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On Sunday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m., the Jasper String Quartet  will play a concert of chamber music at the First Presbyterian Church. (Submitted photo)

On Sunday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m., the Jasper String Quartet will play a concert of chamber music at the First Presbyterian Church. (Submitted photo)

Jasper String Quartet to play at CMYS

On Sunday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m., the Jasper String Quartet  will play a concert of chamber music at the First Presbyterian Church. The quartet return to Yellow Springs to open the “Season of Winners,” a year-long celebration of previous winners of the Annual Competition for Emerging Professionals, which will have its 30th iteration in April 2015.

The Jasper String Quarter was founded at Oberlin Conservatory and won the CMYS competition in 2008. They have won numerous other awards, including the Silver Medal at the 2008 and 2009 Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions and the 2012 CMA Cleveland Quartet Award.

Since 2013 the Jaspers, as they are called, have been based in Philadelphia, where they are  Professional Quartet-in-Residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians. Their most recent honor is to have received a 2014 Classical Commissioning Grant from Chamber Music America.

On Oct. 5, the Jaspers will begin with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Quartet in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3. They continue with Four on the Floor, a 12-minute piece written by contemporary New York composer Judd Greenstein, and finish with Robert Schumann’s Quartet in A Major, Op. 41 No. 3. According to the Naples News, “The Jasper String Quartet … guarantees great music no matter what it plays.”

Concert tickets are $20 for adults and $7 for students; information on purchasing advance tickets is available at cmys.org. Season subscriptions are still available ($85 for adults, $25 for full-time students). Beginning at 6:45 p.m. Charles Larkowski will give the pre-concert lecture in the church. Those wishing to attend a post-concert dinner with the artists in a local home should contact CMYS at (937)374-8800 at least four days in advance to reserve a place.

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