Musicians from Venezuela, Mexico and Colombia will present a guest artist recital at West Virginia University May 3.
The musicians are part of the Argot String Quartet of Shenandoah University (Winchester, Va.), which also includes U.S. musicians. The free, public recital begins at 4 p.m. in the Antoinette Falbo Theatre of the Creative Arts Center on WVU s Evansdale Campus.
The group features Flor Maryory Serrano of Venezuela and Cynthia Saucedo of Mexico on violin; Camilo Perez-Mejia of Colombia on cello; and Jason Diggs of the U.S. on viola.
The program will includeString Quartet Op. 18, No. 6by Ludwig van Beethoven andThe Travelers Quartetby WVU composition student Charles Perryman.
The French wordArgotmeans a group of words or vocabulary common to a group of people, a specific craft or a community. The musicians use the name to denote the diversity of their quartet.
Members of the quartet, coached by Doris Lederer and Tom Shaw, were the first participants in Shenandoah Universitys graduate string quartet program. They will receive artist diplomas in string quartet studies.
Perryman is a native of the Washington, D.C., area and received his bachelors in composition from Shenandoah University in 2006. He is currently studying with WVU composer-in-residence John Beall and will receive his masters in composition from WVU this May. Perrymans compositions draw material from his familys Scottish roots and background in bluegrass music.
The Travelers Quartetwas written especially for the Argot String Quartet, Perryman said. It is a musical depiction of a journey through the home countries of each of the members of the quartet and the composer, including the U.S., Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico and finally to the U.S. again for a long train ride home.
The train eventually slows, and we begin to recall the experiences we have had on the journey,Perryman said.The train comes to a complete stop, and we return home more aware and experienced than we were before we left.