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Enjoy the internationally acclaimed Ciompi Quartet’s newest member, Caroline Stinson, in her Weymouth Center debut at the next Classically Sundays concert. Stinson and the full quartet perform a special musical concert on February 3rd in the Great Room with guest artist, Alan Ware.

The quartet, known for its technical brilliance, was founded more than 50 years ago at Duke University. Offering outstanding opportunities for Duke students to work closely with performance artists, the quartet has a reputation for brilliance and musical elegance, with a warm, unified sound that allows each player’s individual voice to emerge.

The 2pm program will include the Quintet in A for clarinet and strings, K. 581 by W.A. Mozart; String Quartet No. 2 in G, Op. 153 by Camille Saint-Saens, and Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 by Johannes Brahms.

Since its founding in 1965 by the renowned Italian violinist Giorgio Ciompi, the Ciompi Quartet of Duke University has delighted audiences and impressed critics around the world. All members are professors at Duke where they teach instrumental lessons, coordinate and coach chamber music and perform.

In careers that spans five continents and include many hundreds of concerts the quartet members are: Eric Pritchard, violin; Hsiao-mei Ku, violin; Jonathan Bagg, viola; Caroline Stinson, cello, and visiting artist Allan Ware, clarinet.

Caroline Stinson, cello, joined the group in the 2018/19 season after her long-running career with the Lark Quartet in New York. Her refined musical voice, brilliant instrumental technique and distinguished history as a solo and ensemble player bring an exciting new talent to the Quartet.

Allan Ware was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, and studied at Davidson College, the University of North Carolina and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. In 1980 he was awarded a Fulbright Grant for study clarinet in Detmold, Germany, during which time he began performing exclusively as a soloist and chamber musician. Ware is the winner of numerous prizes in international music competitions, including the "Grand Prix" at the 4th International Chamber Music Competition in Paris. Ware has performed concerts on radio and television broadcasts while teaching master classes in more than 30 countries. His distinguished career includes regular performances as a soloist/recitalist with the Salzburger Soloists; the Ciompi, Laurentian and Faust String Quartets; the Saint-Clair Trio; the Trio Lusingando; and the Bremen Clarinet Quartet. . Ware is the Artistic Director of the “Sunday Concert Series” in Osnabrück, Germany, where he lives.

The February 3rd, 2pm concert is made possible in part by the continued generosity of Ralph and Vivian Jacobson, longtime supporters of the arts and humanities at Weymouth. A light reception to meet the artists follows the performance. Tickets are $20 members, $30 nonmembers and are available at the door or on Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization located at 555 East Connecticut Avenue , Southern Pines and is home to the NC Literary Hall of Fame. For more information go to and Facebook


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