TESLA QUARTET — 7 p.m. Friday, January 12. The popular string quartet whose founder, Ross Snyder, is the son of our parishioners Beth and Tim Snyder, returns for a third time with an evening of excellent music-making. Suggested offering of $10.
Tesla Quartet To Make a Heralded Return to St. Peter's
Our program of special musical performances gets under way at 7 p.m. Friday, January 12, when the Tesla Quartet performs. This will be the third visit for the quartet, whose founder and violinist is Ross Snyder, son of our parishioners Tim and Beth Snyder. Praised for their technical proficiency and their "superb capacity to find the inner heart of everything they play, regardless of era, style, or technical demand,” the quartet performs internationally, with debut appearances scheduled for the current season in Germany and Hungary and concerts across the U.S. They are regular prizewinners in musical competitions. The quartet is committed to community outreach and enjoys playing at schools, hospitals, soup kitchens, and other venues for nontraditional audiences. Besides Ross Snyder, the quartet comprises Michelle Lie (violin), Edwin Kaplan (viola), and Serafm Smigelskiy (cello).
"To be completely honest, I am not a string quartet fan," says music director Dwight Thomas, "but I was captivated by Tesla’s programming and musicality at last season’s program. The quartet has a real knack for understanding compositions, whether they’re two or 200 years old, and pulling out the musical events and layers. Not to mention that they’re energetic performers, so they’re fun to watch, and it’s clearly evident they’re having fun playing together."
An offering of $10 is suggested. Our musical series continues on February 11 at 5 p.m. when Michael T.C. Hey, assistant director of music and organist at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, will perform here.