Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University presents Serafin String Quartet and Blair String Quartet

Friday, April 07, 2017

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8:00 PM
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Vanderbilt University
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The Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University will present Serafin String Quartet and Blair String Quartet in a joint performance on April 7, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. The collaborative performance is part of an exchange partnership between the two Quartets and culminates a week of master classes led by Serafin String Quartet at Vanderbilt University. In the fall of 2017, the Blair String Quartet will visit the University of Delaware, where the Serafin String Quartet serves as Quartet in Residence, for similar activities.


The Quartets share close ties through Serafin founding violinist, Kate Ransom, who grew up in Nashville, and Blair String Quartet violinist, Cornelia Heard. Both musicians studied together through high school at the Blair Academy, precursor of Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music. As students, the accomplished violinists held successive positions as concertmaster of the Nashville Youth Symphony, and both soloed with the youth orchestra. Kate Ransom's first professional job, at age 16, was as the youngest member of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Both Ms. Ransom and Ms. Heard are alumni of the University School of Nashville, which awarded Ms. Ransom it's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008.


The concert program features the Serafins playing quartets by Haydn (Op. 77#1 in G Major) and Mendelssohn (Op. 44#1 in D Major), and they will join the Blair String Quartet on the second half of the program for Mendelssohn's famed Octet for Strings.


Turner Recital Hall
Nashville, TN