Varo String Quartet presents their debut concert at the historic Rosehill Cemetery with an evening of haunting melodies and intriguing sonic landscapes. Audiences will experience the evocative music of Dmitri Shostakovich alongside innovative works by Ha-Yang Kim, Lee Hyla, and Caroline Shaw. By juxtaposing these diverse compositions, Varo String Quartet invites listeners on a journey of musical transformation that will illuminate new facets of both the well-loved and the unknown.
Varo String Quartet (Carmen Abelson and Hannah Christiansen, violins; Lena Vidulich, viola; and Isidora Nojkovic, cello) is dedicated to the celebration and expansion of the string quartet genre. Through intentional programming, VSQ engages new audiences and collaborators with a spirit of curiosity and innovation. The members of VSQ have backgrounds spanning many genres and have performed with groups including Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Thurman Barker & the Cagy Bird Orchestra, Lyric Opera Orchestra, Japanese Breakfast, Ensemble Dal Niente, Music Theatre International, and Chicago Sinfonietta. Varo String Quartet takes its name from the Surrealist painter Remedios Varo, whose vibrant creativity and lifelong pursuit of discovery inspire the Quartet’s inventive programming and spirited performances.