UCLA Camarades / The VEM Quartet
Members of the VEM string quartet and UCLA Camarades perform Mendelssohn's Quartet in E minor, op. 44 no. 2, Komitas: Armenian Miniatures, and Lou Harrison: "Estampie" from String Quartet Set.
The VEM Quartet, the graduate string quartet in residence at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, is the cornerstone of the newly created Armenian Music Program at UCLA. The program, formed thanks to generous donor support and the assistance of the Lark Music Society, endeavors to raise awareness and celebrate the richness and diversity of Armenian music atradition. As part of their studies, members of the quartet strive to cultivate an appreciation and passion for Armenian music in the community through musical performances, music education, outreach services, and a series of collaborations with composers to create new works dedicated to and enriching Armenian cultural heritage. The VEM Quartet, coached by the member of the UCLA string faculty, has worked with such musicians as David Starobin, Nickolas Kitchen, and Tigran Mansuian. The quartet performed at various venues in Los Angeles such as Zipper Hall, Bing Theater, Schoenberg Hall, Hammer Museum, as well as in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and at the Incontri in Terra di Sierra Festival in Tuscany, Italy, in July 2014. In his review of their performance in Italy, critic Laurence Vittes wrote, "The evening's most memorable music was made by the VEM Quartet (a truly magnificent Nicole Sauder, Nicolette Kocsardy, Stephanie Nagler, and Luke Kim) who laid out Eduard Mirzoyan's String Quartet with a feline, subtle grace that touched hearts with its gentle melodic content, and long-lined eloquence."
A versatile ensemble ranging from duos to a full-string orchestra from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music’s acclaimed string faculty and its most gifted students, UCLA Camarades performs on- and off-campus concerts that grant students the privilege to learn via onstage performance with their mentors and share the joy of chamber music. Since its inception in 2009, the Camarades have performed at numerous chamber music series and venues of Los Angeles, including LACMA’s Sundays Live, Trinity Lutheran Church in Mahattan Beach, Dilijan Series, Music Guild, and as featured guests at the Los Angeles Philanthropic Committee for the Arts’ annual gala at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Sundays Live is made possible in part by The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the Colburn Foundation, Sarah Coode Mandell and Peter Mandell, and the Pasadena
Showcase House for the Arts.