A conversation with Dan Heck, Visual and Performing Arts Department Chairman, and Board Chairman, Francis Lonsway, began last fall. SiCheng Liu, the Upper School strings teacher, joined as preparations were made for a Master Class with her eighteen-member string orchestra.

On March 10, the Miro Quartet with Clive Greensmith, listened to the orchestra play the first movement of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins in A Minor. Working separately at first then as a team, members of the quartet underscored the importance of the softness of the piano notes which quickly cascaded to crescendos. They helped the Concert Master with the importance of bringing all the string players with her and to listen to the deep notes of the cellos as cues for the next section of the music.

The artists’ turn began with Boccherini’s “Musica notturno delle strade di Madrid. After learning of regular practice three or more hours daily, a student, having heard about Monday evening’s performance of Schubert’s String Quartet in C Major, asked if they would play one of the four movements; the artists chose the Scherzo.  Stunning . . . and the applause reflected it.