Marcantonio Barone and Wister Quartet return to Glencairn Museum

It’s an encore performance, of sorts, when a Grammy-nominated musical group returns to Glencairn Museum in Bryn Athyn March 19 for an astounding performance featuring pianist Marcantonio Barone and the works of Antonin Dvorak and Sir Edward Elgar.

Established in 1987, Wister Quartet is the core group of the Philadelphia chamber ensemble “1807 & Friends” which performs at Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts.

The quartet includes: Nancy Bean, assistant concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra and artistic director of “1807 & Friends,” on violin; Davyd Booth,* violinist and harpsichordist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, on violin; Pamela Fay, a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, “1807 & Friends” and a substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra, on viola; and Lloyd Smith, former assistant principal cellist and acting associate principal cellist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, on violoncello.

Barone, who performed with the Wister Quartet last May at Glencairn, made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 10. He has performed with orchestras around the world, including the Moscow Symphony Orchestra in Russia, the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra in the People’s Republic of China, the Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela and the Filarmonica de Caracas in South America. He has toured England several times and has performed in the United States with the Baltimore, St. Louis, Houston, Maryland, Stamford and San Jose symphonies. Barone was a prizewinner at both the 1985 Busoni and 1987 Leeds international piano competitions, and his performances have been broadcast widely in America, as well as by the BBC.

The Philadelphia-based Wister Quartet has been in residence at Haverford College and has performed in Europe and China, as well as throughout the eastern United States. It has been featured in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Chamber Music Series and has performed with such notable guest artists as Wolfgang Sawallisch and Yo-Yo Ma. In 1993, it established its own chamber series of five Sunday afternoon concerts held in the historic headquarters of the German Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Selections for the 3 p.m. concert, to be held in the Great Hall at Glencairn, 1001 Cathedral Road, will include String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 9 by Dvorak (1841-1904), and Piano Quintet, Op. 84 by Elgar (1857-1934).

Admission is $10; $5 for museum members and students with ID.
Information: 267-502-2600 or www.glencairnmuseum.org.

* Note to editors: Davyd is correct spelling