"This quintet is massive, on the same scale as a big symphony, but for only five players. The musical drama is explosive, but at times full of yearning, and there’s a lullaby in the middle. The ending has a relentless drive but is also spooky and ominous – it never fails to make the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Practicing and rehearsing this piece, for me personally, has been overwhelming," says Alexander Sandor, UW-Superior Music Department senior lecturer.
Along with Ron Kari, violist in the quartet, the Highland String Quartet is comprised of Steve Highland, violin; Laurie Bastian, violin; and Betsy Husby, cello. These musicians, and Osborn, are also members of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra.
After a short intermission, the concert will conclude with the world premiere of “Trio in E minor,” written by Sandor, and “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin.