging new territory in the string world by writing all original music and arrangements. Contemporaries and collaborators with the Boston String Quartet include ensembles such as the GRAMMY Winning Turtle Island and Kronos Quartets, and string celebrities such as Mark O Connor and Edgar Meyer. “By writing original compositions for string quartet, we are paving a way for our traditional instruments in a world of contemporary music” says cellist, Christina Stripling.

Under 18 FREE! Concert tickets are $20 to the general public. For more information, or to schedule interviews, please call (617) 875-7851 or visit


Christopher Vuk, violin 1
Angel Valchinov, violin 2
Chen Lin, viola
Christina Stripling, cello

Adopting a daring approach to music entertainment, the Boston String Quartet is a high-energy ensemble with an unconventional emphasis on rhythm and beats.  Since its formation in 2004, the Quartet has been a creative leader in fusing contemporary music with classical tradition, and the Boston Globe credits them with continually "exploring different ways of sparking musical interest." The members of the Quartet specialize in retelling modern music with original arrangements of rock, jazz, and world music, and have redefined the twenty-first century classical musician with a complete approach to artistry through composition/arrangement, storytelling, theatrics, and performing.

In addition to its solo work as an ensemble, the Quartet has demonstrated its longstanding commitment to music education through the establishment of mentoring relationships with dozens of secondary schools and colleges throughout the country. To this end, the Quartet has developed three highly sought-after outreach programs and residencies; The Xibus Tour, The Ethno-Urban Orchestra, and The Xibus World Orchestra, through which the ensemble teaches contemporary music techniques and improvisation to music students around the country. Collaborative public performances featuring the Quartet and the student musicians feature compositions and arrangements commissioned for the unique combination of string quartet and orchestra. 

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