The musicians of Surf and Sound perform at the Dare County Arts Council. (LtoR) Abigel Kralik, violin; Elizabeth Vonderheide, violin; Luke Fleming, viola; Jacob Fowler, cello.

The musicians of Surf and Sound perform at the Dare County Arts Council. (LtoR) Abigel Kralik, violin; Elizabeth Vonderheide, violin; Luke Fleming, viola; Jacob Fowler, cello.

Kudos have to be given to the Bryan Cultural Series for finding a way to bring the Surf and Sound Chamber Music Series to the Outer Banks for the sixth time.

In the past, the Surf and Sound Series toured the Outer Banks playing in Duck, Southern Shores and Manteo. Their performance in Duck was always at the Amphitheater and was free creating a marvelous setting to hear truly world-class musicians perform in a beautiful setting.

With COVID-19 restrictions in place, it was clear that touring the Outer Banks could not happen. Instead, what the Bryan Cultural Series did was partner with the Dare County Arts Council to broadcast two live performances, one on Tuesday and the other tonight, Friday.

And what marvelous performances there were.

What Surf and the Surf and Sound musicians performed

Since this 2020 is the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, two of their selections were     compositions from the master. Wednesday it was his Trio Op. 9 no. 3 in C minor and tonight his Quartet Op. 18 no. 4 in C minor. Beautiful music and it could not have been performed any better.

The quartet also performed Dvorak’s Opus 96 “American” that Dvorak wrote while touring the United States.

On Friday it was Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor, op. 10. It’s a challenging but wonderful piece of music.

What may have been most remarkable about the performance was that, because of COVID-19 restrictions, the musicians had not had a chance to rehearse or play together for some time. Their first rehearsal was Monday.

By all mean, follow the link to the Bryan Cultural Series and then click on the “Virtual Event” button. Thanks to a grant from the Outer Banks Community Foundation for sound and recording equipment, the recording quality is excellent.

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