Video: Fareed Haque & KAIA Quartet Premiere a New Take on a Classic Christmas Carol

By Keegan Morris |

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Fareed Haque and the KAIA String Quartet perform in WFMT's Levin Performance Studio

WFMT welcomed guitarist Fareed Haque and the KAIA String Quartet for an Impromptu. To kick off the program, the ensemble shared "I Know a Rose Tree Springing" ("Es ist ein Ros entsprungen"), a traditional Christmas carol. This performance was the premiere of an arrangement by Haque after the popular, early 17th century setting by Michael Praetorius.

Haque shared — "It's a lovely hymn that I have always found haunting and beautiful. [In this arrangement], I try to add guitar and some gentle modern harmonies without changing the character!"