The Crystal Coast is, by nature, a summer destination. Its biggest attractions are the Atlantic Ocean, the pristine beaches on the ocean side of the various barrier islands, and the Intracoastal Waterway that lies between the islands and the mainland. Water, sand, sun, boats …
It turns out, however, that there is much to love about the area when the tourists go home. The weather is, on the whole, quite mild. The vistas are just as beautiful in the winter as in the summer. And the cultural environment swings from the frenetic party pace that often accompanies a vacation to something a bit more leisurely.
So it is with The American Music Festival’s 26th Concert Series which will present the Calidore Quartet on Saturday, January 23rd at 8 PM. The venue is the History Place at 1008 Arendell St. in Morehead City, only 8.6 miles from the Catnap.
[Note: the owners are planning to be doing some work at the Catnap that week but the schedule has some flexibility.]
The Calidore String Quartet, artists-in-residence and visiting faculty at Stony Brook University (SUNY), has established an international reputation for its informed, polished, and passionate performances. It won grand prizes in virtually all the major U.S. chamber music competitions, including the Fischoff, Coleman, Chesapeake, and Yellow Springs competitions and captured top prizes at the 2012 ARD Munich International String Quartet Competition, and Hamburg International Chamber Music Competition.
In addition to appearing at the History Place, the highlights of the quartet’s 2015-16 season include their debut at Carnegie Hall, Ladies’ Morning Music Club (Montreal), New York City Town Hall, performances of the complete Mendelssohn quartet cycle at the East Neuk Festival (UK) and performances of the Mendelssohn Octet with the Emerson Quartet at Princeton and Stony Brook Universities.
Using an amalgamation of “California” and “doré” (French for “golden”), the ensemble’s name represents a reverence for the diversity of culture and the strong support it received from its home of origin, Los Angeles, California, the “golden state.”