It’s not every day that a group of young people strikes a chord in the world of strings. But one of the great things about New York is you’re just as likely to find them showing their stuff in a back room of a bar, or in someone’s living room, as you are in a famous hall with a big audience.
The Amphion String Quartet is making the rounds of the small spaces and hidden gems of New York City venues, but they’ve already been noticed: they’ve been selected to be among the young members (so-called CMS 2) of the famous Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center next year, a real mark of honor. On Sunday, they gave vigorous and exciting performances of Wolf, Janacek, Gershwin and Mendelssohn in the tiny back room at barbès, a little bar in Brooklyn. Go hear them before they’re well-known and ticket prices triple! Fortunately, they’re playing a lot over the next week and over coming months. Physicists at Brookhaven National Lab, take note: they are playing at the lab tomorrow, Wednesday the 17th; one link says noon, another 3 pm, so I’m not sure of the actual time.
[p.s. A trusted friend also recommends the Momenta Quartet.]