On Wednesday, a new string quartet by composer Joelle Wallach will be given pride of place alongside repertory favorites by Mozart and Dvorak. Commissioned by the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music and subtitled "In a slight ripple, the mind perceives the heart," this is Wallach's second string quartet (her first was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize). Wallach is active in New York City where, in addition to her composing, she has served as a pre-concert lecturer for the New York Philharmonic.
The exceptional Muir String Quartet will perform the concert. Now in its 21st season, the Muir is really a quartet of virtuoso soloists. First violinist Peter Zazofsky was well known to concert audiences when he joined the Muir in 1987. Lucia Lin somehow manages to play Second Violin in this busy group while keeping her job with the Boston Symphony. Violist Steven Ansell and cellist Michael Reynolds are founding members of the quartet, and in that capacity they have won numerous prestigious awards, including a Naumburg, and the Grand Prix du Disque.
Named after the naturalist and Sierra Club founder John Muir, this Grammy-nominated quartet channels proceeds from sales of its "EcoClassics" CDs to support environmental causes. So buy a recording at intermission.