King’s Academy, November 16, 2014 – World-class musicians the Apple Hill String Quartet stopped by King’s Academy last week as part of their Playing for Peace tour, during which they travel to areas of conflict across the globe to promote tolerance and friendship among communities through music.
The members of the quartet*, who have visited King’s several times, beginning in 2008, performed for the community during school meeting on Thursday, and answered student questions about their beginnings as musicians. Over the weekend, they conducted four chamber music workshops for some 30 musicians from King’s, the Baptist School, the National Music Conservatory, and Music House, and held two public concerts on Friday and Saturday evening (the latter included all workshop participants), both of which took place in the Gallery.
“The chamber music skills of listening, watching, leading and adjusting are just as useful outside the music world for people to learn to get along, especially in a community,” said Kelley. “It’s about finding a way to be free enough to express ourselves, to feel like we’re safe enough playing together and to demonstrate the emotions of the composer, all together.”
*Apple Hill String Quartet: Elise Kuder (violin), Colleen Jennings (violin), Michael Kelley (viola), Rupert Thompson (cello)