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Press Release: Dual Art-Music Partnership: Richmond Art Center and Del Sol String Quartet Weave Art and Music


A grant awarded by Chamber Music America provides for the SF-based Del Sol String Quartet Residency at the Richmond Art Center, bringing chamber music
and accompanying art classes to local K-12 schoolchildren.

RICHMOND, CA — SEPTEMBER 2, 2016 — As part of its much anticipated 80th Anniversary year, the Richmond Art Center is partnering with the Del Sol String Quartet (Del Sol) in a residency funded by a grant from Chamber Music America.  The residency by the Del Sol String Quartet, organized in partnership with the Richmond Art Center, has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America through its Residency Endowment Fund. Hailed by Gramophone as “masters of all musical things they survey” and two-time top winner of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the Del Sol String Quartet is a leading force in 21st century chamber music.

As part of its basic mission over the past 80 years, the Richmond Art Center has always worked to expand the cultural experience of local students to include music and the confluence of music and the process of making visual art. This grant by Chamber Music America creates the opportunity to present students (grades K-12) with the direct live experience of chamber music. This particular residency highlights the stimulating impact of music on art-making as well as the concentration art-making lends to the listening of music. With a deep commitment to education, Del Sol has reached thousands of K-12 students through inventive school performances, workshops, coaching and residencies.


photo credit: RJ Muna

The Del Sol String Quartet will perform three concerts, thematically focusing on three approaches to expression. Finding parallels in the art in the exhibition and the music performed, the students will have the opportunity to make art engaging some of the same elements in projects geared to the musical manifestations of these elements.

There are three planned performances as part of the Fall residency. Further details about each program can be found on the Richmond Art Center’s website: Suggested donation of $10 for adults attending the concert. RSVPs for workshops are requested. Please email us at or call our front desk at 510.620.6772.

Saturday, September 24th 2 p.m. (for elementary school children and their parents)
Why Patterns? Del Sol String Quartet Performs Music by Terry Riley
The first performance explores pattern and repetition. In response, the audience will view the work of artist Squeak Carnwath as she uses shape and strong color together with repetition to define and order space.

Saturday, October 8th 2 p.m. (for middle school students)
What’s Your Story? Del Sol String Quartet Performs Music by Gabriela Lena Frank, Lembit Beecher, Huang Ruo
This second performance reveals narrative elements in music. In parallel, the work of artist Hung Liu examines the unfolding of history, ideas of portrait and identity, and the power of art and music to create the beauty, hold memory, and draw on that energy to inspire.

Saturday, October 22nd 2 p.m. (for high school students)
How Did You Make That? Del Sol String Quartet performs Ruth Crawford Seeger, Steve Reich, Anthony Braxton
The third performance discusses process. In response, the work of Yvette Deas and Mildred Howard and how they use collage and layering to add richness and meaning to their work.


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