Performance opens Howland Chamber Music Circle Season

Guitar virtuoso Jason Vieaux joins the Escher String Quartet for the opening concert of the Howland Chamber Music Circle’s 2014-2015 season at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14, at Beacon’s historic Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St.

The Escher String Quartet (photo by Laura Rose)
The Escher String Quartet (photo by Laura Rose)

They will perform Boccherini’s popular Guitar Quintet in D Major, nicknamed Fandango for its closing movement, written in the style of the Spanish dance. In addition, the quartet will perform Respighi’s Quartet in D Major, and Vieaux will play J.S. Bach’s Lute Suite No. 1 in E minor.

Vieaux is the classical guitarist that goes beyond the classical. He has earned a reputation for putting his expressive gifts and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of recital, concerto, chamber music, teaching and recording commitments is distinguished
with return engagements throughout the U.S. and abroad.

The Escher Quartet takes its name from Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, inspired by Escher’s method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole. The Escher has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. In its hometown of New York, the ensemble serves as Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where last season they presented a critically acclaimed three-concert series featuring the quartets of Benjamin Britten.

Jason Vieaux (photo by Tyler Boye)
Jason Vieaux
(photo by Tyler Boye)

In 2013, the Quartet became one of the very few chamber ensembles to be awarded the prestigious Avery Fischer Career Grant. Within months of its inception in 2005, the Escher Quartet was invited by both Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman to be Quartet in Residence at each artist’s summer festival.

Anyone who subscribes to a concert series or makes a contribution of $30 or more automatically becomes a Howland Chamber Music Circle member. There are no additional dues. Season tickets now available, $30 single tickets for sale subject to availability. Visit or call 845-297-9243. Learn more at and

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