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Fri, Sep 28 2018 8:00 PM

String Quartets by Darius Milhaud, Ruth Crawford, and Igor Stravinsky

Amaranth Quartet
Emily Botel and Abigail Shiman: violins, Julie Michael: viola, Helen Newby: cello

Friday, September 28, 2018
Littlefield Concert Hall

Free Admission

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Mills College
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5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94613



Igor Stravinsky
Three Pieces for String Quartet (1914)

Darius Milhaud
String Quartet No. 7, Op. 87 (1925)

Ruth Crawford String Quartet 1931

Darius Milhaud
String Quartet No. 1, Op. 5 (1912)


About Amaranth Quartet

Amaranth Quartet is committed to presenting music of all eras with equal enthusiasm and artistry. Comprised of violinists Emily Botel and Abigail Shiman, violist Julie Michael, and cellist Helen Newby, the group was founded in 2014. Rooted in the San Francisco Bay Area, Amaranth performs frequently on a variety of concert series and festivals including the Presidio Sessions, San Carlos Eclectic Music Festival, Bay Area Modern Music Festival, Old First Concerts, and the Kronos Festival. They have appeared at prominent Bay Area venues such as Herbst Theater, SFJAZZ, the Fillmore, Freight and Salvage, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Amaranth has toured throughout North America and has been featured as quartet in residence at the Banff Centre, New Music on the Point, and Lake Tahoe Music Festival, where they performed as soloists with the festival orchestra. The quartet has worked with a number of established and emerging composers including Sahba Aminikia, Ashley Fure, Tania León, Christian Wolff, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Ryan Brown. Amaranth has performed alongside Ursula Oppens and JACK Quartet.

The 2018-2019 season features the premieres of commissioned works by Sahba Aminikia, D. Riley Nicholson and Alyssa Weinberg, as well as appearances on the Shenson Chamber Music Series and Mills Music Now.

Amaranth is passionate about mentoring young chamber music groups. They have coached at Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra Camp and at schools throughout the Bay Area. In 2018 Amaranth will conduct an educational performance residency in Lake Tahoe and launch their inaugural string quartet camp in San Francisco. Amaranth was recently selected as the sole recipient of Intermusic SF’s first Cypress Award, given to a musical project that strives to make an educational impact throughout the Greater Bay Area.

Formed at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, members of the quartet also hold degrees from Bard College, Cleveland Institute of Music, McGill University, Oberlin Conservatory, and the University of Michigan. Amaranth Quartet has had the privilege of working with the Kronos, JACK, Mirò, Cypress, Ives, Concord, and St. Lawrence String Quartets.

Amaranth Quartet is fiscally sponsored by InterMusic SF.

Cost: Free Admission