Hess Concert, Wednesday at 12:15 pm
WFMT has its proverbial water cooler; there’s the usual banter about Hawks’ games and the weather, but these workers are first and foremost music-lovers. As new groups appear on WFMT’s multitudinous live broadcasts (Rush Hour Concerts, Impromptu, Live from WFMT etc.) – in between the, “Did you see my email about the Bernstein CD?” or “When’s Carl recording those voice tracks?” – staffers talk about the good ones. The Euclid String Quartet has been one of those.
The Euclid Quartet appeared on a WFMT series from Mayne Stage in 2011. That’s when the comments started, “Did you hear the Euclid Quartet?” and “That was a good show” and “We should ask them back” and “I’m way ahead of you.” It’s exciting to discover new talent; even staff meetings at WFMT get a lift from the anticipation of their return.
On Wednesday, May 28, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Series welcomes the Euclid String Quartet for a live concert at the Chicago Cultural Center. As always, the free concert is broadcast live on WFMT starting at 12:15 pm.
Resident at Indiana University South Bend, the Euclid String Quartet took its name from a street in Cleveland, Ohio. The members are a multinational mix representing four continents of the world: violinist Jameson Cooper (Great Britain), violinist Jacob Murphy (United States), violist Luis Enrique Vargas (Venezuela), and cellist Si-Yan Darren Li (China). They were the first American string quartet to be awarded a top prize at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. Among the group’s appearances on tour have been Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the Aspen Music Festival, and the National Gallery.