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Ulysses Quartet with Oskar Espina Ruiz

A Quintessential Afternoon with Strings and Reeds

Sun, Oct 27, 2024 3:00 PM

Peale Museum

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Performance Information

Lauded for their “textural versatility and grave beauty,” (The Strad), the Ulysses Quartet, with members from Canada, the United States, and Taiwan, is establishing itself as one of the most promising young ensembles on the global stage. They will be joined by a “masterful soloist” (La Nación, Costa Rica), clarinetist Oskar Espina Ruiz, who is praised as a “highly expressive clarinetist” (Nevskoye Vremia, Russia) in an exciting program of classic chamber music. Experience intimate works by Vivaldi, Richter, Royer, Seth Grosshandler, and Hungarian and Armenian folk songs in the hands of these brilliant artists, and get to know them after the performance in a Meet-the-Artists event.

The Program

Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto No. 1 “Spring” from the Four Seasons

  • Allegro

KOMITAS: Armenian Folk Songs for String Quartet:

  • Vagharshabadi Dance
  • It’s Cloudy
  • Song of the Little Partridge

DANA WILSON: Selections from Hungarian Folk Songs SETH GROSSHANDLER: Suite for Clarinet Quintet

  • Pastoral
  • Scherzo
  • Adagio and Troilka
  • Dances
  • Frolic

TRADITIONAL: Selections from Last Leaf MAX RICHTER: On The Nature Of Daylight ROYER: La Marche des Scythes

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About The Artists

Oskar Espina Ruiz
Oskar Espina Ruiz
Clarinet

Oskar Espina Ruiz has been described by the press as a “masterful soloist” (La Nación, Costa Rica) and a “highly expressive clarinetist” (Nevskoye Vremia, Russia). He has performed at major concert halls and festivals to high critical acclaim, including concerto performances at the Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia, and recitals in New York City, Washington DC, Moscow, Madrid, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. He has appeared as soloist with the St. Petersburg State Academic…

Ulysses Quartet
Ulysses Quartet
String Quartet

The Ulysses Quartet has been praised for their “textural versatility,” “grave beauty” and “the kind of chemistry many quartets long for, but rarely achieve” (The Strad), as well as their “avid enthusiasm ... [with] chops to back up their passion” (San Diego Story), “delivered with a blend of exuberance and polished artistry” (The Buffalo News). The quartet “promise to bring as much sophistication, imagination and vitality to Beethoven’s other quartets as they will to music by a panoply of…

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