Episode #1945

Folk Influences

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Jasper String Quartet. The Jasper String Quartet. (Mozingo Photography)

This week, a few winners from the Astral Artists International Auditions perform a program that crosses the classical dance and folk boundaries with two very different quintets, each flanking a duet of Appalachian melodies.

Starting off the program is the Jasper String Quartet with guitarist Jordan Dodson performing a spicy rendition of Boccherini’s Fandango Quintet. Julietta Curenton on flute joins Dodson on guitar for a duet of selections from Robert Beaser’s contemporary arrangements of folk songs. Rounding out the concert is pianist Pallavi Mahidahara, accompanying the quartet in Bela Bartók’s seldom heard Quintet in C Major.

The multiple-award winning Jasper String Quartet are currently in residence at Temple University's Center for Gifted Young Musicians.

Program playlist:

Luigi Boccherini: D Major Quintet “Fandango”
— Jasper String Quartet (J Freivogel, violin; Sae Chonabayashi, violin; Sam Quintal, viola; Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello); Jordan Dodson, guitar.

Robert Beaser: selections from Mountain Songs ("Barbara Allen," "Cindy," "He’s Gone Away," "Quicksilver")
— Julietta Curenton, flute; Jordan Dodson, guitar.

Bela Bartok: Piano Quintet in C Major, fourth movement and finale
— Jasper String Quartet (J Freivogel, violin; Sae Chonabayashi, violin; Sam Quintal, viola; Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello); Pallavi Mahidahara, piano.

Recorded at the Trinity Center for Urban Life in Philadelphia on Feb. 22, 2015.

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