We were profiled by Paul Horsley in the Kansas City Independent at the start of 2019, who wrote:
"There's good reason to believe that Opus 76, Kansas City's 'new resident string quartet' is on course to blaze a trail"
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Our April 2019 performance of Haydn's op.76 no 4 & Beethoven's op.59 no.2 was reviewed by Paul Pattison for KC Arts Beat, who described us as:
"this remarkable group of dedicated and accomplished musicians ... played with charm and vitality...a group well worth hearing again and again."
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Our June 2019 performance of Haydn's op.76 no 6 & Beethoven's op. 127 was reviewed by Paul Pattison for KC Arts Beat, who remarked:
"The insight of the musicians of the Opus 76 Quartet cannot be overstated. Taking a journey through the Haydn Opus 76 quartets while allowing a comparison with Beethoven's quartets was a special treat. All performances I attended were marked by the highest degree of professionalism and musical acumen. The dedication of these musicians in bringing music not often heard to the public is commendable and appreciated. I eagerly await the opening of their second season in late August."
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The Opus 76 Quartet, now entering it’s 2nd season, has become known for its entertaining and energetic interpretations of the classics. KC Arts Beat recently described the quartet as a “remarkable group of dedicated musicians [who] played with charm and vitality, [and are] well worth hearing again and again,” and praised a recent performance for being “marked by the highest degree of professionalism and musical acumen.” The KC Independent noted that “There’s good reason to believe that Opus 76, Kansas City’s ‘new resident string quartet’ is on course to blaze a trail.” Based in Kansas City, Keith Stanfield, Zsolt Eder (violins), Ashley Stanfield (viola) and Sascha Groschang (cello) perform 40 concerts a year together in the United States.
During the 2019-20 season, the quartet will continue its free “Classical Series” - expanding the series from 6 concerts last season to 9. These concerts are all free admission as a service to the community of Kansas City. Hosted by Old Mission United Methodist Church, the series provides free refreshments and a family friendly atmosphere, all based around a live performance of two quartets – typically featuring work by Mozart, Haydn or Beethoven. In Fall 2019, the ensemble will also perform two different concerts live on Kansas Public Radio, and begin a residency at Bishop Spencer Place, performing the quartet’s first full Beethoven Cycle, which will continue throughout the season. A recital tour throughout the Midwest will culminate in a recording of Haydn op.76 no.4 “Sunrise,” Mozart quartet no. 16 (k.428) and Beethoven op.74 “Harp” - the quartet’s first full album. The CD is scheduled for release in Summer 2020. To honour the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s death, the Opus 76 Quartet will embark upon a six week Beethoven Cycle in Fall 2020, at six community centered venues across Kansas City.
In 2018, the Opus 76 Quartet recorded two quartets by living composers David Izzard and Mike Moreland, as well as a quartet by Franz Josef Haydn. They completed a Lenten tour of places of worship in Kansas City, performing Haydn’s “Seven Last Words of Christ.” Opus 76 also collaborated with other arts groups and musicians, having accompanied “The Priests” on tour in the USA as well as the Spire Chamber Ensemble.
The Opus 76 Quartet was formed in 2018 by Keith Stanfield, Zsolt Eder, Ashley Stanfield and Sascha Groschang, while all four were performing together frequently in various orchestras. They are coached by recently retired founding member of the Takács Quartet, Károly Schranz.
The Opus 76 Quartet
Violin: Keith Stanfield
Keith is Concertmaster of the Kansas City Civic Orchestra and Kinnor Philharmonic Orchestra.
Zsolt is Concertmaster of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Violin and Viola at Washburn University.
Ashley is Principal Violist of the Kinnor Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sascha is Principal Cellist of the Saint Joseph Symphony.
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