Classical masterpieces resonated throughout the Ferguson Library Auditorium Tuesday night as the Lumina String Quartet performed famous works of Mozart, Haydn and Schober.
The Connecticut based quartet consists of two Viennese and two New York Composers. It's supported by Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia, the Palace Theatre and other community members and organizations. The quartet has been playing twice a year at the library for over 10 years.
"They are just such top-notch musicians," said the Ferguson Library's Director of Services Alice Knapp. "This is partially underwritten by a grant and that's how we are able to have them here."
"Many, many composers, the greatest composer wrote the most intimate and complicated music for a quartet because it's much easier to put it together for an orchestra."
The quartet honored young teenage musician Scott Feiner, who with the help of Lumina members, won a competition for his composition two years ago at 14 years old.
"He wrote a piece for clarinet, violin, and piano," said quartet leader Asya Meshberg. "He's a wonderful pianist and he applied for the competition for composers and his teacher asked myself and Phillip to play with him, which we did and we won."
"Asya asked him to write a piece for string quartet," said Phillip Bashor. "Which we did and premiered last year and then she also asked him to write and then she also asked him to write for the string quartet and me and that's what we just did today."
"I specifically enjoyed the third piece knowing it was composed by such a young person," said Brian Kaether. "I just thought it was great that someone so young could make something that great."
About eight years ago the Lumina String Quartet established the Chamber Music Institute for Young Musicians to teach students performance and repertory.
"It was accessible to us growing up, it was on TV all the time. It sort of isn't on TV anymore."
"Kids, a lot of kids don't like this music but it would be great if more people listen to it because if you start listening to it, you'll like it, said Bryan Paige. "If you don't really give it a chance in the beginning, then it's hard to get into it."