Students and string quartet perform collaborative concert

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The University’s Rooke Chapel Choir and Britain’s Fitzwilliam String Quartet performed together in Rooke Chapel on Feb. 9 during the quartet’s month-long residency at the University. The Fitzwilliam String Quartet, which boasts a viola player, two violinists, and a violoncello player, has already performed multiple shows at the University this year and will continue to perform until Feb. 20.

This unique concert featured the talents of both ensembles and combined classical choir music with string music accompaniment.

“I really enjoyed the concert because not only did we get to perform our pieces with them, but they also played some pieces for us and overall it made a really nice program,” Rooke Chapel Choir member Claire Abram ’15 said.

“We only rehearsed once with the quartet, so it really shows the caliber of the group we were able to work with,” Rooke Chapel Choir member Sam Robinson ’15 said.

With the Fitzwilliam String Quartet’s accompaniment, the Rook Chapel Choir sang Franz Schubert’s “Mass in G Major,” Ola Gjeilo’s “The Ground,” Henry Purcell’s “Rejoice in the Lord Alway,” and Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater,” among many other pieces.

“It’s amazing that at a school like Bucknell, students would have the opportunity to collaborate with such talented and educated musicians from around the world. The Fitzwilliam Quartet provide musical and education feedback for students year after year. They also show students how entrepreneurship can be a fruitful and rewarding experience leading to interesting careers,” Rooke Chapel Choir member Tom Carle ’14 said.

The Fitzwilliam String Quartet will perform again on Feb. 16 and Feb. 20 in the Natalie Davis Rooke Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. The Rooke Chapel Choir sings every Sunday morning at 11 a.m. in Rooke Chapel for service.

“We really enjoyed getting to perform with such renowned musicians,” Rooke Chapel Choir member Taylor Schumann ’16 said.

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