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Vive la Différence
String Quartets by 5 Women from 3 Continents


The Crescent Quartet was founded in 1979 with the intention of uncovering and presenting music by women composers, championing the string quartet repertoire, and promoting new works. Festival performances include the Conference/Workshop on 20th Century String Quartets by Women Composers, Frau und Müsik, The First National Congress on Women in Music, El Congresso Internacional de la Mujer en la Música, and 4th Congrès International Femmes et Musique. The Quartet has performed at the United Nations and in concert throughout the USA, Germany, France, and Mexico, and has been broadcast throughout the world. They appear in the feature film "Nighthawks" playing Mozart. This diverse and talented group continues to challenge audiences with important concert programming.

Violinist Alicia Edelberg is associate concertmaster of the New York City Opera orchestra. Her concerto engagements include the Boston Pops, National Symphony of Peru in Lima, and the Chamber Symphony of New Jersey. She performs as a chamber musician and recitalist throughout the Northeastern USA.

Nancy McAlhany, a violinist with the New York City Opera, also performs with the New York City Ballet and as concertmaster for many New York orchestras, including the Trinity Bach Cantata series and the Brooklyn Bach Festival, where she also serves as soloist. She has also worked with Sinead O'Connor, Soul Asylum, Queensryche, and Madonna. Ms. McAlhany appears in recital nationally, and is also in demand as a recording artist.

Violist Jill B. Jaffe concertizes and records extensively throughout the USA, Europe, and Japan. Her credits encompass "legit" classical, tango, world music, and the New York "downtown" scene. She works with luminaries in these areas, and since the recording of these works, has become a composer in her own right, mostly film and theatre music so far, but it's not over yet.

Cellist Maxine Neuman's solo and chamber music career spans the Americas, Europe and Japan. She recorded the Schumann Cello Concerto for Austrophon and can also be heard on Columbia, Sony, Virgin, Opus One, Nonesuch, and other labels. Ms. Neuman is a member of Breve Early Music Ensemble and the Walden Trio.

The Alard Quartet (Joanne Zagst, Donald Hopkins, violin; Raymond Page, viola; Leonard Feldman, cello), acclaimed by audiences on four continents, is one of a distinguished line of quartets to emerge from the Juilliard School of Music. After a career spanning 33 years of concerts, recordings, workshops and teaching, the Alard Quartet retired from active professional life in 1990. Three of the members have retired from the Pennsylvania State University, which was the Alard's home base for 28 years. All members are active in other areas of performance and teaching, and the Alard still presents a limited number of concerts each year.





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