This is one of the most joyful pieces of Dvořák to me… In this piece I hear the joy of the first thaw. That we can start moving again and life starts blossoming.“
– Bassist Sam Suggs
With the dogwoods in bloom, the Spring Eternal series taking root, vaccinations up, and case numbers down, spring has sprung here in the Shenandoah Valley, and with it a collective sense of re-awakening. Though our Heifetz faculty bassist Samuel Suggs could not have imagined how prescient his words seem today in introducing the the first movement of Antonin Dvořák’s String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 77. The performance – featuring fellow faculty members Andrés Cárdenes, Bela Horvath, violins, Heifetz student Hsuan Lee, viola; and Artist in Residence cellist Dominic Lee.- matches the mood of the concert – joyous and celebratory, marking the conclusion of the incredible Heifetz summer of 2019, the first to introduce the “bass boost” to our festival with the addition of a Double Bass Studio to our summer program. And we’re thrilled to announce that Sam and the basses will be back in person this summer! Look for news in the coming weeks about the upcoming #Heifetz2021 summer program and our accompanying Festival of Concerts!