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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!


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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