With more than seven decades of history, the Chautauqua Quartet is an institution of its own.
As the 2014 season enters its middle third of programming, fans of the Logan Chamber Music Series will be treated to a pair of in-house Chautauquan groups made up of members of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.
Vahn Armstrong, Diane Bruce, Eva Stern and Jolyon Pegis walked out of Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall. It was a humid Wednesday afternoon, just after 12:30 p.m. They had rehearsed with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra for three and a half hours. That evening, they would rehearse again. They were tired, they were hungry — yet they loved what they were doing.
The Chautauqua Quartet will play at 4 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall as part of the Logan Chamber Music Series, but it will not be the quartet that Chautauquans know from years past.
“I would say that the big news of this year’s Chautauqua Quartet concert is that I am the sole surviving member from last year,” said violinist Vahn Armstrong.
Of the four members of the Chautauqua Quartet, all of whom also play in the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, only Armstrong, CSO associate concertmaster, has carried over from last year’s ensemble. Principal second violinist Diane Bruce sat out from the quartet last year because of an injury but returns to the group to play.