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The Flagler name has long been associated with great music. Henry and Mary Lily Flagler frequently hosted musical performances in Whitehall's elaborate Music Room furnished with a 1,249 pipe J.H. & C.S. Odell & Co. organ and a Steinway upright grand piano. Flagler's son, Henry Harkness Flagler, was chairman of the New York Philharmonic Society. One of Flagler's granddaughters, Jean Flagler Matthews, founded the Flagler Museum, restored Whitehall's elaborate Odell organ and in 1969 brought the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Bernstein, to South Florida for a Museum benefit concert. Another of Flagler's granddaughters, Mary Flagler Cary, amassed a large collection of original music manuscripts now at the Morgan Library.

The association between the Flagler name and great music continues today in the form of the Flagler Museum Music Series, making it possible to experience chamber music, as it was intended, in the gracious and intimate setting of the Museum's West Room. Regularly featured on National Public Radio, the Flagler Museum Music Series features acclaimed musicians performing music composed prior to 1930 in what critics have described as the finest chamber music venue in South Florida. Audience members are treated to a rare opportunity to meet performers during a champagne & dessert reception following each concert.

The 2012 artists include: Adaskin String Trio (Jan. 10), Euclid Quartet (Jan. 24), Stradivari Quartet (Feb. 7), Moscow String Quartet (Feb. 21) and Violinist Joanna Marie Frankel (March 6).

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Adaskin String Trio

Adaskin String Trio
January 10, 2012
7:30 p.m.

The Adaskin String Trio has won over audiences internationally with exuberant and stirring performances. Their playing has been hailed for spontaneity, intensity and charm. Formed in 1994, the trio performs extensively throughout the United States and Canada, and has appeared at Merkin Concert Hall in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and in Boston, Los Angeles, Montreal, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Santa Barbara, and Chicago. In addition, the trio’s concerts have been regularly recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio, Radio-Canada, and National Public Radio. This dynamic ensemble commands a large string trio repertoire ranging from Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven to Dohnanyi, Rozsa, Villa-Lobos, and Schnittke.

“Not only was the Adaskin’s technical mastery never in question, they brought to the music a focus and intensity that was all the keener for its selflessness" - Boston Globe

Reviews:

"Adaskin Trio charms at Flagler Museum, playing with elegance, charm" - Márcio Bezerra,  Palm Beach Daily News

"The Adaskin String Trio did something at its Flagler Museum concert that only the better chamber groups do: Play unusual, rarely heard material with the same kind of commitment they expend on the standards." - Greg Stepanich, Palm Beach ArtsPaper

Euclid Quartet

Euclid Quartet
January 24, 2012
7:30 p.m.

The Euclid Quartet is one of the most well-regarded chamber ensembles of its generation, whose performances are filled with passion, virtuosity, and sensitivity. This award-winning group currently holds the prestigious residency at Indiana University South Bend. The eclectic mixture of the quartet members represents four continents of the world, and inspires programs that celebrate the quartet's diverse international heritage. The quartet has performed to high acclaim across the country – at appearances including  Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the Aspen Music Festival, Merkin Hall, and the National Gallery – and has won top prizes at several prestigious competitions.

“The impressiveness of the Euclid Quartet extended to all the styles ... [Their] emotional and timbral richness... [They are] devoted, expert and exhilarating.” - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Reviews:

"Euclid Quartet's lush romantic tones fill Flagler Museum" - Márcio Bezerra, Palm Beach Daily News

"The Euclids played their hearts out for the full house attending their concert at the Flagler Museum" - Rex Hearn, Palm Beach ArtsPaper

Stradivari Quartet

Stradivari Quartet
February 7, 2012
7:30 p.m.

Four Stradivaris, perfect musical instruments, find four musicians who bring out of them all the height and depth of human emotion that music can express. What unites them is their love of music; what drives them is their enthusiasm for using their musical talent to tell stories; technical perfection is a basic precondition which can be allowed to slip into the background. They breathe life into the completed work: the work of Stradivari and the works of the composers. This love is something that reaches to the heart that can be felt by anyone who is able and willing to listen.

“distinguished by an impressively refined sound” - The New York Times

Reviews:

"Stradivari Quartet Delivers Fearless Performance at Flagler Museum" - Márcio Bezerra, Palm Beach Daily News

"At The Flagler: Two Standout String Quartets" - by Palm Beach ArtsPaper Staff, Palm Beach ArtsPaper

Moscow String Quartet

Moscow Quartet
February 21, 2012
7:30 p.m.

The members of the Moscow String Quartet have earned a place among the most distinguished artists of our time. All graduates of the Moscow Conservatory and Gnessin Musical Institute (Moscow), they were students of eminent professors, including Yuri Yankelevich, and Genrihk Talalian of the Komitas String Quartet. The Moscow String Quartet gained international acclaim after winning the 1978 Leo Weiner International Quartet Competition in Budapest.  The next year, the quartet triumphed at the International Quartet competition in Evian, France. Since then, the Moscow String Quartet has played to consistent critical acclaim in the major concert halls of Europe and the United States. 


"...wide dynamic contrasts, masterly articulation, ...." - The Philadelphia Enquirer

Reviews:

"Moscow String Quartet plays Russian works with clarity, simplicity" - Márcio Bezerra, Palm Beach Daily News

"At The Flagler: Two Standout String Quartets" - by Palm Beach ArtsPaper Staff, Palm Beach ArtsPaper

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Joanna Marie Frankel

Joanna Marie Frankel violinist
March 6, 2012
7:30 p.m.

Hailed by The Washington Post as “an uncommonly fine young violinist,” and praised for her “palpable singing tone and aesthetic intelligence” (The New York Sun, New York City), violinist Joanna Marie Frankel consistently shares her unique imagination before many and diverse audiences. As a soloist Ms. Frankel has performed across the U.S. and Europe. A recipient of The 2007 Career Grant from the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation, and of The Juilliard School’s prestigious 2007 William Schuman Prize for outstanding artistic excellence and leadership, Ms. Frankel was most recently named a 2008 La Gesse Foundation Young Artist Fellow, which will lead to solo recitals in France, Germany, Hungary, and in New York City’s Carnegie Hall. She performs on the 1846 Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin labeled ‘Joseph Guarnerius fecit Cremonae,’ on extended loan from a generous patron through the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation.

Robin Arrigo will accompany Ms. Frankel. Robin Arrigo received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Master of Music Education from Florida State University. She also earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from University of Miami in Accompanying and Chamber Music. Since living in the Palm Beach area, Dr. Arrigo has served as an Artist Resident at Dreyfoos High School of the Arts, and Adjunct Professor of Piano / Staff Accompanist at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

“…it is interesting to speculate on what the future holds for this promising violinist… -The New York Sun

Reviews:

"She was a violinist of power and passion who bobbed and weaved with her whole body, tore savage handfuls of pizzicatos from her instrument, and played de Falla's delirium dance with a huge, commanding sound" - Greg Stepanich, Palm Beach Daily News