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Spokane String Quartet: Angels and Demons


  • Sun Feb 17

    3:00 PM


Event Details

Mateusz Wolski, first violin

Amanda Howard-Phillips, second violin

Jeannette Wee-Yang, viola

Helen Byrne, cello

Dmitri Shostakovich / String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp Major
Franz Schubert / String Quartet No. 13 in D minor “Death and the Maiden”
George Crumb / Black Angels

Crystal glasses, maracas, gongs, glass rods and thimbles may not sound like instruments for a typical string quartet concert, but George Crumb’s “Black Angels” is no ordinary string quartet. The Spokane String Quartet is performing the work by the avant-garde composer at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.
Written in 1971 and subtitled, “Thirteen Images from the Dark Land,” Crumb’s “Black Angels” is played on amplified string instruments along with the non-traditional instruments. The violin embodies the devil’s music and the cello provides the voice of God in the 13 movements that depict vignettes from Hell. 
Also on the program is Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No. 13, better known as “Death and the Maiden,” and Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 7, a work written in memory of his late wife and reminiscent of the composer’s film music.

Ticket Information:

All tickets are general admission. Individual tickets are $18 adults, $15 seniors and $10 students. Group rates are also available. Tickets may be purchased, with personalized service, at the Box Office at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. or by phone at 509-624-1200.


About the Spokane String Quartet

Mateusz Wolski, first violin, has served as concertmaster for the Spokane Symphony since  2007. He previously served as concertmaster of the Annapolis Symphony. He has had a distinguished career in the United States and abroad. He came to the U.S. to attend Manhattan School of Music in 1996.  An enthusiastic chamber musician, Wolski has appeared in New York City at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, 92nd Street Y, and the Kosciuszko Foundation. Abroad, his performances have included Wigmore Hall in London, the Mozarteum in Salzburg and engagements throughout Poland, Italy, England and Germany.

Amanda Howard-Phillips, second violin, joined the Spokane Symphony in 2003, and was awarded the position of principal second violin in 2008. Originally from Bainbridge Island, Amanda received her master’s degree in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and her bachelor’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Camilla Wicks.  Amanda has been awarded fellowships to study at the National Repertory Orchestra and the International FestivalInstitute at Round Top, and was awarded first prize in the Pacific Chamber Symphony Concerto Competition in San Francisco. Amanda performs with the Oregon Coast Music Festival in the summer and is on the faculty at Gonzaga University.

Jeannette Wee-Yang, viola, is the assistant principal violist in the Spokane Symphony. Born in Singapore, where violin lessons were started, she immigrated to Vancouver, B.C., at age 8. She received a bachelor of music degree from the University of British Columbia and a master of music degree from Indiana University.  Jeannette has performed with orchestras across North America, including the Milwaukee Symphony, the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.  She also teaches viola at Whitworth University. 

Helen Byrne, cello, is assistant principal cellist with the Spokane Symphony. A native of Spokane, she graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in cello performance and in 1982 joined the Spokane Symphony. Helen is also a former church organist. She plays a cello made in 1820 by Thomas Kennedy. 

For more information go to www.spokanestringquartet.org