Patients and families visiting Catawba Regional Hospice's Robinson Road campus on April 14, 2015, were fortunate to enjoy a concert of classical music, courtesy of the Omer Quartet, four graduate student musicians who have been hailed for bringing new life to the sometimes-fusty canon.
From Haydn to Gardel, the quartet graced the Catawba Valley Hospice House with stirring musical interpretations, delighting staff, volunteers, and visitors with their energy and passion. Founded in 2009, the much-lauded group - headquartered in Boston and New York City - has toured throughout the US and in Europe. The quartet includes Mason Yu (violin), Erica Tursi (violin), Alex Cox (cello), and Jinsun Hong (viola).
The Omer Quartet is currently enjoying a brief residency with the Western Piedmont Symphony in Hickory, NC, where they are auditioning in the "Battle of the Bows." This season-long competition determines which quartet of four participating groups will be named the Hickory Metro Resident String Quartet for the next three years.
Omer Quartet's performances at Catawba Regional Hospice are made possible through the support of the Millholland Family Foundation and the Western Piedmont Symphony's "Battle of the Bows." The symphony performs the final concert of its 50th season at 7:30pm on April 25, 2015, at P.E. Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University.