Ulysses

The Redlands Symphony presents the third in its series of virtual concerts starting Friday, Jan. 8, and continuing through Sunday, Jan. 10, featuring the award-winning Ulysses String Quartet.

The concert cycle begins at 4 p.m. on Jan. 8 and continues through 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 10. The concert is free and available through the symphony’s website at redlandssymphony.com/signature.

“In every generation there are only a few great string quartets,” according to Ransom Wilson, the Symphony’s Music Director. “The young Ulysses Quartet has already proven to be a member of this select group. Winners of competitions all over the world, they are already busy with prestigious concert engagements. I was so impressed by them that I invited them to collaborate with me on a CD, which will be released next year. Our Signature Concert is a chance for you to hear them at the start of what will certainly be an amazing career.”

Founded in the summer of 2015, the group won the grand prize and gold medal in the senior string division of the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and first prize in the 2018 Schoenfeld International String Competition. Ulysses garnered a career development grant in the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition.

In 2017, the quartet finished first in the American Prize and won second prize at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition.

Consisting of Christina Bouey and Rhiannon Banerdt on violin, Colin Brookes on viola and Grace Ho on cello, the quartet’s members hail from Canada, the United States and Taiwan. They have performed in such prestigious halls as the Harbin Grand Theatre, Jordan Hall and the Taiwan National Recital Hall. Recent performance highlights have included their debut at Alice Tully Hall and appearances at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Naumburg Orchestral Concerts.

The members of Ulysses are committed to their role as performers and educators in their communities and feel blessed to be able to bring joy to the public through their work during this difficult time. With this mission in mind, the quartet is planning a season that consists of virtual live performances and socially distanced concerts where and when safety concerns allow.

Ulysses has recently completed work on its debut album, to be released later this year, and four more albums are forthcoming soon, including collaborations with flutist Ransom Wilson and guitarist Ben Verdery, as well as albums of quartet works. As a special project, the group will record the quartets of composer Joseph Summer at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts, over the next several years.

The group’s name pays homage to Homer’s hero Odysseus and his 10-year voyage home. Additionally, the quartet’s members live near the resting place of former U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant in Upper Manhattan.

The Ulysses String Quartet believes intensely in the power of music to inspire, enlighten and bring people together.

The quartet is committed to sharing this passion by increasing access to and appreciation for classical music while enhancing audience engagement. To this end, the quartet offers interactive programs and workshops for all ages that serve to demystify the traditional repertoire while introducing audiences to exciting new works. The programs frequently enable participants to learn about the inner workings of a string quartet and to explore the connections between classical music and our world today.

For more information about the Redlands Symphony or its SignatureSERIES virtual concert season, go to redlandssymphony.com or call (909) 587-5565.

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