The Wistaria String Quartet formed in 2013 to perform George Crumb’s “Black Angels” and Steve Reich’s “Different Trains” as part of Amherst College’s Copeland Colloquium. Since their inception, they have maintained strong ties to Amherst College, where they frequently perform new works by faculty, students, and alumni.
As local musicians living in the Pioneer Valley, the members of the Quartet — violinists Sarah Briggs and Kaila Graef, violist Gregory Diehl and cellist Wayne Smith — share a deeply-rooted commitment to this area’s communities and people. The Quartet has appeared at venues ranging from Amherst College’s Buckley Recital Hall and the Northampton Academy of Music to less traditional locations such as the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, Greenfield’s Pushkin Gallery, the Montague Bookmill, the Hampshire County Jail, and Northampton’s Interfaith Cot Shelter for the homeless. For this performance, our cellist is Karl Knapp who has recently served as Principal Cellist with Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, Arctic Chamber Orchestra, and Juneau Symphony. This is a FREE CONCERT but we will be accepting donations that will go to Cathedral in the Night. The concert will also be live-streamed on the Edwards Church YouTube page. https://www.youtube.com/c/EdwardsChurchNorthamptonMA