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Aeolus Quartet teaches, performs during visit

Violinists Nicholas Tavani and Rachel Shapiro, violist Gregory Luce, and cellist Alan Richardson filled the Ruth H. Barrus Concert Hall with classical music on Nov. 7 as the Aeolus Quartet.

These musicians shared music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonin Dvorak and Franz Schubert.

Nathan May, Tavani’s cousin and a junior studying music, was not pulled in just to see his relative perform, but rather the interaction between the instrumentalists.

“Their musicality is at an extremely high level,” May said. “What I am most excited for is just hearing the interplay between the instruments, the interaction and the way they can communicate as they play.”

The group’s communication not only showed in the sounds of the instruments, but their facial and physical body language as they really tuned into the movements.

Maren Finch, a freshman studying theatre studies, was able to gain a new perspective on classical music.

“I am in a humanities class right now, and I was coming here with my friends,” Finch said. “And the more I have been listening to classical music not just for class, but coming here, I have discovered that I really enjoy it, and it’s fun to listen to. It’s kinda like classic rock to me. It’s like, ‘Yeah let’s jam out to this.’”

The Aeolus Quartet is “dedicated to bringing music into the community,” according to the group’s website, and they did just that by holding chamber music master classes for the students at BYU-Idaho.

The students were able to get feedback as well as ask any questions they had regarding technique. After the master classes were done, the quartet stayed to hear the String Chamber Ensemble’s concert the following Saturday night.

The concert ended with an opportunity to talk to each of the performers during a social in the foyer.

Aeolus’s Tavani shared some of the advice he had for those looking to perform as a career.

“Practice hard and be ready for years of — I won’t say it’s bad, because music is always enjoyed through the player, but I think you have to be willing to be content to be playing it for yourself and for others and maybe not getting the recognition right away,” Tavani said.

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