The Metta String Quartet

You are cordially invited to our ‘Second Sunday at Six’ program:

Date:  April 9, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm

Place: All Saints Episcopal Church

           129 North Market Street

           Selinsgrove, PA 17870


Services will conclude with communion

Musical Selections will include:
  1. William Grant Still: Tamborito from Danzas de Panama
  2. Charles Tomlinson Griffes: First Sketch on Native American Tunes
  3. Fanny Hensel: Romanze from String Quartet in E-flat Major
  4. Philip Glass: #5 from Bent
  5. Fanny Hensel: Allegro molto vivace from String Quartet in E-flat Major
  6. William Grant Still, mvt. 3: Allegretto con grazia
 Musician:  Marcus Smolensky, Priscilla Auer, Christopher Para, & Rachel Kauffman

The Metta String Quartet was founded in 2011 by four friends who share a passion for playing chamber music together.  Our name, Metta, is a Sanskrit word with many meanings and the one that fits our group best is ‘close mental union’ or ‘to be on the same wavelength’.  The Metta Quartet has adopted Hans Christian Andersen’s dictum, ‘Where words fail, music speaks’.

Our mission is to share our passion for great string quartet music with audiences of all backgrounds, from sophisticated listeners to those who are just beginning their classical music journeys.  We particularly aim to perform for people ‘where they live’, whether at a homeless shelter, a hospital, or a senior center.  We believe that music enriches the human experience most when it is woven into the fabric of our lives.  In 2015, we were appointed the resident string quartet at Hershey Medical Center as part of their Center Stage concert series.  Recent performances include an appearance on the Perry County Council of the Arts, Sunday Arts Hour Concert Series, a 2015 broadcast concert from the WVIA studios on their ‘Simply Grand’ series, as well as performances at Bucknell University, York College and the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art.

Our repertoire includes music of diverse cultures, historically under-represented composers, 20th century film music, and masterworks of the classical literature.

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