Sirius Quartet - New World


New World by the Sirius Quartet invites listeners into the familiar terrain of a string quartet, yet once you’re here, you’ll experience something altogether different, manifested in the genre-defying repertoire, the stylistic differences between each musician, and in their virtuosic performances. Artists, it has been said, can create visions of the future. The Sirius Quartet is an exemplar of how folks from different artistic and cultural backgrounds can come together as one: Fung Chern Hwei (violin) from Malaysia, Gregor Huebner (violin) from Germany; Ron Lawrence (viola) from the United States; and Jeremy Harman (cello) from Canada. In this program, we have a soundtrack for not only a new world, but a better one.

Though the four members of the Sirius Quartet come from different countries and cultures, many of the same political and societal forces are bringing tumult and dislocation across the planet. These incredible musicians are creating music that speaks passionately to the times in which we live, and by so doing, are challenging the rest of us to imagine and ultimately manifest more harmony in the world.

Contemporary classical protest music doesn’t get more interesting or hauntingly diverse than this.

- New York Music Daily