Representing one of America’s most highly respected performing ensemble traditions, the Apple Hill String Quartet met music lovers on October 31-November 2 in Istanbul. The quartet (Elise Kuder and Colleen Jennings/Violins, Michael Kelley/Viola, Rupert Thompson/Cello) wins international praise for their rich repertoire of the chamber music literature from 18-20th century masterpieces to contemporary works by leading composers. Accompanied by the Modiri’s (Laçin Modiri/Tenor and Beste Tıknaz Modiri/Violin), they performed works of Mozart, Schumann, Saygun, and Tırpan at Kadıköy Caddebostan Cultural Center on November 2 – an event organized with the cooperation of Kadıköy Municipality and the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul.
The Apple Hill also came together with students and academicians from Avni Akyol Fine Arts High School, Istanbul University State Conservatory, and Music for Peace Foundation for a series of mini concerts/master classes and workshops during their Istanbul visit.
*Founded in 1973, the Apple Hill Chamber Players are the performing artists and faculty for the international Apple Hill Festival in Nelson, NH which is held annually. Since 1988, the Apple Hill Chamber Players have been touring the US, Middle East, Europe, and other regions of the world performing concerts, conducting master classes, and awarding Playing for Peace scholarships to further the causes of world peace and understanding – throughout the U.S. and the world. For more information: http://www.applehill.org