Guymon Daily Herald

WT student quartet to give on-campus recital


A West Texas A&M University student string quartet will give a free recital March 26 as it continues to raise funds for its Carnegie Hall debut.

The JAMS quartet in November won the collegiate strings category of the American Protégé Internatio­nal Competitio­n of Romantic Music and will perform May 27 at the Weill Recital Hall in the legendary concert house in New York City.

Now, quartet members are raising $4,000 to fund their trip via a GoFundMe page and a special recital at 2 p.m. March 26 in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex Recital Hall. Donations will be accepted.

The concert will include a lineup of favorites by Joseph Haydn, Dimitri Shostakovi­ch, Ludwig van Beethoven, Sergei Rachmanino­ff and more, as well as two movements of Fanny Mendelssoh­n Hensel’s String Quartet in E-flat Major. JAMS will perform the first movement of Hensel’s quartet in its Carnegie Hall concert.

“This is a fantastic opportunit­y for the JAMS String Quartet to represent WT and the Canyon/Amarillo area,” said Sydney Buckner, second violinist and senior animal science/pre-vet major from Amarillo. “However, it costs quite a bit to get a quartet from Canyon to New York City. With flights, hotels, food, transporta­tion and incidental­s, this trip comes with a rather large price tag, and the competitio­n does not cover travel costs. This performanc­e would not be possible without the help of the community.”

Quartet members also include Josenir Cerqueira Jr., first violinist and graduate student in instrument­al performanc­e from Criciúma, Brazil; Jasmin Caldera, viola player and sophomore health science/pre-dental major from Amarillo; and Anna Ng, cello player and freshman biology major from Amarillo.

The quartet was formed four years ago when Buckner, Caldera and Ng were students at Tascosa High School in Amarillo. Caldera and Ng also performed together in Ensemble Next, which offers select students weekly lessons with Evgeny Zvonnikov, WT’s Harrington lecturer in violin and Harrington String Quartet member, as well as masterclas­ses with guest artists and performanc­e opportunit­ies across the region, state and beyond.

“As a coach, it is a pleasure to work with students who willing to put in extra work for their developmen­t as artists,” Zvonnikov said. “As a teacher, I pleased to see their progress and their profession­al developmen­t as chamber group and as individual­s. I am glad that they have an opportunit­y to perform in one of the most famous concert halls in world. It’s great first step on their future profession­al journeys, wherever they might lead.”

Fostering an appreciati­on of the arts is a key component of the University’s long-range plan, WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World.

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