Magellan String Quartet

Magellan String Quartet
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Since 1990, the Magellan String Quartet has been on a quest to craft creative and multi-disciplinary ways to engage and guide audiences through musical explorations, which like spices, make the unfamiliar or perceptively bland more enjoyable and memorable. The Magellan String Quartet takes its name from the Age of Discovery and Ferdinand Magellan, the great Portuguese explorer who led the first circumnavigation of the globe in Spain’s quest to find a new and faster sea route to the Spice Islands in the East.

Concentrating on live performance, the Quartet’s activities range from informative concerts, collaborative community outreach programs, lecture recitals, to master classes, educational workshops, family concerts, and interactive children’s programs.

The Magellan String Quartet includes 2 violins, 1 viola and 1 cello. Core group personnel are Violinists Jonathan Aceto and Jason Economides, Violist Carl Purdy and Cellist Ruth Berry. Violinists Ryan Kho and Laura Tomlin are founding members of the Magellan String Quartet, and are often featured, in addition to guest violinists Mary Burndrett, Angela Shaw and Eliza Hesse.

The Magellan String Quartet is an ensemble of versatile professionals with experience in many venues and musical styles. Our repertoire includes music that is perfect for every occasion, including religious services, weddings, funerals, parties and receptions. We have arrangements of popular music, popular classics, and extensive options for holidays throughout the calendar.

The Quartet performs standard format concerts (complete works of string quartet repertoire from all stylistic periods), as well as complete cycles of string quartet works by celebrated composers, such as the six Haydn Op. 76 quartets and the six Beethoven Op. 18 quartets. These cycles are performed in two performances, usually over two consecutive days.

Please click on the programs below for more information:

  • Global Navigation with the Magellan String Quartet educational programs are coordinated with the Georgia Learning Standards for specific age-group curricula in Social Studies, Science, Math and Music.
  • Tin Pail Tales are interactive performances of beloved children’s literature, which feature a professional storyteller with the Magellan String Quartet.
  • Musical Morsels are programs that are a sampling of works thematically tied together with informative commentary. These shorter concerts are 30-60 minutes.
  • Magellan Journeys are programs that are a sampling of works thematically tied together with informative commentary. These longer concerts are 75-120 minutes.

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