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May 10, 2019

The Making of “Spoken with Strings”

by Beth Dzwil

The Making of “Spoken with Strings”

Today we released our debut album “Spoken with Strings” on the Spring Garden Records label which describes  the album as “nine carefully chosen and artfully arranged selections from the contemporary pop canon as interpreted by the singular...

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April 24, 2019

Program notes on Debussy’s String Quartet in g minor

by Mimi Morris Kim

Claude Debussy was a young composer in 1893. Just 31 years old, he was a relative unknown and had yet to make his mark. (That would happen the following year with his orchestral masterpiece, "Afternoon of a Faun.") Like most composers of his generation, he, had for a...

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April 23, 2019

Program notes on Jennifer Higdon’s “Sky Quartet”

by Rachel Segal

“When I began composing "Sky Quartet", I envisioned the wonder and immensity of the Western sky. This is especially appropriate since the Da Vinci Quartet resides in Colorado. Every time I've been west of the Mississippi, I've always marveled at that exquisite canvas of...

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February 21, 2019

She Persisted

by Rachel Segal

Amy Marcy Cheney Beach was one of America’s foremost female composers, and the first American woman ever to have her music performed by the Boston Symphony. Her Gaelic Symphony was performed by them in 1896 when she was only twenty-nine years old. While it was received...

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February 16, 2019

Notes on Brahms Piano Quintet in f minor Op. 34: If at first you don’t succeed try, try again…

by Mimi Morris Kim

Johannes Brahms’ piano quintet had a long and difficult gestation. He composed it initially as a string quintet in 1862, modeling it after the great cello quintet of Franz Schubert. He sent the first three movements to his friends and mentors, pianist Clara Schumann and...

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February 15, 2019

Notes on Mozart’s String Quartet in Eb K.428 - the third child entrusted to Haydn

by Beth Dzwil, FSQ violist and director

Mozart’s String Quartet in Eb, K. 428, one of six dedicated to Haydn, was written in the summer of 1783. In 1781, after meeting Haydn and hearing Haydn’s Op. 33 string quartets, Mozart was inspired to master this medium. These quartets were written...

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October 19, 2018

On Writing Danzon #2

Composer Arturo Marquez writes:
“The idea of writing the Danzón No. 2 originated in 1993 during a trip to Malinalco with the painter Andrés Fonseca and the dancer Irene Martínez, both of whom are experts in salon dances with a special passion for the danzón, which they were able to transmit...

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October 15, 2018

Notes on Shostakovich’s 3rd String Quartet

by Mimi Morris-Kim

The String Quartet No. 3 in F major, opus 73, was the only work Dmitri Shostakovich composed in 1946. He was very pleased with it. He wrote to the second violinist and manager of the Beethoven Quartet, for whom he wrote the piece, that “it seems to me that I have never...

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October 13, 2018

Notes on Amazing Grace

by Rachel Segal
Photo of Jennifer Higdon by J. Henry Fair

First heard by the public on New Years Day, 1773, the original hymn "Amazing Grace" was written by former slave ship captain and slave trader John Newton, later ordained by the Church of England. It was published in 1779 but wasn’t...

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October 10, 2018

Notes on the “Quinten”


by Rachel Segal, FSQ violinist

One of my favorite days of the year is when we get together to decide on repertoire for the coming season. Last Spring at that meeting I immediately put in a request for this Haydn Quartet, wishing to revisit a staple of my young musical life. I was first...

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September 19, 2018

What’s a Harmony for Humanity Concert?

The Fairmount String Quartet will perform our annual “Harmony for Humanity” concerts on Saturday, October 20th at 7:30 PM in the Chapel at the Presbyterian Church in Chestnut Hill and on Sunday, October 21st at 3:00 PM at All Saints Church in Princeton, NJ. These performances are part of...

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August 14, 2018

The Restorative Power of “Prayer”

By Lois Herbine, flutist

I recently experienced a phenomenon with my mom like nothing I’ve seen before. I had just finished creating the raw files for Alight, my recording project with the composer Amanda Harberg at the piano, and had them with me in my phone when I went to visit my mom in...

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June 21, 2018

Fairmount Strings welcomes Leah Kim!

We are excited to share with you that Leah Kyoungwoon Kim will be joining us as core violinist with the Fairmount String Quartet. Her skill, experience and passion for chamber music make her a perfect fit for our ensemble. We are looking forward to rehearsing and performing with her next...

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April 24, 2018

Taia Harlos Departing the FSQ

It is with great sadness that we share with you that Taia Harlos is leaving the Fairmount String Quartet. In addition to the many beautiful performances she has given with us, she has played a huge role in the group’s development over the last eighteen years. We welcome you to join us for...

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October 6, 2017

Our Finalists!

In our search for a new core cellist, we were fortunate to play with a number of fine cellists at the end of the summer. We narrowed our search down to two, Mimi Morris Kim (pictured on the right) and Ezgi Yargici (pictured on the left). Ezgi will be playing our October and February...

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June 29, 2017

Farewell to FSQ cellist Linda Metzler

We are saddened to share that Fairmount String Quartet cellist, Linda Metzler, has decided to leave our ensemble. We have very much enjoyed her musicianship, her wisdom and her kind, gentle and thoughtful ways. We wish her all good things now and always!

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We will be holding auditions...

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February 28, 2017

Wolf, Britten, Ravel and Wes Anderson?

By Rachel Segal

On April 23rd, the Fairmount String Quartet will perform:

Hugo Wolf - Italian Serenade
Benjamin Britten - Simple Symphony
Maurice Ravel - String Quartet in F

I have been looking forward to this program all season! Three important works that I just adore! and if you're a...

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June 15, 2015

Barbara Jaffe Stepping Down

We are saddened to share with you that violinist Barbara Jaffe is stepping down from the Fairmount String Quartet.  Although she will continue to play with the Fairmount Chamber Ensemble and act as a violin substitute for the FSQ, she will no longer be a core member.  We are grateful for...

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October 15, 2013

More music to share

Yesterday the Fairmount String Quartet was at Morningstar Studios in East Norriton, PA, with engineer extraordinaire Glen Barratt recording some more delectable selections to share with you. This Friday is the kickoff of Fairmount Friday Playlists. Become a Facebook friend of Fairmount...

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October 1, 2013

Our new home!

Welcome to our new website!  We are excited about the fresh new look and cutting edge audio features created for us by King Design in Jenkintown, PA.  Our new logo and the “Fairmount Strings” branding bring together our original ensemble, “Fairmount String Quartet,” and its outgrowth,...

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