Wister Quartet in Concert

Doors open at 2:30 pm

TICKETS SOLD ONLY AT THE DOOR. $15 Adults, $10 Members/Students with I.D.

When the Grammy-nominated ensemble returns to Glencairn, their program will include works by Mozart, Frank James Staneck and Alexander Borodin.

The famed chamber music quartet, in their 25th season, consistently earns high marks from critics and audiences alike for outstanding musicianship and memorable performances with artists like cellist Yo Yo Ma. Group members include Lloyd Smith, cello; Nancy Bean, violin; Davyd Booth, violin, and Pamela Fay, violin. The ensemble has performed at Glencairn a number of times since its debut here in 1992. Of the venue, Smith said in a recent interview, “It is an architectural treasure and visual masterpiece.”

Lloyd has been a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1967 and was its Acting Associate Principal cellist before retiring in 2003 to devote himself to chamber music and composing. He is cellist of the Wister Quartet, a member of 1807 & Friends chamber ensemble, the Barnard Trio, the Florian Trio and the Amerita Chamber Players. A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, his teachers were Leonard Rose and Orlando Cole. At the Marlboro Music Festival he was coached by Pablo Casals and members of the Budapest String Quartet. His compositions include a cello sonata, a string quintet, two string quartets and a work for six celli.

Nancy Bean became a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1983 and was its Assistant Concertmaster from 1986 until 2009, when she retired to devote herself to chamber music. She is Artistic Director of 1807 & Friends, first violinist of the Wister Quartet and the Amerita Chamber Players, and violinist with the Barnard Trio, the Florian Trio, Duo Paganini and Duo Parisienne. A Seattle native, she is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Jascha Brodsky and Felix Galimir. She has performed in chamber concerts with Wolfgang Sawallisch, Christoph Eschenbach, Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Alicia de Larrocha, Radu Lupu, Yo-Yo Ma and Garrick Ohlsson.

Davyd Booth, who plays both violin and piano, has been a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1973 as a violinist and in 1999 became its harpsichordist. He is Co-Director and harpsichordist of Amerita Chamber Players, second violinist of the Wister Quartet, pianist of the Barnard Trio, and a member of 1807 & Friends chamber ensemble. He was a member of the Philarte Quartet for fourteen years and with that group has made tours to South America, Asia and Central Europe. A graduate of the New School of Music, he studied violin with Jascha Brodsky and piano with Susan Starr and Martha Massena.

Pamela Fay is a native of Vancouver, Canada. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she studied with Lorand Fenyves. She participated in the Banff Summer Music Festival where she was coached by William Primrose and members of the Hungarian String Quartet. She is a substitute with The Philadelphia Orchestra and is the violist of the Wister Quartet, 1807 & Friends chamber ensemble and the Amerita Chamber Players. She has performed in chamber concerts with Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Alicia de Larrocha, Garrick Ohlsson, Andrew Davis, Janos Starker, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Yo-Yo Ma. She and her colleagues from Wister have recorded with Direct-to-Tape Records.

As David Greene of the Bethlehem, PA Globe-Times wrote, "The Wisters, individually and collectively, produce some of the richest string sound I've encountered. Their ensemble is magnificent and they play with imagination and passion." Daniel Webster of the Philadelphia Inquirer put it simply, "The Quartet has become the foremost [Philadelphia] chamber music ensemble."