The Restoration Concerts Committee of the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library will be presenting a Restoration Concert on Sunday, May 28, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. The quartet in residence, The New Hollywood String Quartet, returns to perform the Debussy Quartet in G minor and the Ravel Quartet in F Major. Tickets will be available at the door for $25. The concert will be held in the beautiful historic Library Community Room at 1115 El Centro St. in South Pasadena. Mask wearing is optional but strongly recommended.
The New Hollywood String Quartet had its debut concert in Los Angeles on Jan. 9, 2001 and has been performing to critical acclaim ever since. Inspired by the great Hollywood String Quartet from over half a century ago, the current members of the NHSQ are likewise premiere performers of their generation. The quartet members are Tereza Stanislav – violin, Rafael Rishik – violin, Robert Brophy – viola, and Andrew Shulman – cello.
Individually, and together as one of the top string quartets in Southern California, they are well known guests at many of the most prestigious concert series in Los Angeles and its environs. Its members reside in Los Angeles and have recorded hundreds of film scores, are members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and have decades of chamber music experience between them.
In the summer of 2019, the NHSQ launched their inaugural summer festival entitled “Summer of Brahms Chamber Music Festival” in South Pasadena. To incredible critical acclaim and capacity audiences the NHSQ presented all twenty-five of the instrumental chamber works of Johannes Brahms in collaboration with some of the world’s most renowned chamber musicians. In December of 2021, the NHSQ presented a three day festival showcasing some of the most celebrated chamber music works of Mozart and Schubert. In 2023, The Summer of Paris Chamber Music Festival will showcase the chamber music of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.
The Restoration Concerts Committee, a committee of the non-profit organization, The Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, has a goal to bring world-class music at an affordable price to the concertgoers in South Pasadena and surrounding communities. As the name suggests, net proceeds from the concerts provide for restorations, enhancements and other benefits to the South Pasadena Library and Community Room.