Dinsdag 10 maart 2020  20.00 uur

Concert door studenten in de masterfase van het Koninklijk Conservatorium.

Butter String Quartet speelt werken van vroeg-classicistisch tot vroeg-romantisch

Michela Amici, harp; Julie Hasfjord, sopraan; Annick Odom, contrabas

a Julie Annick Michela

Toegang vrij: vrijwillige bijdrage

The Butter Quartet consists of four musicians brought together by their studies at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag and their mutual love of historical performance practice of string quartet repertoire. The members are violinists Anna Jane Lester and Chloe Prendergast, violist Isabel Franenberg, and cellist Evan Buttar. They first formed as participants in a course at the Conservatorium with coach Rebecca Huber, but soon developed a passion and dynamic that extended beyond their studies.

Their current repertoire is early Classical to the early Romantic, including composers such as Richter, Vanhal, Giardini, Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven, and they take a special interest in historical string-playing techniques, such as rubato, bow strokes, portamento, etc. They have had coachings with renowned musicians and researchers such as Clive Brown and Kati Debretzeni as well as the Eybler, JACK, and Parker Quartets at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada where they attended the Evolution of the String Quartet program.

In addition to early quartet repertoire, the Butter Quartet is interested in contemporary music, bringing the same spirit of discovery to newly-composed works for historically-setup instruments. In summer 2018 they premiered a piece written by Rachel Walker entitled Mycelia Whisper Lines, and look forward to continued collaborations with composers. Most recently, the Butter Quartet performed as finalists in the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, where they were awarded the EEEmerging+ Prize. The Butter Quartet is a recipient of the Early Music America Summer Scholarship and a grant from the Adriana Jacoba Fonds.


Rumi: :“Don’t worry about saving these songs! And if one of our instruments breaks, it doesn’t matter. We have fallen into the place where everything is music. The strumming and the flute notes rise into the atmosphere, and even if the whole world’s harps should burn up, there will still be hidden instruments playing”.

Michela Amici, harp; Julie Hasfjord, soprano; Annick Odom, double bass

This newly-formed trio will present music inspired by poetry and stories celebrating the wilderness of humanity. Texts of recognized master poets Rumi and Mary Oliver, exploring the connection of the natural and spiritual world, are juxtaposed with the near-forgotten words of mothers and storytellers quietly preserved in the hills of West Virginia.

The program will include:
Rumi Songs for soprano and double bass
by Evan Premo, text by Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, translated by Coleman Barks

Two Meditations on Poems of Mary Oliver
by Evan Premo

Hello Bill
by Annick Odom, text by Irene Smith


Met deze serie concerten wil de Haagse Kunstkring conservatoriumstudenten een podium bieden in een omgeving die lijkt op een echte concertzaal. Vaak kennen studenten immers uitsluitend de concerten die binnen het conservatorium plaatsvinden. We streven naar het aantrekken van studenten in de masterfase van hun opleiding. We denken dat vooral zij een avondvullend programma van niveau kunnen brengen. Ook de Jong Talentenafdeling van het conservatorium kan met concertplannen komen. Ook zij zijn gebaat bij een podium buiten de vertrouwde sfeer van hun eigen school.

 Een groot deel van de studenten van het Koninklijk Conservatorium komt tegenwoordig uit het buitenland. De meesten willen in Nederland blijven. De Haagse Kunstkring wil met het organiseren van de YMC concerten ook bijdragen aan de integratie van deze buitenlandse jonge musici en hen in contact brengen met het publiek in Nederland en de cultuur die het Nederlandse concertleven kent.