New York Philharmonic String Quartet to make Athens debut

April 17, 2019

ATHENS, Ga. —  UGA Presents brings the 2018-19 season to a dynamic close with the Athens debut of the New York Philharmonic String Quartet. The chamber ensemble from one of America’s premier orchestras will perform a program of quartets by Haydn, Shostakovich and Brahms on May 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall.

Formed in January 2017 during the Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season, the New York Philharmonic String Quartet comprises four principal musicians from the orchestra: Concertmaster Frank Huang, Principal Associate Concertmaster Sheryl Staples, Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps and Principal Cello Carter Brey.

The quartet made its debut as the solo ensemble in John Adams’s Absolute Jest in New York in March 2017, reprising the work on the orchestra’s 2017 European tour. The ensemble has since appeared at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival and in a tour of South Korea. All four members are prize winners at international competitions and have appeared as concerto soloists with orchestras around the world.

The quartet’s Athens concert will be recorded for broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today, the most popular classical music program in the United States.

Tickets for the concert start at $30 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at or by calling 706-542-4400. A limited number of discounted tickets are available to current UGA students for $10 with a valid UGA ID (limit one ticket per student).

The concert is sponsored by Doris M. Ramsey and Dr. Allen C. and Mrs. Phyllis M. Crowell.

Hodgson Concert Hall is located in the Performing Arts Center at 230 River Road in Athens.