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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Baltimore's all female Bergamot Quartet champions new string music

Baltimore's all female Bergamot Quartet champions new string music

“Let’s start an ensemble” is the classical musician’s equivalent of “we should start a band.” The spirit may be willing, but even musicians performing at the highest levels can struggle to overcome the administrative and democratic hurdles of keeping a group together.

That’s why the members of Bergamot Quartet, the Baltimore-based string quartet that specializes in contemporary music, didn’t discuss their future until they’d already been playing together for two years.

It was the spring of 2018, and the group was fresh off a successful performance of George Crumb’s “Black Angels” at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. More important, they had just been accepted to a...

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