Veronika String Quartet

"Music of Those Muses"

In celebration of Arts Month 2021, Veronika String Quartet with guest artist Jennifer DeDominici will present a program titled “Music of Those Muses.” Inspiring Muses of two Romantic Giants–Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann–were respectively their sister and wife. Both ladies composed and led active concertizing lives. The program will begin at 7:30PM on Friday, October 15, at Packard Hall on the Colorado College campus, located at 5 West Cache La Poudre.

Veronika String Quartet will open the concert with String Quartet by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel. It will be followed by Three Leider by Clara Schumann, featuring stunning soprano Jennifer DeDominici. Our program will close with an all-time favorite and timeless masterpiece, String Quartet “Death and the Maiden” by Schubert.

Finding ourselves on the “other end of COVID,” we are ready to celebrate our 33rd season, thankful for overcoming the challenges of the last year, for staying healthy, and for continuing to share our music.

During our 2021-2022 season— “Muse, She, the Empowering” — we will offer masterpieces written by, dedicated to, and inspired by women. VSQ was founded as all-women group, it has been run by women, and women are the majority of our audiences. We relate to this meaningful theme on a very personal level and feel empowered by this choice. We lovingly selected every work on each program, creating gorgeous music bouquets. Please refer to our calendar/series page for program details and read about our magnificent guest artists.

The safety and health of our patrons are of utmost importance. This season we will be following COVID protocols very closely. Please check our website frequently for updates. If we must cancel live performances, we will share our concert programs online.

We look forward to seeing you all and to sharing our music with you!

About the Performers:

Veronika String Quartet launched itself into the international arena early on, taking top prizes at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, Shostakovich International String Quartet Competition, and Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition. Since then, this foursome has appeared in important halls in Moscow, St. Petersburg, London, Madrid, Jerusalem, New York, Chicago, and in Germany, France, and the Netherlands, as well as throughout the United States. The Veronika String Quartet has been heard abroad at the festivals of Evian, Lucerne, and Aldeburgh, and in prestigious North American venues of Ravinia, Music Mountain and Roundtop. Noteworthy collaborations have included those with members of the Amadeus, American and Fine Arts quartets, and with guest artists Ruth Laredo, Richard Stolzman, and Lawrence Leighton Smith.

The Veronika String Quartet is firmly established in the Russian lineage, and its members represent training from the Gnessin Academy of Music and the Moscow State Conservatory. The quartet counts Valentin Berlinsky, formerly of the Borodin Quartet, and Henry Meyer, formerly of the LaSalle Quartet, as its primary influences, and it has created a unique bridge between its rich heritage and the western tradition through studies under Isaac Stern, Natalia Gutman, and members of the Guarneri, Ysaye, Cleveland, and Tokyo quartets.

The Veronika String Quartet is widely acclaimed for the purity of its interpretations of the Russian masterworks, from Tchaikovsky to Shostakovich, Schnittke, and beyond. Its performances of the complete canon of the quartet repertory, coupled with its devotion to the modernist idiom, have resulted in a discography of nine recordings on Carlton Classics and Vienna Modern Masters, featuring an impressive array of works ranging from W.A. Mozart to Augusta Read Thomas.

The Veronika String Quartet continues to endear itself to audiences and music lovers in Ohio and Colorado, where it is a vital agent in the invigoration of the arts. By recording and broadcasting for Colorado Public Radio and by presenting thematically adventurous concert series in both Colorado Springs and Pueblo, these veteran performers have single-handedly revitalized the chamber music scene in the region. The Veronika String Quartet has held artistic posts at Colorado State University and at Ohio’s Lancaster Music Festival, where it currently performs as quartet-in-residence. Musicians of the group were thrilled to start a performance residency at the Colorado College in the fall of 2019. The quartet’s commitment to the applied training of emerging young musicians is well-known, and the quartet’s idealism and its ambassadorship for music prompted the Colorado Springs Gazette to remark, “The Veronika String Quartet shared an insight into the human condition that is strictly the domain of great art and music.”

The members of the Veronika String Quartet are Veronika Afanassieva, Karine Garibova and Ekaterina Dobrotvorskaia. Cellist Igor Zubkovsky of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra has accepted a one-year position with the group for the upcoming season.

Jennifer DeDominici has a versatile performing career spanning musical theatre, opera, concert work, and even film.  Jennifer has performed with organizations such as Central City Opera, Opera Colorado, Indianapolis Opera, San Diego Opera, Piedmont Opera, Intermountain Opera, Opera Fort Collins, Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Arvada Center, National Repertory Orchestra, Fresno Philharmonic, Cleveland Pops, Milwaukee Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Inside the Orchestra, the Denver Philharmonic, and the Seabourn Cruise Line.  She was an Apprentice Artist at the Santa Fe Opera, Anchorage Opera, and Opera Colorado. She is a Henry Award winner, first-place winner of the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Auditions, a NATS Singer of the Year, and a four-time Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  She is currently a Lecturer in Voice at University of Colorado at Boulder and the principal voice instructor at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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