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Scrag Mountain Welcomes Aizuri Quartet

Aizuri Quartet. Photo courtesy of Scrag Mountain Music

Scrag Mountain Music is excited to welcome the acclaimed Aizuri Quartet back to Vermont for “Aizuri Quartet: Deeply Known,” a program featuring the world premiere of Scrag co-Artistic Director Evan Premo’s String Quartet No. 1, Deeply Known.

Of his first-ever string quartet, Scrag co-Artistic Director Evan Premo writes, “Through this piece, I wanted to explore the idea of vulnerability in myself and in music. I see vulnerability as an important part of being human and how we relate to one another. But I also see that there is a danger in vulnerability—that there are two completely contradictory sides to the term necessary for it to work. My piece aims to examine this concept in four very different movements. I’m grateful to the Aizuri Quartet for coming along this journey with me, and I look forward to sharing this exploration with our audiences.”

The Aizuri Quartet returns to Scrag Mountain Music after a triumphant season as Quartet-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and having won the 2018 Grand Prize at the M Prize Chamber Arts Competition.

Also on the program is Gabriella Smith’s rocking Carrot Revolution, a work commissioned by the quartet and included on the group’s new debut album Blueprinting; a series of spirited Armenian Folk Songs by Komitas Vartabed; and, rounding out the program, Arnold Schoenberg’s masterpiece String Quartet No. 2 Opus 10, where the quartet will be joined by Scrag co-Artistic Director and soprano Mary Bonhag.

“Aizuri Quartet: Deeply Known” will be presented in one very open rehearsal on November 7 and three concerts between November 8 and 10. All concerts are “Come as you are. Pay what you can.” with at-will donations collected at intermission. Advanced sign-up for the concerts is encouraged at scragmountainmusic.org


  • Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 7:30 pm at Bread & Butter Farm, 200 Leduc Farm Rd., Shelburne.
  • Friday, November 9, 2018, at 7:30 pm at Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 130 Main St., Montpelier.
  • Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 7:30 pm at Warren United Church, 339 Main St., Warren.

Very Open Rehearsal:

  • Wednesday, November 7, at 7:00 pm at Green Mountain Girls Farm, 923 Loop Rd., Northfield.