The string quartet will open the Essex concert series on Sunday at Deep River


ESSEX – The Essex Winter Series The return to in-person concerts will begin Sunday afternoon with a performance by the Brentano String Quartet and artistic director and pianist Mihae Lee.

The concert of this “world famous” quartet will begin at 3 pm at Valley Regional High School, 256 Kelsey Hill Road, Deep River, according to a press release.

The quartet, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this season, is made up of Mark Steinberg (violin), Misha Amory (viola), Serena Canin (violin) and Nina Lee (cello). The selections for the performance include pieces by Beethoven, Gesualdo and Schumann, according to the press release.

“Brilliant, virtuoso and always mellow, its members intertwined perfectly with the sound while retaining their individual personality – the Brentano Quartet… must be one of the great musical hopes of a field crowded with suitors…” said one. Los Angeles Times article. “The [players] makes each utterance sing and each phrase connect in total.

Lee has performed at venues such as Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Jordan Hall, Berlin Philharmonic, Academia Nationale de Santa Cecilia in Rome, Warsaw National Philharmonic Hall, and Taipei National Hall.

The next concert, which will take place on January 30 with soprano Patricia Schuman, is “a personal journey of airs and songs from the 17th century to the present day,” the statement said. She will be accompanied by Bradley Moore on the piano.

On February 20, Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks take the stage to celebrate Benny Goodman in the 1920s and 1930s.

The season ends on March 20 with the Resurgam Quartet (saxophone) offering a repertoire of music by Borne, Piazzolla, Schumann and Schubert.

For tickets ($ 40; $ 5 for students up to college age), visit or call 860-272-4572.

Health guidelines will be followed and may include, among other safety measures, the presentation of proof of vaccination and the wearing of a mask, according to the press release.


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