Contrapunctus Quartet of Midwest Young Artists

January 10, 2015, 11:00 am

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Contrapunctus is a string quartet formed through Midwest Young Artists made up of 4 high school seniors from the Chicagoland area: violinist Alan Snow, 17, John Hersey High School, violinist James Hanford, 18, Evanston Township High School, violist Andrea Ferguson, 18, home schooled, and cellist Miles Link, 18, New Trier High School.

Contrapunctus is coached by Robert Bassill in Highwood, Illinois where Midwest Young Artists is based. Contrapunctus has been together for two years, with an exception to Andrea who replaced Nicholas Mowry who graduated last year. Contrapunctus was very active during the 2011-2012 year, receiving the Gold Medal at the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, held in St. Paul, Minnesota, First Place in the National Discover Chamber Music Competition, held in Highland Park, Illinois, Second Place at the Rembrandt Chamber Players Chamber Music Competition, held at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and Honorable Mention at the highly acclaimed Fischoff National Chamber Competition, held at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana. Honors of the 2010-2011 year for Contrapunctus include Honorable Mention in the National Discover Chamber Music Competition and a quarter finalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

  • Dance from String Quartet No. 1, by Chris Rogerson

  • Finale: Presto from String Quartet Op. 33 No. 3 “The Bird,” by Haydn

  • Adagio — Allegro from String Quartet No. 19, K. 465 “Dissonance Quartet,” by Mozart

  • Allegro molto from String Quartet No. 4, by Bartók

  • Allegro vivace assai from String Quartet No. 6, Op. 80, by Mendelssohn