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Classical music in West Virginia and Beyond

Interview: Garth Newel Piano Quartet

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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · October 2, 2009

“Chamber music is like a party or a meeting with friends.  You get together and make music, and you have a say in it, and you can make a musical difference” 

-- Evelyn Grau, Garth Newel Piano Quartet

Garth Newel Qtet

In Charleston, this weekend is all about chamber music.

On Saturday, the Garth Newel Piano Quartet is visiting from Virginia to play music by Brahms and Fauré (on a Charleston Chamber Music Society concert), and on Sunday afternoon the Montclaire String Quartet will be playing quartets by Ravel, Haydn (the Sunrise quartet – one of my favorites!), and John Cage.

I spoke with the Evelyn Grau, the viola player and artistic director of the Garth Newel Piano Quartet. The first questions on my mind were: Who or what is Garth Newel?  What’s this music center like? What music are you bringing with you here?

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Evelyn Grau, Garth Newel Piano Quartet

My favorite part of the interview was when we talked "viola stuff" -- what role the viola plays in a piano quartet, and what makes chamber music a special type of music to play.
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The world according to viola!

We also chatted about favorite composers, future plans, and the challenges of putting out new recordings.
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Garth Newel Piano Quartet interview, continued


The Garth Newel Piano Quartet will be in Charleston this Saturday, and in Lewisburg in February.  The rest of the year, they can be found at the Garth Newel Music Center in Warm Springs, Virginia.

Related posts:

* For another viola interview, check out Maggie Snyder

* More about the art of chamber music, listen to the Prima Trio

* October WV Classical Calendar

October 2009 WV Classical Calendar

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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · October 1, 2009

Oct 3: Garth Newell Piano Quartet (Charleston Chamber Music Society)

Oct 3: WVU New Music Concert 

Oct 4: Montclaire String Quartet “Soft Colors” 

Oct 4: WVU Flute Choir Concert

Oct 4: WVUMichael Vercelli (percussion) recital

Oct 6: WVU Wind Symphony Concert

Oct 9: Wheeling Symphony with cellist Zuill Bailey “Capitol Opening Night Dream”

Oct 9: WVU Percussion Ensemble Concert

Oct 10: Met Opera HD: Tosca (Barboursville, Morgantown, Pittsburgh, Ashland)

Oct 11: Brass Roots Trio (Fairmont Chamber Music Society)

Oct 12: WVUChamber Winds Concert

Oct 13: Marshall University Orchestra Concert

Oct 13: Glenville State College Music Fest

Oct 13: Tuesdays with Fran (Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg)

Oct 13: WVUStephen Redfield (violin) and Amber Shay (piano) guest recital

Oct 15-18: WV Symphony with pianist Jon Nakamatsu “Regally Romantic” (Fairmont, Charleston, Parkersburg)

Oct 15, 18: Bellini's I Puritani (Charleston, Huntington, Triadelphia, Beckley)


Oct 16: MUsic Alive Series: Music of Barber and beyond

Oct 16: WVUTuple Bassoon Duo 

Oct 17: Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra (
Shepherd University Friends of Music)

Oct 17: WV Symphony Family Concert "Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln"

October 19: Marshall University Faculty Recital: Solen Dikener, cello & Turev Berki, piano (including music by Scott Michal (interview) and David Williams (interview)

Oct 23: Andre de Moura and Eduardo Meirinhos, guitar (Marshall University)

Oct  23: Shepherd University Choir Concert

Oct 23-24: Charleston BalletDark Dances: A Halloween Happening

Oct 25: WVU Choir Concert

Oct 25: AGO Halloween Organ Recital (Christ Church United Methodist, Charleston)

Oct 25: Huntington Symphony Orchestra Family Concert

Oct 25: WVU, Rebecca Rischin (clarinet) recital and master class

Oct 26, 28: Octubafest at Marshall University

Oct 27: The Vienna Boys Choir (Shepherd University Friends of Music)

Oct 28: Met Opera HD Encore: Tosca (Barboursville,
Morgantown, Pittsburgh, Ashland)

Oct 29:
Baltimore Consort (Concord College)

Oct 29: WVU Music Gala Concert

Oct 29: WVU Graduate Wind Quintet concert

Oct 29/Nov 1: Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake (Charleston, Huntington, Triadelphia, Beckley)

Oct 30: Kandinsky Trio (Fairmont Chamber Music Society)

Oct 30: River Cities Symphony (Parkersburg) with bassoon soloist Julie Hepler


As always, let me know if I’m missing anything!

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