Armstrong performs with Peresson Quartet
Sonoma’s own Nigel Armstrong and the Peresson Quartet return to Sonoma on Friday, May 13, with a concert at the Jacuzzi Family Winery, 24724 Arnold Drive, at 7 p.m., which will be preceded by the Gala Reception at 6 p.m.
Comprised of Armstrong, violin; Luanne Homzy, violin; Min-Kyung Sung, viola; and Julian Schwarz, cello, the Peresson Quartet, was formed in March 2010 at the Colburn School.
Immediately following the May 13 concert, the quartet will be traveling to Japan to participate in the seventh Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, and then Armstrong will travel to St. Petersburg, Russia, to compete in the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition, the most prestigious violin competition in the world.
Sponsored by the Sonoma Classical Music Society, the quartet’s program will consist of the Mendelssohn String Quartet No, 6 in F minor, op 80, the last major composition Mendelssohn completed; the Shostakovich String Quartet No. 9 in E flat major (Op. 117), composed in 1964; and the Schubert String Quartet No. 15 in G major, D. 887, written in 1826; and Schubert’s final string quartet.
Before the concert, a Gala Reception will take place in the Atrium at 6 p.m., honoring the musicians and the Sonoma Classical Music Society’s seventh year of bringing classical music to Sonoma.
Special “Cabaret Seating” will be available for $50 a ticket, which includes a free bottle of wine per table of four. General admission tickets are $35 for adults, $22 for members of the Sonoma Classical Music Society and $10 for students. Tickets are available from the Society’s website, www.sonomaclassical.org, from Readers’ Books or Pharmaca and at the door.