Dear Members,

From its inception, Reynolda has been a home for music and art. The bungalow was designed to accommodate a “home orchestra” in the form of an electrified pipe organ. Within the fine art collection are several paintings that represent attempts to translate the essence of music into fixed expressions for the eye. I could not be more proud to share some exciting news with you about a collaboration near and dear to our hearts. 

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) and Reynolda House Museum of American Art recently announced the formation of the Reynolda Quartet, an ensemble of renowned faculty artists in the UNCSA School of Music. This illustrates a progressive partnership for our two cultural organizations and a commitment to finding new and creative ways for Reynolda to be conveyed artistically and on an international scale. 

The quartet’s inaugural performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020,  at the Reynolda House Auditorium. As a Member, it is important for us to share with you access to an exclusive 24-hour ticket pre-sale before tickets go on sale to the general public at 11 a.m. on August 21. Seats are limited, so I encourage you to take advantage of this unique opportunity. 

With warmest regards,

Allison Perkins

About the Reynolda Quartet
Led by internationally-renowned violinist and music educator Ida Bieler, the Reynolda Quartet includes violist Ulrich Eichenauer, violinist Janet Orenstein, and cellist Brooks Whitehouse. Bieler is a seasoned veteran of the celebrated Melos and Heine Quartets, with recordings for EMI Classics, Harmonia Mundi and Deutsche Grammophon.  Eichenauer performed throughout the United States and Europe as a member of the award-winning Mendelssohn String Quartet. Orenstein and Whitehouse have toured the world from Turkey to Australia as founding members of the Guild Trio. 

The quartet’s February concert will include  Janacek’s evocative Quartet no. 2 “Intimate Letters,” Brahms’ soulful Quartet in A Minor Op. 51, and the world premiere of UNCSA faculty artist Lawrence Dillon’s Last Spring

Following this performance, the quartet has planned concerts at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Spring Chamber Music Festival in Düsseldorf, Germany, and Palazzo Ricci, European Academy for Music and Performing Arts in Montepulciano, Italy.  

For more information on the Quartet, please view our joint announcement with UNCSA.