Composer Peter Schickele joins the Armadillo String Quartet
Barry Socher and Steve Scharf, violins
Raymond Tischer, viola, and Armen Ksajikian, cello
Celebrating 25 years together — the Haydn Marathon, the Grand Canyon concert river trips, the Hong Kong tour, P.D.Q. Bach at Carnegie Hall, and more — the Quartet welcomes Schickele again to Southern California for two performances this year. Peter and the Armadillos will be joined by guest artists clarinetist Michelle Zukovsky and pianist Guy Hallman in a program which will include:
String Quartet No. 1 “American Dreams”
Serenade for Three for violin, clarinet and piano, and Elegies for clarinet and piano
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The Armadillo String Quartet is one of Los Angeles’s premier chamber music groups, performing concerts in various venues locally and in other parts of the world. Their 1997 World Tour took them to Pasadena, Bel Air, Hong Kong and Eagle Rock, and December, 1999 found them in New York for the premiere of P.D.Q. Bach’s “Moose” Quartet at Carnegie Hall. The versatile ensemble is known for its varied repertoire: from baroque to classical to romantic to contemporary music; from serious music to humorous music; from concert music to popular music; from the sublime to the ridiculous. Founded in 1980, the Armadillos have appeared in many established chamber music series in the Los Angeles area and have been featured at several festivals in Southern California. They have also produced their own concerts which have included a 34½-hour marathon concert of the complete quartets of Josef Haydn and, since 1991, annual concerts of the chamber music of Peter Schickele. After the 10th annual ‘SchickelFest’ in March, 2000, Mark Swed wrote in the Los Angeles Times, “The performances were ever appealing. The Armadillos and their friends gave the heartening impression that they had become musicians just so that they would enjoy evenings like this.” The musicians of the quartet have performed with most of the major music organizations in the Los Angeles area as well as a number of minor ones. They have concertized extensively as solo and chamber music and orchestral performers and have participated in music festivals and armadillo races throughout North America, Europe and parts of Asia.
—Alan Rich, April, 1998, L.A. Weekly
—Richard S. Ginell, December, 2000, Los Angeles Times