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PARMA Recordings presents a live streaming concert with Altius Quartet featuring works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Shostakovich, as well as contemporary works by Nora Morrow and Ben E. King, with music from the Navona Records release QUADRANTS VOL. 3. This online benefit concert supports Altius Quartet and charitable funds organized by Musicians Foundation.
Musicians Foundation is the country’s oldest independent nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to musicians and their families in times of need, crisis or transition. Since its inception, Musicians Foundation has provided nation-wide support to thousands of musicians across all genres, offering the support necessary for them to weather financial difficulties and personal setbacks with dignity and security. Donations collected will go towards furthering Musicians Foundation efforts to support performers, educators, and composers impacted by the current crisis, and to Altius Quartet.
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Hailed as “rich” and “captivating” by the renowned music blog, I Care If You Listen, the Colorado based Altius Quartet is 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 reaches diverse audiences through community engagement and innovative repertoire. The quartet is comfortable performing in venues from art galleries and jazz clubs, to homeless shelters, and prisons.
Formed in 2011, the Altius Quartet has held the position of Fellowship String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where they were mentored by the world renowned Takács Quartet. Altius has also served as Ensemble-in-Residence at Southern Methodist University, working closely with Matt Albert, Emanuel Borok, and Andres Diaz. Altius has been a prize winner at the Fischoff, Coltman, and Plowman Chamber Music Competitions, and the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition.
Altius has shared the stage with noteable artists such as Håkan Rosengren, Anton Nel, Andres Diaz, Peter Nágy, Geraldine Walther and Bright Sheng, and maintains an active performance schedule throughout the United States and abroad. Previous engagements include Carnegie Hall, Chamber Music Cincinnati, the Aspen Music Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the University of Northern Michigan, and the Fayetteville Chamber Music Festival. Most recently, Altius was the inaugural Fellowship Quartet at the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, MN, and the String Quartet-in-Residence at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, VT. Altius is also invited as a clinician to schools throughout the country, and partners with Friends of Chamber Music to secure outreach events in the state of Colorado.
Dedicated to supporting the creation and realization of new music, Altius’ most recent album, titled Quadrants III, features works by living composers. Altius was also a recipient of the CMA Classical Commissioning Grant resulting in the composition of Michael Ippolito’s 4th String Quartet. In the spring of 2017, Altius released their debut album Dress Code on the PARMA label. The album was highly praised for its ability to “[introduce] classical music to those that are not normally fans…(Review Graveyard). Altius also received critical acclaim from Fanfare Magazine for their second album, Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 7, 8, and 9, describing their performance as “visceral and wrenching.”
Altius Quartet is currently donating all album proceeds to the Equal Justice Initiative.
Nora Essman Morrow, born in New York City has been a musician all her life. As a child she composed songs on the guitar and improvised stories at the piano. Morrow attended the Precollege Division of Manhattan School of Music and The High School of Music and Art in NYC. Introduced to modern dance accompanying through a music and movement class In her first year of college at The City University of New York, she began accompanying modern dance classes in the New York area. Continuing her musical studies and dance accompanying at The University of Utah – Salt Lake City, University of Wisconsin – Madison, and Northern Illinois University, her studies encompassed classical, contemporary, electronic, jazz, as well as music education as each school had a different focus and specialty. Throughout these college years Morrow worked with modern and ballet dancers and upon returning to New York, worked at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College and many other dance schools in the area as an accompanist and composer. In 2010 she wrote and produced an album titled, Shawna The Bird, A Musical Adventure with music that had been commissioned by a children’s modern dance school. Some of Morrow’s works can be found on a chamber works album titled, FLEETING REALMS as well as on an album of string quartets titled, QUADRANTS VOL 3. Currently residing in New York, Morrow teaches piano, accompanies dance, composes and is also working on a musical/operetta about her great grandfather’s Russian Opera Company. Her music is engaging, kinesthetic, visual and evocative.
Founded in 1914, Musicians Foundation is the country’s oldest independent nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to musicians and their families in times of need, crisis or transition.
Since its inception, Musicians Foundation has provided nation-wide support to thousands of musicians across all genres, offering the support necessary for them to weather financial difficulties and personal setbacks with dignity and security. Funds raised through concerts, events, bequests, and individual donations have enabled Musicians Foundation to spend over a century giving back to the artists who make the music.
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