The TXWES Department of Music is hosting a free performance at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 18, at Martin Hall featuring the ALTIUS Quartet, Dallas Symphony Orchestra Principal Harpist Emily Levin and TXWES faculty. After the performance, there will be a Q&A session and an open rehearsal with ALTIUS, where members will rehearse a piece live in front of the audience. The entire event is free and open to the public.
"This is an incredible opportunity for Texas Wesleyan students and faculty, as well as the local community, to hear internationally-acclaimed musicians on the Nicholas Martin Hall stage as they perform masterworks by great composers,” Keith Critcher adjunct professor and collaborative pianist, said.
The Department of Music is part of the Texas Wesleyan School of Arts & Letters, which gives students one-on-one instruction from engaged professors with decades of professional experience.
Altius Quartet is an ensemble determined to further the art of chamber music through performance, education and outreach. Deriving their name from the Olympic motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius (Latin for Faster, Higher, Stronger), Altius strives to communicate art to a more diverse audience through community engagement and innovative repertoire. Hailed as "rich" and "captivating" by the renowned music blog "I Care If You Listen," the Altius Quartet is garnering an international reputation and enrapturing the hearts of audiences through their charisma and dynamism. Having recently released their second album, Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartets Nos. 7, 8 and 9, Altius has received critical acclaim from Fanfare Magazine describing them as “thrilling and enthralling” and their performance as “visceral and wrenching.”
Emily Levin is the Principal Harpist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Bronze Medal Winner of the 9th USA International Harp Competition. Her playing has been praised by The Jerusalem Post for its “communicative, emotionally intense expression” and The Herald-Times commended her “technical wizardry and artistic intuition.” As a soloist, orchestral musician and chamber collaborator, Levin brings the harp to the forefront of a diverse musical spectrum, using her instrument to connect with all audiences.