UAB presents Chamber Music @ AEIVA, featuring Bayberry String Quartet, on March 10

The event will feature a tour and Bayberry String Quartet performing works by Mozart and Prokofiev in conjunction with the current AEIVA exhibition “Lily Reeves: Between Futures.”
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Jamie Schor RFP Image Enjoy a free performance by Bayberry String Quartet at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts on Thursday, March 10.

Chamber Music @ AEIVA is a free concert series that connects music with the art on display at AEIVA to present quality chamber music in an engaging, inviting environment. The series is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Music and AEIVA. It was founded in 2015 by adjunct music faculty member Laura Usiskin, DMA, who also curates each performance.  

This performance is in conjunction with the AEIVA exhibition “Lily Reeves: Between Futures.” On the program are Mozart’s String Quartet No. 4 in C Major, K. 157, and Prokofiev’s String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 92. This event is free and open to public. Space is limited; register //">online. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 6 p.m.

The Bayberry String Quartet is Usiskin with Nurit Pacht and Steffani Kitayama, violins, and Gabe Bolkosky, viola. The four members live in three different states and rehearse virtually with a digital audio workstation. They codified their virtual chamber music approach in a program they created called PhoenixPhest Virtual. The method is designed to reach musicians of all ages, skill levels and locations, and BSQ have worked with student, professional and amateur groups across North America.

Bayberry String QuartetFrom left to right, Nurit Pacht, Laura Usiskin, Gabe Bolkosky and Steffani Kitayama of Bayberry String Quartet.The name of the group, Bayberry String Quartet, comes from a neighborhood in New York, where Pacht lives, that exemplifies the spirit of teamwork and cooperation. BSQ believes that playing together is the greatest source of inspiration. Through their individual and collaborative work, the four musicians have impacted the lives of thousands of musicians.

Safety is UAB’s priority. The pandemic is a fluid situation that UAB is monitoring, in consultation with infectious disease and public health experts; performances will be subject to change based on the latest COVID-19 safety guidelines.