Watermark Art Center and Lakes Area Music Festival present a performance by the Altius Quartet on July 26 at 12:30 p.m. at Watermark. Take an “art break” during your lunch hour and enjoy beautiful music in an inspiring setting! Lemonade and cookies will be provided, but everyone is encouraged to bring a bag lunch to enjoy. Attendance is free.
The Altius Quartet (Boulder, CO) will give a laid-back performance featuring a variety of styles of music, with casual discussion between works, making it a delight for classical music enthusiasts and rookies alike.
This performance is brought to you by Lakes Area Music Festival of Brainerd, MN as a part of a statewide tour comprising its Prelude Series. To celebrate their 11th season, and to kick off a second decade of programming, the organization created a String Quartet Fellowship. From an international pool of applicant ensembles, the Altius Quartet was selected as the inaugural ensemble. They will spend this summer in Minnesota engaged in an intensive rehearsal retreat, statewide performance tour, and numerous outreach activities on behalf of LAMF. In addition to this concert in Bemidji, prior July concert locations will also include Aitkin, Brainerd, Crosslake, Deerwood, Minneapolis, Motley, Nisswa, and Park Rapids. Two different programs will be offered. Visit the LAMF website to learn more: lakesareamusic.org/prelude-series
Altius Quartet is an ensemble 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 strives to communicate art to a more diverse audience through community engagement and innovative repertoire. Hailed as “rich” and “captivating” by the renowned music blog, “I Care If You Listen,” the Altius Quartet is garnering an international reputation and enrapturing the hearts of audiences through their charisma and dynamism. Altius has also received critical praise for their musicianship and versatility on both of their albums: “Dress Code” and “Shostakovich StringQuartets 7, 8, & 9.”
Altius has also been awarded prizes at many internationally respected competitions including: the Schoenfeld International String Competition, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Coltman Chamber Music Competition, and the Plowman Chamber Music Competition. The quartet has an active performance schedule including engagements at music festivals, series, and universities throughout the United States.
Formed in 2011 at Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts, Altius is currently based in the Denver/Boulder metroplex where they held the position of Fellowship String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder. During their tenure at CU-Boulder, they were mentored by the world renowned Takács Quartet. The Altius Quartet maintains an active performance schedule with engagements at music festivals, series, and universities throughout the United States including: Carnegie Hall, Chamber Music Cincinnati, the Aspen Music Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and the Fayetteville Chamber Music Festival.
Altius Quartet is deeply committed to outreach, often performing concerts and teaching master classes in public schools and alternative performing venues including: jazz clubs, bars, and homeless shelters.