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New York Philharmonic String Quartet

Friday, November 20th

6:30pm Cocktails | 7:30pm Concert

GA: $45

Day of Concert: $50

GA: Student Price – $10*

Live Video: $10

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-Franz Schubert’s Quartettsatz, #12 in c minor, D. 703

-Felix Mendelssohn’s Quartet, #2 in a minor, opus 13


-Anton Webern’s Langsamer Satz “Slow Movement”

-Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is proud to announce the New York Philharmonic String Quartet as the first chamber concert of the season! November 20th at 7:30pm is your chance to indulge your senses with some of the world’s best string players right here in downtown Fort Myers! 

During the New York Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season, four virtuosi principal musicians made the wise decision to form a string quartet resulting in a fabulous treat for the rest of us.

All four of the Quartet’s members have won multiple prestigious prizes and have performed as concerto soloists with the New York Philharmonic and orchestras around the world. The blending of these extraordinary instrumentalists: Concertmaster Frank Huang; Principal Associate Concertmaster Sheryl Staples; Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps; and Principal Cellist Carter Brey, has brought to fruition a most delectable melodic experience.

Although only recently established in January 2017, the ensemble made their first public appearance a mere two months later, at David Geffen Hall in New York City, with a performance of John Adams’s 2012 work for string quartet and orchestra, Absolute Jest. The Quartet debuted internationally during the Philharmonic’s European tour with performances at London’s Barbican Centre and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg in April the same year.

Since its founding, the quartet has earned high praise in numerous appearances. The New York Philharmonic String Quartet is already highly acclaimed as The New York Times labeled the Quartet “a marvelous ensemble” and The London Times called them “exemplary”. The Palm Beach Daily News, rightfully so, praised the musicians for their “cohesiveness, balance, perfect intonation and … refreshing non-theatrical stage presence.” 

Frank Huang | Violin

Frank Huang has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and Caramoor. He frequently participates in Musicians from Marlboro’s tours, and was selected by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to be a member of the prestigious CMS Two program. Before joining the Houston Symphony as concertmaster in 2010, Frank Huang held the position of first violinist of the Grammy Award–winning Ying Quartet.

Sheryl Staples | Violin

Sheryl Staples has performed chamber music for U.S. Ambassadors in London, Paris, Berlin, Beijing, and Hong Kong. She toured Mexico, Brazil, and Chile in 2013, and she has appeared at summer festivals including La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, Boston Chamber Music Society, Salt Bay Chamberfest, and the chamber music festivals of Santa Fe, Mainly Mozart, Seattle, Aspen, Sarasota, Martha’s Vineyard, Strings Music Festival, and Brightstar. She appears on three Stereophile CDs with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.


Cynthia Phelps | Viola

Cynthia Phelps performs with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Jupiter Chamber Players, and the Santa Fe, La Jolla, Seattle, Chamber Music Northwest, and Bridgehampton festivals. She has appeared with the Guarneri, Tokyo, Orion, American, Brentano, and Prague Quartets, and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. She is also a founding member of the chamber group Les Amies, a flute-harp-viola group with Philharmonic Principal Harp Nancy Allen and flutist Carol Wincenc.

Carter Brey | Cello

Carter Brey has made regular appearances with the Tokyo and Emerson string quartets, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and at festivals such as Spoleto (both in the United States and Italy) and the Santa Fe and La Jolla Chamber Music festivals. He and pianist Christopher O’Riley recorded Le Grand Tango: Music of Latin America, a disc of compositions from South America and Mexico released on Helicon Records.

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