Quartet remixes classics with Linfield musicians

Four musicians from the Oregon Symphony joined together to form the Mousai Remix quartet that performed April 25 at Delkin Recital Hall.

Members of the quartet first met at a sight-reading party and realized that they enjoyed playing together. Their goal is to play within the community.

They often play with children, in elderly homes and with the children’s outreach program for the Oregon Symphony.

They like playing in a quartet because they like to mix it up and interpret the music how they view it, they said.

With an energetic start, Mousai Remix performed the first movement of W.C. Handy’s string quartet.

There was a sense of connection and it was evident that the performers enjoyed playing the music together.

Emily Cole is a violinist originally from Seattle and has been with the Oregon Symphony for two years.

Cole began playing the piano at 6 years old, but not by choice.

She eventually switched to the violin, where she first studied under her mother, who is a violinist in the Seattle Symphony.

Shin-young Kwon is a violinist from South Korea and studied at the Manhattan School of Music.

Kwon began playing the piano at 3 years old, then at 6 years old, learned how to play the violin. She now plays the piano but only as a hobby.

Marilyn de Oliveira is a cellist from Brazil. She came to the U.S. to go to college and has been with the Oregon Symphony for four years.

De Oliveira has been playing the cello since she was 5 years old.

Her older sister plays the violin and her father told her that she could play the same instrument as her sister or something bigger. So de Oliveira chose a larger instrument.

Jennifer Arnold, who plays viola, is from Ohio and has been with the Oregon Symphony for eight seasons.

Arnold first started playing the violin. During a summer camp in high school there were not enough violas so the violins had to switch back and forth. Arnold decided to just stick with the viola.

The members of the Mousai Remix string quartet think that the future of classical music as a popular genre is having an open mind in attracting an audience and encouraging it to look up what it’s interested in or pieces it’s heard, but also just having fun.

Linfield’s own string quartet then played “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber, which is often used in film and television.

It was used in “Sicko” (2007), “Elephant Man” (1980) and has been heard in episodes of “Southpark” and “How I Met Your Mother.”

The Linfield quartet consists of sophomore violinist  Sasha Meyer, junior violinist Lauren Pak, freshman violist Richard Liang and sophomore cellist Alyssa Townsend.

Mousai Remix and Linfield then combined their quartets to play “Adagio for Strings” again.

The members of Mousai Remix advised the Linfield quartet on how it can improve playing together and gave it some examples.

Mousai Remix finished the concert by playing the second and fourth movement of Handy’s string quartet.

 

Kiera Downs/Copy editor

Kiera Downs can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.