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The Serafins open the 2012-2013 season at Kennett Flash in Kennett Square, PA on September 22, 2012. The themed concert, titled "Quartet Time Machine - From Haydn to Higdon," is a collage of short selections by various composers through music history from the 1750s to today.
Serafin String Quartet returns to The Arts at Trinity in Wilmington, DE to open and close the 2012-2013 season with concerts on October 20, 2012 and April 20, 2013. The fall program offers a delightful early work of Mozart (D Major Divertimento), Beethoven's "Harp" Quartet (Op. 74), and Dohnanyi's youthful Piano Quintet (Op. 1) for which the Serafins will be joined by acclaimed pianist Victor Asuncion. Local favorite pianist, Julie Nishimura collaborates with the Quartet for the spring concert at Trinity - featuring Puccini's gorgeous Il Crisantemi, Mozart's G minor Piano Quartet and the thrilling String Quartet Op, 44#1 in A Minor, by Robert Schumann.
Serafin String Quartet is now in its third year as Quartet in Residence at the University of Delaware where they continue to work with chamber music students and present concerts and "informances" both on- and off-campus. Formal performances are scheduled for Sunday, November 11 at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 3:00 p.m., both at Gore Recital Hall. The fall concert at UD includes the Brahms G Minor Piano Quartet with Julie Nishimura, pianist. In March Beethoven's monumental quartet, Op. 132, is a program centerpiece, balanced by Haydn's "Sunrise Quartet", and the hauntingly beautiful Il Tramonto of Respighi, with the UD faculty soprano, Noël Archambeault.
Also in March, the Serafins will travel to Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, for a visiting residency. They will provide student training, present chamber music workshops and perform a concert featuring works by Beethoven, Haydn and Puccini.
Naxos will release the Serafins' next commercial disc - early chamber works by Jennifer Higdon. This disc is anticipated to be released as early as 2013. Upon hearing the master recordings prior to release, Jennifer Higdon commented, "What performances! It's just stunning...the pieces sound even better than they did in my head."
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