BLUE HILL — At 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23 at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill, the Blue Hill Concert Association will present the third concert of their 42nd winter season. The acclaimed Aizuri Quartet will captivate the audience with their “meld of intellect, technique and emotions.” Their name is drawn from aizuri-e, a style of predominantly blue Japanese woodblock printing, noted for its vibrancy and incredible detail. Emma Frucht – violin, Miho Saegusa – violin, Ayane Kozasa – viola and Karen Ouzounian – cello have been awarded the Grand Prize and CAG Management Prize at the 2018 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition and their debut album “Blueprinting” was a Grammy Nomination for 2019. This CD features new works written especially for the Aizuri Quartet by five American composers.
Their Blue Hill program, “Songs and Echoes of Home” will include selections from Dvorak’s Cypresses, Beecher’s Memories, selections from Komitas’ Folk Songs and Sibelius’ String Quartet Op. 56. On Feb. 24 in keeping with the Blue Hill Concert Association’s commitment to young people, the Aizuri Quartet will present an educational outreach for students at The Bay School and The Blue Hill Harbor School.
During the concert intermission, landscape watercolors by local artist Paul Trowbridge will be on display and the featured institution will be Kneisel Hall, often called “the cradle of chamber music.”
Tickets are $30, available at the door or online. Free admission for young people 21 and under. For more information visit bluehillconcertassociation.org or phone 207-367-2918.