Cassatt String Quartet brings performance to West Texas

“Cassatt in the Basin” brings the quartet to West Texas twice a year for concerts and music education events.

At 3 p.m. Oct. 29, the Cassatt String Quartet performs at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center in Midland. Admission is free, details are here,

The New York-based quartet brings a special program to West Texas, performing works by Zhou Long, Beethoven, Fanny Mendelssohn, and the world premiere of Adolphus Hailstork’s “Monuments” for trombone and string quartet with guest trombonist David Jackson. Jackson will also perform works by Daniela Candillari and H.T. Burleigh with pianist Shari Santorelli, a news release said.

Jackson, who teaches at University of Michigan, is a former high school classmate of Cassatt violinist Jennifer Leshnower, and they played together in the Permian High School orchestra.

“I’m so thrilled to reunite with David for this special program and bring it to our home town,” Leshnower said in the release. “Monuments is a profound memorial to 9/11 and I’m very much looking forward to sharing it with the Midland community.”

Since 2005, the quartet’s bi-annual residencies in West Texas have enriched the lives of adults and students in the community through concerts, workshops and other music events across the region.

In addition to the concert on Oct. 29, the residency from October 23-29, includes a multitude of activities in the region, including:

>> Concerts at Aphasia Center West Texas and Manor Park

>> “Informances” at the UTPB Music Hall in Midland with David Jackson and the quartet

>> Masterclasses and sectionals with the Cassatts, David Jackson, and Mark Morton at numerous schools throughout the region. A full schedule of events is at