Johnson County Community College’s Carlsen Center Presents NEW Digital Artists-in-Residence Opus 76 Quartet for Inaugural Season 2020-2021
New virtual chamber music series, “Eat, Drink, Play!” Will feature engaging concerts, food and wine pairings from local experts and more!
Emily Behrmann, General Manager for Carlsen Center Presents today announced the first-ever Digital Artists-in-Residence partnership with Opus 76 Quartet for the 2020-2021 season. Known for their entertaining and energetic interpretations of the classics, this group of renowned musicians based in Kansas City have been called “Kansas City’s gem of a quartet” by The Kansas City Star.
Together, the Carlsen Center Presents and Opus 76 Quartet will present a new virtual chamber music series, “Eat, Drink, Play!” These fun “date night in” concerts will be approx. one hour in length and will feature both lively performances as well as engaging programming including cameos from some beloved KC chefs offering unique wine pairings to accompany the performance and more. Concert portions will be filmed in Yardley Hall.
In addition, as part of this inaugural series and the Opus 76 Quartet Sunrise Programme, Opus 76 Quartet auditioned and chose a youth string quartet who will perform on some of these programs. This mentoring initiative provides four talented young musicians of high school age or younger with free coaching, mentoring and performing opportunities. More information about the Sunrise Programme can be found at https://opus76.org/sunrise-program.
“Behrmann stated, “Opus 76 Quartet has gained quite a following in Kansas City in a short period of two or three years. They’ve also been continuing to produce their own well-received concerts throughout the pandemic. The Carlsen Center had planned to feature them as part of our series in September 2020. In the end, the concert was recorded and broadcast. Keith and I talked about how the pandemic was dragging on and on. If we can’t invite the community into our theatres, will digital content continue? What will it look like going forward? And is there a way to reach those who might not actually come to the theatre, but want to engage at home? He proposed this series, Eat, Drink and Play, and the combination of food, wine and classical music was …well, classic! I agreed to give it a try! We may be the first venue in Kansas City to engage digital artists-in-residence!”
Keith Stanfield, founder of Opus 76 Quartet, stated, “With our exciting new partnership at The Carlsen Center, we hope to truly change the culture around classical music in Kansas City – concert by concert, event by event, and action by action. We can’t wait to get started and share these experiences with you.”
Tickets are $15 per program, available on demand for a limited time. For more information, please visit https://jccc.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1390.
Carlsen Center Presents “Eat, Drink, Play!” Opus 76 Quartet Digital Residency Series Inaugural Season
Dec. 20 Pops program, featuring Messiah, Fledermaus, Nutcracker, Winter (Largo), Carols
Jan. 21 Family program, featuring Dvorak American 1 (Sunrisers)
Feb. 22 Classics program, featuring Schubert Cello Quintet in C
April 1 Spiritual program, featuring Haydn, Seven Last Words of Christ (excerpts), Mendelssohn D Major
June. 17 Classics program, featuring Dvorak American 2 (Sunrisers), Brahms F minor Piano Quintet
About Opus 76 Quartet
The Opus 76 Quartet was formed by Keith Stanfield, Zsolt Eder, Ashley Stanfield and Sascha Groschang. The Opus 76 Quartet has since become known for its entertaining and energetic interpretations of the classics. Recently described by The Kansas City Star as “Kansas City’s gem of a quartet” the ensemble performs upwards of 50 concerts a season around the nation. A European tour is scheduled for 2022.
During the Pandemic of 2020, the Opus 76 Quartet released a live recorded Album: “Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets” – in celebration of the composer’s 250th anniversary – which was recorded live in front of an in-person audience over six performances over six weeks. The album is now available in iTunes. They are coached by recently retired founding member of the Takács Quartet, Károly Schranz. For more information, please visit Opus 76 Quartet.