Mill City String Quartet
Admission is FREE
Huldah Niles and Erika Hoogeveen, violins
Valerie Little, viola
Ruth Marshall, cello
with Garret Ross, piano
We are kicking off our 11th season with guest pianist, Garret Ross! He is joining us for Shostakovich’s famous Piano Quintet in G Minor. Also on the program is the powerful String Quartet, Voces Intimae by Sibelius. Come hear these wonderful five movement quartets!
String Quartet in D Minor, Voces Intimae, Op. 56 - Sibelius
Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57 - Shostakovich
Founded in the fall of 2007, the Mill City String Quartet seeks to create exciting and diverse concerts for listeners both familiar and new to chamber music. In addition to our season of public concerts, we also frequently collaborate with the singers of Kantorei, work with students across Central and Southern Minnesota, and have premiered several new or lesser-known chamber music works.
In late 2011, MCSQ released a recording of Christmas music, entitled “Christmas in Mill City." It continues to be heard on Minnesota Public Radio throughout the holiday season, so be sure to tune in to Classical MPR 99.5!
In recent seasons, through a generous grant from the Mankato Symphony and the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, we toured extensively through rural communities throughout southern Minnesota. Over the course of our 13 performances, we were humbled by the warm and eager audiences and enjoyed bringing them classical music up close in their own communities. These concerts were also made possible the Minnesota Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
During the 2014-15 season, we were thrilled to be chosen as an Artist-in-Residence through Minnesota Public Radio's Class Notes program. In addition to creating a curriculum for the school music teachers, we had a fantastic and successful time performing and teaching our world music program at 7 elementary schools in early October. We were also thrilled to make two appearances on The Schubert Club's Courtroom Concert series, first with mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski, and later featuring String Quartet No. 4 by Gene Gutche.
During the 2015-16 season, we were on the road performing in Rochester and Sioux City, as well as a second trip to Naples, Florida. We also continuted our dedication to community outreach by performing at several area correctional facilities.
Last season, our first with cellist Ruth Marshall, brought another year of Minnesota Public Radio Class Notes performances in Austin and Owatonna, featuring our Music By Minors program. This program focused on young composers and the elementary school students even got to compose their own piece for string quartet! We also played five concerts at for the inmates at MCF-Shakopee, graciously sponsored through a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Arts Learning grant. Our April 2017 concert was a celebration of the 10th year of Mill City String Quartet through a commission for string quartet and guitar by Minnesota composer Jocelyn Hagen!
This season, we will make our debut at the Thursday Musical Artist Series at Antonello Hall and Mankato Symphony Orchestra's Music on the Hill series, as well as a return performance at the Minnesota State Fair and on The Schubert Club's Courtroom Concert series.
Pianist Garret Ross enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. With a perpetual interest in chamber music, Ross is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Apollo Chamber Music Festival in Houston MN. Most recently Ross has appeared on concert series and stages across the USA including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, The Roerich Museum in NYC, the Courtroom Concert Series in Saint Paul MN, Music Northwest in Seattle WA, and the Young Masters Recital Series in Valley Cottage NY. Ross performs often as the “Artu Duo” with cellist Ruth Marshall across the United States, as well as in Canada and the UK.
As a soloist, Ross gave the World Premiere of Gregory Vajda’s Csardas Obstine with the Texas Festival Orchestra and the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra. Other solo appearances with large ensemble include repertoire by Rachmaninoff, Grieg, and Hindemith. Ross was the winner of competitions including the Bruce Carlson Memorial Scholarship Competition and First Prizes in the Bethel University Concerto and Solo Performance Competitions. Ross has attended numerous festivals including the Aldeburgh Festival, Banff Centre, International Festival-Institute at Round Top, International Keyboard Institute and Festival, PianoSummer at New Paltz, and AmerKlavier Institute at Steinway Hall. He has also performed in masterclasses with pianists Menahem Pressler, Robert McDonald, Vladimir Feltsman, Thomas Sauer, Jerome Rose, Pavlina Dokovska, and Alexander Slobodyanik, among others.
An active teacher, Ross teaches students throughout the Twin Cities and conducts masterclasses around the United States.
Currently, Ross is attending the University of Minnesota for Doctor of Musical Arts studies with Alexander Braginsky. Ross also attended NYU’s Steinhardt School. His principal teachers were Alexander Braginsky and Eteri Andjaparidze. Both Braginsky and Andjaparidze studied at the Moscow Conservatory where their teachers, Teodor Gutman and Vera Gornostaeva, respectively, were students of Heinrich Neuhaus. Ross hopes to continue this tradition of piano playing through his performances and teaching.