Anna Clyne Composes New Piece for String Quartet and Orchestra for Fischoff National Chamber Music Association and South Bend Symphony Orchestra for Anniversary Celebration
South Bend, IN – August 18, 2023 – Award-winning, London-born and New York-based composer, Anna Clyne’s world-premiere Quarter Days, written for the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association and South Bend Symphony Orchestra will be performed on October 22, 2023 in South Bend, IN, USA. The celebrated partnership of the two organizations marks a significant milestone as both celebrate respective anniversaries – Fischoff’s 50th and South Bend Symphony Orchestra’s 90th.
Anna Clyne, ranked among the top living composers in the world, has been tasked with creating a masterpiece that will showcase the brilliance of chamber music and the symphonic prowess of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. The commissioned piece is a testament to the dedication and commitment of both organizations to advancing the world of classical music.
The world premiere of Clyne’s Quarter Days will take place at the acclaimed DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, located at the University of Notre Dame. The Euclid Quartet, a distinguished ensemble of Fischoff alumni, will take the stage alongside the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Conductor Alistair Willis, to present this highly anticipated composition to aficionados of symphonic and chamber music alike.
The collaboration is a celebration, exemplifying the shared commitment of Fischoff and South Bend Symphony Orchestra in championing the forward momentum of classical music on an international level. “Anna Clyne’s talent and artistry are unparalleled, and we are thrilled to celebrate the synergy of chamber music and orchestral performance during our 50th Anniversary,” said Scott Campbell, Executive Director of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association. “Fischoff has spent 5 decades championing classical chamber music and we are so grateful to Anna Clyne, South Bend Symphony, and the Euclid Quartet to collaborate with us on this unique project. We extend special thanks to Jeny and John Sejdinaj for underwriting Fischoff’s share of this commission in honor of Fischoff’s 50th anniversary. It is a gift to the classical music world and we are hopeful this new work finds a strong and lasting place in both chamber and symphonic repertoire.”
Quarter Days promises to be an experience that will captivate audiences. Don’t miss the premiere of this extraordinary piece, an homage to the past, and a bold step toward the future of classical music.
Tickets for the premiere are available now. Further details about the event and the artists involved can be found below:
Founded in South Bend, IN, in 1973, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association hosts the Fischoff Competition, the largest and longest running chamber music competition in the nation. More than 8,000 musicians have participated, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in music performance and education.
This unique arts organization has secured its place as the nation’s premier educational chamber music competition because of the caliber of its jurors, performance venues and well-known alumni. It is also known for extensive outreach programming during the competition and throughout the year. The Fischoff uniquely partners with competition alumni to bring free, innovative music programs directly to children in their own schools and community centers. Since 1995, these programs have served more than 97,500 community children, reaching more than 4,000 underserved youth annually.