Kaibab String Quartet

with David Koerner, Kimberly Sullivan and Sarah Walder

String Trios of Telemann, Beethoven, and Jean Cras performed by members of the Kaibab String Quartet, featuring David Koerner, Kimberlly Sullivan and Sarah Walder.

 KSQ is Northern Arizona's premier chamber ensemble for public and private concerts and events and specializes in baroque, classical and modern styles in repertoire that celebrates the diverse landscapes and cultures of the Colorado Plateau.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

4-5:30pm in the Great Rm

This FREE classical program is designed to inspire mind and heart.

 Info:   http://grandcanyonmusic.org/kaibab-quartet

Sarah Walder (cello/gamba)

Sarah graduated cum laude from Oberlin Conservatory where she studied cello and viola da gamba before continuing in Baroque cello at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. She has toured world-wide with groups like Musica Temprana, Krisztina de Châtel, Furor Musicus, and Apollo’s Fire, playing at a wide range of venues, such as Utrechts’s Vredenburg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Alte Oper Frankfurt and Seoul Arts Center.

In 2016, Sarah founded AZproject to bring cello performance directly to the streets of northern Arizona.  In 2017, she released a CD of original compositions called "Cello Trip" and expanded the street project to the Netherlands as "NLproject." Sarah holds a degree in Physical Therapy from Avans College in Breda. 

Kimberly Sullivan (viola/violin)

Kimberly is a graduate of Northwestern University and NAU string faculty member who performs with Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. She has held faculty positions at Indiana State University, Carthage College, and the Music Institute of Chicago and performed with Chicago Sinfonietta, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Ravinia Festival Orchestra.

As a recording studio artist and freelance musician in Chicago, Sullivan contributed to TV and movie soundtracks and performed with Luciano Pavarotti, Rod Stewart, Dennis DeYoung, and David Gates. She secured a reputation in string chamber music as violist for the Lyra Quartet, a quartet-in-residence at Carthage College.


David Koerner (viola/violin/keyboard)

David earned an M.M. degree in Instrumental Performance from NAU. He also has science degrees, B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from CSULB and Caltech and is currently NAU professor of astronomy.

Koerner plays viola with Flagstaff Symphony and has been violin concertmaster for Verde Valley Sinfonietta and Orchestra Northern Arizona (ONA). He recently appeared as soloist with ONA in Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

His piano awards include Los Angeles Concerto Competition, Joanna Hodges International Competition, and the Krenek Competition. He was principal pianist with Long Beach Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Murry Sidlin.

Cras, Jean - Trio pour Violon, Alto et Violoncelle (1927)

Jean Cras was a French career naval officer and inventor whose musical compositions were inspired in the early 20th century by his native Brittany, his travels to Africa, and most of all, by his sea voyages.

The String Trio integrates a wide range of styles, including North African influences and was a described as 'miraculous' by André Himonet in 1932, achieving "perfectly balanced sonority and a plenitude of expression between which one dare not choose. 

The critic, Michel Fleury, compares his work to that of painter Henri Rivière in revealing "a stylized Breton land, as though it had been passed through the sieve of his varied experiences gained in the four quarters of the globe.” It is surely one of the finest examples of musical landscape painting composed in the 20th century.

Beethoven, Ludwig van - String Trio Op.9 no.2 in D Major

The evolving genius of Ludwig van Beethoven is especially well chronicled in his 16 string quartets. It is somewhat surprising, therefore, that Beethoven delayed writing his first ones until he was nearly 30 years old. A shadow cast by his expert teacher, the “father” of the string quartet Franz Joseph Haydn, may have been responsible for the delay.

To build up confidence in the genre, Beethoven initially turned to the more difficult task of writing string trios, composing five in advance of his first quartets. His final three string trios were composed in 1797-98 as Opus 9 and were considered by him to be “the best of my works” at that time. After writing Opus 9 and the six quartets of Opus 18 (1798-1800), Beethoven never again composed string trios.

Telemann, Georg Philipp - Scherzi Melodici no. 1 (“Monday”) TWV42:A4

Georg Philipp Telemann was one of the most prolific and popular composers of the 18th century. His popularity was especially established with simple melodies and harmonies that were incorporated into pieces written for special occasions. Telemann’s Scherzi melodichii is a perfect example.

The set comprises seven suites for violin, viola and continuo that are each named for a day of the week and were composed for performance on their respective weekdays at the spa town of Bad Pyrmont. They were written for afternoon entertainment of the spa’s guests and in praise of the healing qualities of the mineral waters of Pyrmont. Telemann goes on to say that he aimed to express sublime ideas by combining a ‘stile scherzante’ (merry or joking style) with the sweetness of Italian music.

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