Telluride Chamber Music: Quatuor Girard, 9/8, & Return Of Happy Hours!

The Telluride Chamber Music Festival has really raised the heat during the summer season with some of the most exciting musical events Telluride has ever seen, including Musicfest and the 50th birthday party featuring the New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet. Next up: Quatuor Girard, the Von Trapp version of a string quartet, September 8, 7 pm., Sheridan Opera House.

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Traveling all the way from France for a special performance, the award-winning Quatuor Girard will be performing a concert at the Sheridan Opera House on September 8, 7pm, presented by Telluride Chamber Music. Passionate about education, the Quartet will also be performing workshops for the younger members of our community during their time in Telluride.

The Quartet will be traveling to the US to celebrate their Telluride connection with Martin Girard, their uncle and local Telluride resident and, at the same time, as part of the national celebrations around the 100 year anniversary of the birth of their great uncle, René Girard. Girard was an esteemed academic called “the Darwin of the social sciences.” The man emigrated from France to the United States in 1947 and went on to become a university professor at Bryn Mawr, Duke, Johns Hopkins, SUNY Buffalo and finally Stanford.

Composed of members of one large (and incredibly musical) family, the Girard Quartet has been performing chamber music together for years. Trained by the Ysaÿe Quartet at Paris’s Conservatoire Régional and then by Miguel da Silva at Genève’s Haute Ecole de Music, the Quartet quickly made a name for itself internationally, winning several important music awards.

The Girards have been guests in many prestigious concert halls and festivals in France, including the Auditorium of the Musée d’Orsay and the Théâtre du Châtelet both in Paris. The Quartet is also sought after on the international scene, notably in London’s Wigmore Hall, as well as enjoying a residency at the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium’s Royal Chapel where they benefited from close contact with the Artemis Quartet and further tours in Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Morocco, Russia, China and Japan.

The Quartet combine concert activities with an ongoing drive to make their music available to audiences of all tastes. They are regularly broadcast on national radio stations  – France Musique, Radio Classique and Musiq’3 – and are also supported by the Singer-Polignac Foundation.

The Quartet’s recent albums, The Starry Sky (Paraty 2018) and Saint-Saëns (B Records 2019) were received with critical acclaim.

The musicians play four instruments created between 2014 and 2016 by Charles Coquet, the renowned Parisian maker of stringed instruments.


Antonin Dvorak – String Quartet No.12 ‘American’
Samuel Barber – ‘Adagio’
Claude Debussy – String Quartet in G minor


Telluride Chamber Music and Telluride Arts are getting together again to bring you this fun and free series featuring talented local musicians, which will appeal to both first time classical music goers and dedicated listeners alike. This summer the concerts will take place at Telluride Arts Gallery on Main Street. Come and enjoy some beautiful music and a glass of wine in a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere!

Happy Hour Line-Up

8/30 – “A Night at the Movies’“with Annie Foxen, Danny DeSantis, Caroline & Colby Morrison
(violin, viola, cello & piano)
9/6 –“A French Twist” with Claire Beard & Travis Fisher (flute and piano)
9/13 – Donavan Dailey (guitar)
9/20 – Anneke Dean & Travis Fisher (violin & piano)

Music: 6-7pm for all concerts

Free admission, Seating is first come, first served

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