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Berlin based quartet has seen a lot

On Nov.9, 1989, euphoric crowds of Berliners met each other for the first time in 28 years, streaming through bridges and checkpoints, and scrambling over a wall that for decades stood as a stark, divisive symbol of two antagonistic world views — the capitalist West and the communist East — viscerally cutting the city in half.

For four young musicians from East Berlin — Tim Vogler, Frank Reinecke, Stefan Fehlandt and Stefan Forck — the fall of The Berlin Wall would provide lasting inspiration.

To celebrate the anniversarys of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and to mark 25 years of history as an ensemble, the four musicians have created a very special, collaborative music experience called The Zimro Project.

The legendary Vogler Quartet will grace the renovated Leacock Theatre stage this Friday.

Calgary audiences will have only one opportunity to hear this compelling programme — at the premiere concert of Mount Royal Conservatory’s Wyatt Artist in Residence concert series, Nov. 13.

The Vogler Quartet was formed in 1985, and quickly asserted itself internationally for its musical sophistication. Over the course of nearly 25 years of making music, the Quartet has performed the world-over, drawing from a deep well of works representing a range of periods.

“Not only does the Vogler Quartet bring a tremendous knowledge of the artistry of music,” says Bill van der Sloot, Manager of the Conservatory’s Academy program for gifted youth, “but also the wealth of German heritage in classical music performance and understanding.”

The word Zimro – meaning “singing,” — references a chamber ensemble formed in Russia at the turn of the 20th century. The music they performed, written by a group of composers that has since become known as the New Jewish School, was recognized for a beautifully melodic tone that didn’t sacrifice its popular appeal.

The work of the New Jewish School forms half of the Vogler Quartet’s Zimro Project. For a modern balance and perspective, the Quartet will also perform contemporary Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov’s piece for string quartet and klezmer clarinet, “The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind.”

Tickets are now available for this captivating concert. Call 7770, or book on-line

Learn more about the Wyatt Artist in Residence Series online and watch for further great events.

— James Bailey, Nov. 12, 2009