Videri String Quartet

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This summer the Videri String Quartet launched a competition, Quarantets, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and their separation from each other as performers.  The competition solicited string quartet arrangements of music from video games that were set in a post-apocolyptic world, or other circumstances in which life suddenly changed.

  

Many musicians have said that life as they knew it ended when the COVID-19 quaratines began. The Videri String Quartet has come up with a unique way to relfect these times. They're welcoming arrangements for string quartet of music from video games that relate in some way to a plague, post-apocalyptic times, or a disruption of everyday life in some way, with a competition they've titled Quarantets.

photo by Vicky Hyunjin Lee

The Videri String Quartet blurs the lines between traditional classical quartets and video game music. On September 15th, they performed a sold-out concert in WSHU's Stone Family Assembly Hall. Here's their performance of a suite from Star Wars Battlefront I and II by Gordy Haab, arranged by David Peacock.

photo by Vicky Hyunjin Lee

There have been some big changes recently in the Videri String Quartet. Just over a year ago, they found themselves looking for two new violinists! A happy set of referrals added Chris Ferrara and Matheus Garcia Souza to the original ensemble that includes violist Rosie Samter and cellist Jeremiah Barcus.

One of the highlights of this year's Music and Gaming Festival, Jan 4-8 was a concert of music by Austin Wintory performed by the Videri String Quartet, oboist Kristin Naigus, singer Laura Intravia, percussionist Doug Perry and Austin on piano.

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